Bertrand Russell Quotes

bertrand russell quotes

Bertrand Russell had much to say on a broad range of topics. Enjoy!

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.

The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.

All movements go too far.

The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.

Awareness of universals is called conceiving, and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realize the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.
Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.

Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time.

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.

If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.

Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.

Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.

Reason is a harmonizing, controlling force rather than a creative one.

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts.

The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favour of the belief which he finds in himself.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.

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