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Bertrand Russell Quote: “Of course not. After all, I may be wrong.”

Of course not. After all, I may be wrong.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “Diversity is essential to happiness and in Utopia there is hardly any. This is a defect in all planned social systems.”

Diversity is essential to happiness and in Utopia there is hardly any. This is a defect in all planned social systems.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Man is a rational animal. So at least we have been told. Throughout a long life I have searched diligently for evidence in favor of this statement. So far, I have not had the good fortune to come across it.”

Man is a rational animal. So at least we have been told. Throughout a long life I have searched diligently for evidence in favor of this statement. So far, I have not had the good fortune to come across it.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Orthodoxy is the death of intelligence.”

Orthodoxy is the death of intelligence.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Punctuality is a quality the need of which is bound up with social co-operation.”

Punctuality is a quality the need of which is bound up with social co-operation.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?”

Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.”

One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life.”

What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The modern man thinks that everything ought to be done for the sake of something else, and never for its own sake.”

The modern man thinks that everything ought to be done for the sake of something else, and never for its own sake.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.”

The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.”

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Worry is a form of fear, and all forms of fear produce fatigue. A man who has learned not to feel fear will find the fatigue of daily life enormously diminished.”

Worry is a form of fear, and all forms of fear produce fatigue. A man who has learned not to feel fear will find the fatigue of daily life enormously diminished.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others.”

When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Love is a little haven of refuge from the world.”

Love is a little haven of refuge from the world.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.”

Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine.”

Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I don’t care for the applause one gets by saying what others are thinking; I want actually to change people’s thoughts. Power over people’s minds is the main personal desire of my life; and this sort of power is not acquired by saying popular things.”

I don’t care for the applause one gets by saying what others are thinking; I want actually to change people’s thoughts. Power over people’s minds is the main personal desire of my life; and this sort of power is not acquired by saying popular things.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “A smell of petroleum prevails throughout.”

A smell of petroleum prevails throughout.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.”

Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.”

The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry.”

What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The legacy of Greece to Western philosophy is Western philosophy.”

The legacy of Greece to Western philosophy is Western philosophy.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.”

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Through the greatness of the universe, which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.”

Through the greatness of the universe, which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Love should be a tree whose roots are deep in the earth, but whose branches extend into heaven.”

Love should be a tree whose roots are deep in the earth, but whose branches extend into heaven.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The sea, the stars, the night wind in waste places, mean more to me than even the human beings I love best.”

The sea, the stars, the night wind in waste places, mean more to me than even the human beings I love best.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “When conscious activity is wholly concentrated on some one definite purpose, the ultimate result, for most people, is lack of balance accompanied by some form of nervous disorder.”

When conscious activity is wholly concentrated on some one definite purpose, the ultimate result, for most people, is lack of balance accompanied by some form of nervous disorder.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive.”

I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “A life devoted to science is therefore a happy life, and its happiness is derived from the very best sources that are open to dwellers on this troubled and passionate planet.”

A life devoted to science is therefore a happy life, and its happiness is derived from the very best sources that are open to dwellers on this troubled and passionate planet.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Science does not aim at establishing immutable truths and eternal dogmas; its aim is to approach the truth by successive approximations, without claiming that at any stage final and complete accuracy has been achieved.”

Science does not aim at establishing immutable truths and eternal dogmas; its aim is to approach the truth by successive approximations, without claiming that at any stage final and complete accuracy has been achieved.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.”

Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The human heart as modern civilization has made it is more prone to hatred than to friendship. And it is prone to hatred because it is dissatisfied.”

The human heart as modern civilization has made it is more prone to hatred than to friendship. And it is prone to hatred because it is dissatisfied.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The free intellect is the chief engine of human progress.”

The free intellect is the chief engine of human progress.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I think it would be just to say the most essential characteristic of mind is memory, using this word in its broadest sense to include every influence of past experience on present reactions.”

I think it would be just to say the most essential characteristic of mind is memory, using this word in its broadest sense to include every influence of past experience on present reactions.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.”

The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.”

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.”

To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Ordinary language is totally unsuited for expressing what physics really asserts, since the words of everyday life are not sufficiently abstract. Only mathematics and mathematical logic can say as little as the physicist means to say.”

Ordinary language is totally unsuited for expressing what physics really asserts, since the words of everyday life are not sufficiently abstract. Only mathematics and mathematical logic can say as little as the physicist means to say.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The time has come, or is about to come, when only large-scale civil disobedience, which should be nonviolent, can save the populations from the universal death which their governments are preparing for them.”

The time has come, or is about to come, when only large-scale civil disobedience, which should be nonviolent, can save the populations from the universal death which their governments are preparing for them.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “A good man will never suspect his friends of shady actions: this is part of his goodness. A good man will never be suspected by the public of using his goodness to screen villains: this is part of his utility.”

A good man will never suspect his friends of shady actions: this is part of his goodness. A good man will never be suspected by the public of using his goodness to screen villains: this is part of his utility.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “A habit of basing convictions upon evidence, and of giving to them only that degree or certainty which the evidence warrants, would, if it became general, cure most of the ills from which the world suffers.”

A habit of basing convictions upon evidence, and of giving to them only that degree or certainty which the evidence warrants, would, if it became general, cure most of the ills from which the world suffers.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Cynicism such as one finds very frequently among the most highly educated young men and women of the West, results from the combination of comfort and powerlessness.”

Cynicism such as one finds very frequently among the most highly educated young men and women of the West, results from the combination of comfort and powerlessness.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken.”

The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “There is as much difference between a collection of mentally free citizens and a community molded by modern methods of propaganda as there is between a heap of raw materials and a battleship.”

There is as much difference between a collection of mentally free citizens and a community molded by modern methods of propaganda as there is between a heap of raw materials and a battleship.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Hitler is an outcome of Rousseau.”

Hitler is an outcome of Rousseau.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “It’s not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts.”

It’s not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts.

— Bertrand Russell

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