Not to think about such things…

Being unable to cure death, wretchedness and ignorance, men have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things.

Blaise Pascal, quoted in Without a Doubt by Kenneth Richard Samples, kindle location 808

Unless we love the truth…

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

Blaise Pascal, quoted in Jesus in An Age of Controversy by Douglas Groothuis, p. 15

A matter of great consequence…

The immortality of the soul is a matter which is of so great consequence to us and which touches us so profoundly that we must have lost all feeling to be indifferent as to knowing what it is. (194)

Blaise Pascal, from Pensées

Knowing Jesus strikes the balance…

Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride. Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair. Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our wretchedness.

Blaise Pascal, quoted in Jesus in An Age of Controversy by Douglas Groothuis, p. 305

It is that deceitful part in man…

Imagination—It is that deceitful part in man, that mistress of error and falsity, the more deceptive that she is not always so; for she would be an infallible rule of truth, if she were an infallible rule of falsehood. But being most generally false, she gives no sign of her nature, impressing the same character on the true and the false. Continue reading

Man is obviously made for thinking…

Man is obviously made for thinking. Therein lies all his dignity and his merit; and his whole duty is to think as he ought. Now the order of thought is to begin with ourselves, and with our author and our end.

Blaise Pascal, quoted in The End of Christendom by Malcolm Muggeridge, p. vii

We only know God through Jesus…

Not only do we only know God through Jesus Christ, but we only know ourselves through Jesus Christ; we only know life and death through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ we cannot know the meaning of our life or our death, of God or of ourselves.

Blaise Pascal, quoted in Jesus in An Age of Controversy by Douglas Groothuis, p. 302