Blaise Pascal quote about truth from Pensées - Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the want of contradiction a sign of truth.
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Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the want of contradiction a sign of truth.
 Blaise Pascal, Pensées (1670). copy citation

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Author Blaise Pascal
Source Pensées
Topic truth contradiction falsity
Date 1670
Language English
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Note Translated by W. F. Trotter
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18269/18269-h/18269-h.htm

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“The harbour decides for those who are in a ship; but where shall we find a harbour in morality?
384 Contradiction is a bad sign of truth; several things which are certain are contradicted; several things which are false pass without contradiction. Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the want of contradiction a sign of truth.
385 Scepticism.—Each thing here is partly true and partly false. Essential truth is not so; it is altogether pure and altogether true. This mixture dishonours and annihilates it. Nothing is purely true, and thus nothing is true, meaning by that pure truth.” source
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