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Commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach, musician, 1750 Experience makes us see an enormous difference between piety and goodness.


Blaise Pascal

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The heart has its reasons which the mind cannot comprehend.
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When we read too fast or too slowly, we understand nothing.
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Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons.
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Our achievements of today are but the sum total of our thoughts of yesterday. You are today where th...
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Instead of complaining that God had hidden Himself, you will give Him thanks for not having revealed...
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All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
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It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the truth.
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Kind words don't cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
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To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
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It is not permitted to the most equitable of men to be a judge in his own cause.
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Atheists ought to say what is perfectly evident; now it is not perfectly evident that the soul is ma...
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The heart has reasons which reason knows nothing of.
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Not only do we know God by Jesus Christ alone, but we know ourselves only by Jesus Christ. We know l...
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Since we cannot know all there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everyt...
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The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of... We know the truth not only by the reason,...
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If we submit everything to reason our religion will be left with nothing mysterious or supernatural....
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There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, ...
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Great and small suffer the same mishaps
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Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction
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The paintings tend to be reproduced more often.
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When all is equally agitated, nothing appears to be agitated, as in a ship. When all tend to debauch...
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We do not content ourselves with the life we have in ourselves and in our own being; we desire to li...
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No religion except ours has taught that man is born in sin; none of the philosophical sects has admi...
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We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.
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The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason.
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It is natural for the mind to believe and for the will to love; so that, for want of true objects, t...
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If man made himself the first object of study, he would see how incapable he is of going further. Ho...
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It is incomprehensible that God should exist, and it is incomprehensible that he should not exist.
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We conceal it from ourselves in vain - we must always love something. In those matters seemingly rem...
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We never love a person, but only qualities.
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I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room...
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