Quotes by Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

English philosopher and mathematician

Lived from: 1872 - 1970

Category: Philosophers | Scientists Country: FlagUnited Kingdom

Born: 18 may 1872 Died: 2 february 1970

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  • Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
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  • Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
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  • A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
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  • A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation.
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  • A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.
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  • Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.
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  • Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
    Source: Contemplation and Action, 1902-14
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  • Drunkenness is temporary suicide.
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  • Love should be a tree whose roots are deep in the earth, but whose branches extend into heaven.
    Source: Marriage and Morals (1929) ch. 19
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  • There will still be things that machines cannot do. They will not produce great art or great literature or great philosophy; they will not be able to discover the secret springs of happiness in the human heart; they will know nothing of love and friendship.
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  • 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.
    Source: The Conquest of Happiness
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  • A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.
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  • A process which led from the amoebae to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress - though whether the amoebae would agree with this opinion is not known.
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  • Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.
    Source: The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell
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  • All fear is bad, and ought to be overcome not by fairy tales, but by courage and rational reflection.
    Source: On Fear
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  • All human activity is prompted by desire.
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  • All movements go too far.
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  • Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.
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  • Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything, you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.
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  • Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
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