All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.
Year of grace 1654, Monday 23 November, feast of St. Clement … from about half past ten at night to about half an hour after midnight, FIRE. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of philosophers and scholars. Certitude, heartfelt joy, peace. God of Jesus Christ. God of Jesus Christ. “My God and your God.” … Joy, Joy, Joy, tears of joy… Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ. May I never be separated from him.
Blaise Pascal- French mathematician
This quote was found written on a piece of parchment and sewed into his coat where it was found 8 yrs. after his death.
Found this in a John Piper sermon which I will post next.