36 One Liners from Blaise Pascal That Will Open Your Mind

By Bilal Hafeez

(3 min read)

Blaise Pascal lived in the 1600s and is famous for his argument for the existence of God, known as ‘Pascal’s wager’. Put simply, it states that you should live as though God exists, because if you are right then you get infinite gains (heaven), and if you’re wrong you get finite losses (some pleasures). It’s a probabilistic way of thinking, which reflected the fact that Pascal was also an accomplished mathematician. This combination of interest in the meaning of life and science gave Pascal unique insights. Importantly, he was a great writer who could compress complex ideas into simple one-liners, which is why I like him so much. But don’t take my word for it – here are a selection of his one-liners: 

On Evil 

Good Character 

Human nature 

Happiness 

What is True? 

Nature 

Writing 


Hope you found the quotes useful! 

Bilal



Bilal Hafeez
 is the CEO and Editor of Macro Hive. He spent over twenty years doing research at big banks – JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, and Nomura, where he had various “Global Head” roles and did FX, rates and cross-markets research.

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