Friday, October 1, 2010

Thought for the Weekend - Blaise Pascal

For all those of you who like myself had not heard of Blaise Pascal until today, he was a french mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and philosopher from the 17th century.

I know the above, basically because I wanted to use a quote of his for one of the characters in my novel (which today has broken the 10K barrier!!!)

Anyhow I was so impressed with Blaise, that I decided to share a couple of his meaningful thoughts with you all, so here they are.

‘Let each of us examine his thoughts.  He will find them entirely occupied with the past and the future.  The present is never our purpose.  The past and the present our means; only the future is our purpose.  And so we never live, but rather hope to live and, since we are always getting ready to be happy, it is inevitable that we never actually are.’ 

He also said, 'Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.'
A thought for our politicians and all those analysts that have taken over the airwaves!! I think I am getting to like Blaise!!


  1. interesting stuff... looking forward to next weekend already!

    (and I actually did write that before I realised the irony of me ignoring Blaise's advice while simultaneously admiring it)

    As another great philosopher once said - doh

  2. Or in the words of an even greater philosopher when it comes to thinking about the future, you can't beat Pooh Bear!!!

    'Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day!'

    That's the kind of future that doesn't wreck your head!!!


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