Summary of Thoughts

Summary of Thoughts

Blaise Pascal
Thoughts
“Let a man know what he is worth, let him love himself, for he is capable of good,” “let him despise himself, for the ability for good remains in him in vain” …
“A purely mathematical mind will only work properly if it knows all the definitions and beginnings in advance, otherwise it becomes confused and becomes unbearable.” “The mind, who knows directly, is not able to patiently seek out the primary principles that underlie purely speculative, abstract concepts with which he does not encounter in everyday life and him” unaccustomed. “” It happens that a person who reasonably thinks about phenomena of a certain order, is nonsense when the question concerns phenomena of a different order. “” He who is accustomed to judge and evaluate at the prompt of feelings, he does not understand anything in logical reasoning, because he seeks to penetrate the subject of research at first sight and does not want to investigate acce principles on which it is based. On the contrary, who is used to studying the beginnings, he does not understand anything in the arguments of the feeling, because he is looking for what they are based on, and is unable to cover the subject with a single glance. “” The feeling is as easy to corrupt as the mind. “” The smarter the person, the more originality he finds in every, with whom it is reported. For a mediocre person,

all people are the same person. “
“Eloquence is the art of speaking in such a way that those we turn to listen to not only without difficulty, but also with pleasure.” “We must preserve simplicity and naturalness, do not exaggerate the details, do not minimize the significant.” “The form must be elegant,” “match the content and contain everything you need.” “Otherwise the arranged words acquire a different meaning, otherwise the separated thoughts produce a different impression.”
“It is necessary to distract the mind from the work that has been started, only to give it a rest, and then not when it pleases, but when necessary”: “rest does not tire in time, and fatigue distracts from labor.”
“When you read a work written in a simple, natural style, you can not help rejoice.”
“Good,
“We are not capable of either comprehensive knowledge or complete ignorance.” “The middle given to us for an inheritance is equally remote from both extremes, so does it matter whether a person knows a little more or less?”
“Imagination” is “human ability, leading to deception, sowing mistakes and errors.” “Put the wisest philosopher on a broad board over the abyss, no matter how much the mind keeps telling him that he is safe, still the imagination will prevail.” “Imagination disposes of everything – beauty, justice, happiness, all that is valued in this world.”
“When a person is healthy, he does not understand how sick people live, and when he is boasting,” “he has other passions and desires.” “By its very nature, we are unhappy always and under all circumstances.” “Man is so unhappy that he yearns for depression even for no reason, simply because of his special position in the world.” “A person’s state: impermanence, anguish, anxiety.” “The essence of the human nature is in motion: complete peace means death.” “Any trifle solves us, because every trifle depresses us.” “We will understand the meaning of all human activities, if we delve into the essence of entertainment.”
“Of all the provisions” “the position of the monarch is the most enviable”. “He is pleased with all his desires, but try to deprive him of entertainment, to give thoughts and reflections about what he is” – “and this happiness will collapse,” “he involuntarily plunges into thoughts about threats to fate, possible mutinies,” ” about death and inevitable ailments “. “And it turns out that the monarch deprived of entertainment” is “more unhappy than the most pitiful of his subjects, who betrayed the games and other entertainments.” “That’s why people value games and chatter with women so they want to go to war or take a high position.” It’s not that they expect to find happiness in this “:” we are looking for “” disturbances that entertain us and lead us away from the agonizing meditations “. “
“Entertainment is our only joy in sorrow.” “People since childhood” “are burdened with occupations, studying languages, bodily exercises, constantly indulging that it will not be happy for him if he” fails to preserve “health, good name, property,” and “the slightest need for anything will make him unhappy. ” “And so many cases and duties fall upon him, that from dawn to dusk he is in vanity and cares.” “Take away from him these worries, and he will swing to think what he is, where he came from, where he is going – that’s why he needs to plunge his head into business, turning away from his thoughts.”
“How empty is the human heart and how many impurities in this desert!”
“People live in such a complete misunderstanding of the vanity of all human life that they come to complete bewilderment when they are told about the senselessness of chasing after honors.” Well, is not it amazing! ”
“We are so pathetic that first we rejoice in luck,” and then “we are tormented when it changes us.” “Whoever would learn to rejoice in luck and not grieve over failure, he would make an amazing discovery – it would be like inventing a perpetual motion machine.”
“We are blithely rushing to the abyss, shielding our eyes than horrible, so as not to see where we are going.” But even realizing “the whole woefulness of our being, which brings us misfortunes,” we “still do not lose some instinct, ineradicable and exalting us.”
“It’s not good to be too free.” It’s not good to know anything about anything “
“Man is not an angel or an animal,” his misfortune is that “the more he strives to become like an angel, the more he becomes an animal.” “A person is so arranged that he can not always go forward – he goes, he comes back.” “The greatness of man is in his ability to think.” “A man is but a reed, the weakest of the creatures of nature, but he is a thinking reed.”
“The strength of the mind is that it recognizes the existence of many phenomena.” “Nothing so much accords with reason as his distrust of himself.” “We must obey the mind unquestioningly, than to any ruler, for whoever contradicts reason is unhappy, and whoever contradicts the lord is only stupid.” “Reason always resorts to the help of memory in everything.” “The soul does not hold on to the heights, which in a single impulse sometimes reach the mind: it rises there not as a throne, not forever, but only for a short moment.”
“We comprehend the existence and the nature of the finite, for they are finite and extended as it is, we perceive the existence of the infinite, but we do not know its nature, for it is extended as we are, but has no boundaries, but we do not comprehend either the existence or the nature of God because it has neither length nor boundaries, only faith reveals to us its existence, only grace is its nature. ” “Faith says differently than our feelings, but it never contradicts their testimonies, it is higher than feelings, but does not oppose them.”
“Justice is not supported by force, it is weak, power not supported by justice is tyrannical.” Powerlessness will always be opposed, because bad people are not being translated, unjust power will always be outraged. with justice. ” However, “the concept of justice is just as fashionable as women’s jewelry.”
“Why do people follow the majority? Is it because it is right? No, because it is strong.” “Why follow the old laws and views because they are sensible?” No, because they are generally accepted and do not allow the seeds of discord to germinate. ” “Those who know how to invent a new one are small, and most want to follow only the generally accepted one.” “Do not boast of your ability to innovate, be content with the consciousness that you have it.”
“He who does not love the truth, turns away from it on the pretext that it is controversial, that the majority denies it, so his delusion is conscious, it results from dislike for truth and good, and this person is not forgiven.”
“People are not bored every day to eat and sleep, because the desire to eat and sleep every day is renewed, and if it were not, it would undoubtedly bore you.” Therefore, one who is not hungry, burdened with spiritual food, is the hunger of truth: the ultimate bliss. ” “I’m bothering myself for him” – this is the essence of respect for another person, and this is “deeply true.”
“Human weakness is the source of many beautiful things.”
“The greatness of man is so certain that it is confirmed even by his insignificance, for in nothing we call in man what is considered a nature in animals, thereby confirming that if now his nature differs little from an animal, then once, while he did not sleep, she was without blemish. “
“Self-interest and power are the source of all our actions: self-interest is the source of conscious actions, the power of the unconscious.” “Man is great even in his self-interest, for this property taught him to observe exemplary order in affairs.”
“The greatness of man is so great that he realizes his nothingness.” The tree of his insignificance is not conscious. ”
“People are insane, and it’s a general rule that not being a madman would also be a kind of insanity.”
“The power of flies: they win battles, stupefy our souls, torment bodies.”


Summary of Thoughts