The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing (French: Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pas) is a popular dictum from the Pensées by Blaise Pascal. It was depicted by Odilon Redon in 1887 as a man who inserts his hand into his rib cage to search for his heart. (illustration right).
- 276. M. de Roannez said: “Reasons come to me afterwards, but at first a thing pleases or shocks me without my knowing the reason, and yet it shocks me for that reason which I only discover afterwards.” But I believe, not that it shocked him for the reasons which were found afterwards, but that these reasons were only found because it shocked him.
- 277. The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. I say that the heart naturally loves the Universal Being, and also itself naturally, according as it gives itself to them; and it hardens itself against one or the other at its will. You have rejected the one and kept the other. Is it by reason that you love yourself.