Quote from Blaise Pascal

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person, and it can never be filled by any created thing.  It can only be filled by God, made known through Jesus Christ.” (Blaise Pascal)

What a quote!  I know so many people who have tried or are trying to fill this God-shaped hole without Christ.  Even those of us who have filled our hearts with God have to continually strive to keep God #1 in our lives.  Marriage, kids, friends, work, even church-related activities, … (for me it’s sleep!) can try to fill that “God-shaped vacuum,” but it doesn’t work!!

We need to encourage our fellow believers to continue pursuing the Lover of our Soul!!  Also, we need to be open to the people around us who are seeking something to fill the hole in their heart.  Let’s show the world that we are made complete in Him only!!


This addition added on April 2011…

Now go to The correct quote of Blaise Pascal, please! Thank you and God bless!

11 thoughts on “Quote from Blaise Pascal

  1. I love this quote. It is so true, so very true. Sometimes we just absolutely forget how much of our lives are spent trying to fill that hole, when all we have to do is whisper the Name above all names and instantly He’s there, as close as the next breath we take. Thanks for reminding me!

    Love you,

  2. Hmmmm, “God shaped vacuum” I’m trying to verify that this quote actually came from Pascal. Does anyone know from which of his writings this comes from? I can’t seem to find it.

  3. “… the infinite abyss can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object,”

    Pascal quote is not a direct reference. the actual quote is shown below. The god Shaped hole quote is a paraphrase.

    Blaise Pascal – The Penses
    What is it then that this desire and this inability proclaim to us, but that there was once in man a true happiness of which there now remain to him only the mark and empty trace, which he in vain tries to fill from all his surroundings, seeking from things absent the help he does not obtain in things present? But these are all inadequate, because the infinite abyss can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object,
    that is to say, only by God Himself.

    Right idea, but wuote it right, the world is watching our accuracy.

  4. Voltaire seemed to strongly disagree with Pascal in key areas concerning spiritual beliefs. Personally, I find both philosophers very interesting; thank you for your site..

  5. Pascal may have been referencing St Augustine who said it well at the start of his Confessions, “God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.”

  6. Jozef,
    Which number, or where, in the Pensees? I still cannot find the quote that you provided regarding the infinite abyss in my searchable on line Pensees. Thanks, B.

    • Since Jozef’s comment was made about 4 years ago, I decided you may not get a response from him! But I do have an answer… on page 75 of Pascal’s Pensees (New York: Penguin Books, 1966). It is worded slightly different. I’m going to post what I found as well. Thanks and God bless!

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