Saturday, June 19, 2010

Blaise Pascal

Haiku in Reflection

beyond measure and reason
TRUTH and GOD be known.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Blaise Pascal, musée du Louvre, Augustin Pajou, French, 1730-1809.
Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) studying the cycloid,
engraved on the tablet he is holding in his left hand;
the scattered papers at his feet are his Pensées,
the open book his Lettres provinciales.
Exhibited at the Salon of 1785; the plaster model was exhibited at the Salon of 1781.

Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662
so wrote:

"Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth."

"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 incomprehensible that God should exist,
and it is incomprehensible that he should not exist."

"For after all what is man in nature?
A nothing in relation to infinity,
all in relation to nothing,
a central point between nothing
and all and infinitely
far from understanding either.
The ends of things and their beginnings are
impregnably concealed from him
in an impenetrable secret.
He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness
out of which he was drawn
and the infinite in which he is engulfed."

for more detailed information of Blaise Pascal
Telling The Stories That Matter:
Blaise Pascal, Scientist, Follower of Truth

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