Pascal’s view of happiness and faith

Note 13. To the Subsection “4. Modern Views of Value

Pascal wrote as follows: “Man without faith can know neither true good nor justice. All men seek happiness. There are no exceptions…. What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is empty print and trace? … None can help [him], since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words, God himself.” Pensées, trans. A. J. Krailsheimer (New York: Penguin Books, 1966), 74-75. He also wrote, “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” (Ibid., 154). 14.
Dictionary of Philosophy (in Japanese), ed. Koichi Mori (Tokyo: Aoki Shoten, 1974), 61.