Quote by Blaise Pascal: “The heart has its reasons which reason knows no...”
The heart has its reasons which the mind knows nothing of
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It is now used indiscriminately to justify all the irrational human behavior. This is a total contradiction with the spirit of this quote from Pascal. Indeed, Pascal discusses religious belief: belief, he says, can not be justified by the knowledge of God. The existence of God can not be justified rationally. You have to believe, Pascal says, because it is absurd. For him, the truth is accessible by two ways the heart and mind.
Anyone who actually knows French is welcome to look over these and fix up translation issues. However, if none is given soon, I will change it, and the accompanying English translation, to what I've found. Pluke: that is indeed one of Pascal's quotations. Perhaps it would be wise to insert "Man" in square brackets [ ] the first time the word "he" appears, since it is implied, referring to a previous Thought in which Pascal discussed the duplicity of man. Just a thought. It's also noteworthy that Pascal did write this divided into five lines.
From time to time I tape an important quote or saying on my office wall. One of the most significant of those quotes is by Blaise Pascal, the French philosopher who was a Christ-follower. All of us have personal spiritual struggles. In the privacy of our own minds we wonder whether other people experience questions or issues similar to the ones that plague us. For years I was someone who wrestled with doubt. How could I really know that the Bible was true, that Christ was God and that when I die the reality of heaven would break in upon me? The stakes seemed too high to just take a chance and believe.