**“** dull minds are never either intuitive or mathematical. **”**

Blaise Pascal, *Pensées* (1670). copy citation

Author | Blaise Pascal |
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Source | Pensées |

Topic | dullness intuition mathematics |

Date | 1670 |

Language | English |

Reference | |

Note | Translated by W. F. Trotter |

Weblink | http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18269/18269-h/18269-h.htm |

## Context

“Intuitive minds, on the contrary, being thus accustomed to judge at a single glance, are so astonished when they are presented with propositions of which they understand nothing, and the way to which is through definitions and axioms so sterile, and which they are not accustomed to see thus in detail, that they are repelled and disheartened. But dull minds are never either intuitive or mathematical. Mathematicians who are only mathematicians have exact minds, provided all things are explained to them by means of definitions and axioms; otherwise they are inaccurate and insufferable, for they are only right when the principles are quite clear.”
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