Blaise Pascal, French mathematician and philosopher, was born on this day in 1623. He said:
"We shall die alone."
As for God, Pascal had said that you might as well believe, because even if you were wrong nothing was lost, and if you were right, so much was to be gained. Which struck Sully as a pretty flimsy hook to hang a religion or a philosophy on, not to mention valid only if you bought into the assumption that God operated on the rewards-and-punishment system. That was a pretty threadbare kind of God to believe in, in his opinion. What kind of God made belief a prerequisite for His favor, anyway? A God who was afraid He wasn’t really real, it sounded like. -- Chapter 13, The Misforgotten.