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Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)
Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will.
W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)
All err the more dangerously because each follows a truth. Their mistake lies not in following a falsehood but in not following another truth.
W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)
I cannot judge my work while I am doing it. I have to do as painters do, stand back and view it from a distance, but not too great a distance. How great? Guess.
W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)
Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless.
W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)
When we encounter a natural style we are always surprised and delighted, for we thought to see an author and found a man.
W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)
Our notion of symmetry is derived from the human face. Hence, we demand symmetry horizontally and in breadth only, not vertically nor in depth.
W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)
Few men speak humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, skeptically of skepticism.
W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)
Those who write against vanity want the glory of having written well, and their readers the glory of reading well, and I who write this have the same desire, as perhaps those who read this have also.
W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.
Pascal, Blaise (1623-1662)
We do not worry about being respected in towns through which we pass. But if we are going to remain in one for a certain time, we do worry. How long does this time have to be?
W. H. Auden and L. Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, New York: Viking Press, 1966.

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