[pahn-seyz, pahn-; French pahn-sey]
a collection of notes, essays, etc., dealing with religious and philosophical matters by Blaise Pascal, published posthumously in 1670. Unabridged


noun, plural pensées [pahn-sey] . French.
a reflection or thought. Unabridged
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Pensées [(pahn-say) (1670)]

A set of reflections on religion by Blaise Pascal (pensées is French for “thoughts”). This work contains the famous statement “The heart has its reasons that reason does not know.”

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