743) Wisdom from Blaise Pascal

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.

There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.

Kind words do not cost much.  Yet they accomplish much.

Noble deeds that are concealed are the most esteemed.

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself.

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.

The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason.

It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason.  That is what faith is:  God perceived by the heart, not by the reason.

It is not good to be too free.  It is not good to have everything one wants.

Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons.  Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves.

The only shame is to have none.

Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see.  It is above them and not contrary to them.

The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion.

Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.

Men despise religion.  They hate it and are afraid it may be true.

The knowledge of God is very far from the love of him.

All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.

The last act is bloody, however pleasant all the rest of the play is:  a little earth is thrown at last upon our head, and that is the end forever.

As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all.


Psalm 111:10a  —  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12  —  Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:13  —  Blessed are those who find wisdom, and who gain understanding.

I Corinthians 1:25  —  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.


Oh Lord, You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

–Psalm 51:6