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Bertrand Russell Quote: “To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.”

To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “A man of Seville is shaved by the Barber of Seville if and only if the man does not shave himself. Does the barber shave himself?”

A man of Seville is shaved by the Barber of Seville if and only if the man does not shave himself. Does the barber shave himself?

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.”

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.”

Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The road to happiness and prosperity lies in an organized diminution of work.”

The road to happiness and prosperity lies in an organized diminution of work.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Calculus required continuity, and continuity was supposed to require the infinitely little; but nobody could discover what the infinitely little might be.”

Calculus required continuity, and continuity was supposed to require the infinitely little; but nobody could discover what the infinitely little might be.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit in which the teaching is given.”

More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit in which the teaching is given.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Mathematics is, I believe, the chief source of the belief in eternal and exact truth, as well as a sensible intelligible world.”

Mathematics is, I believe, the chief source of the belief in eternal and exact truth, as well as a sensible intelligible world.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Language serves not only to express thought but to make possible thoughts which could not exist without it.”

Language serves not only to express thought but to make possible thoughts which could not exist without it.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “People are zealous for a cause when they are not quite positive that it is true.”

People are zealous for a cause when they are not quite positive that it is true.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “The experience of overcoming fear is extraordinarily delightful.”

The experience of overcoming fear is extraordinarily delightful.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history.”

The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Philosophy bakes no bread.”

Philosophy bakes no bread.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I think modern educational theorists are inclined to attach too much importance to the negative virtue of not interfering with children, and too little to the positive merit of enjoying their company.”

I think modern educational theorists are inclined to attach too much importance to the negative virtue of not interfering with children, and too little to the positive merit of enjoying their company.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor, but honest.”

No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor, but honest.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “An individual human existence should be like a river.”

An individual human existence should be like a river.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that is happiness.”

Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that is happiness.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Formality Thus the absence of all mention of particular things or properties in logic or pure mathematics is a necessary result of the fact that this study is, as we say, “purely formal”.”

Formality Thus the absence of all mention of particular things or properties in logic or pure mathematics is a necessary result of the fact that this study is, as we say, “purely formal”.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “What men really want is not knowledge but certainty.”

What men really want is not knowledge but certainty.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Of all evils of war the greatest is the purely spiritual evil: the hatred, the injustice, the repudiation of truth, the artificial conflict.”

Of all evils of war the greatest is the purely spiritual evil: the hatred, the injustice, the repudiation of truth, the artificial conflict.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “The rules of logic are to mathematics what those of structure are to architecture.”

The rules of logic are to mathematics what those of structure are to architecture.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Democracy has at least one merit, namely that a Member of Parliament cannot be stupider than his constituents, for the more stupid he is, the more stupid they were to elect him.”

Democracy has at least one merit, namely that a Member of Parliament cannot be stupider than his constituents, for the more stupid he is, the more stupid they were to elect him.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Education ought to foster the wish for truth, not the conviction that some particular creed is the truth.”

Education ought to foster the wish for truth, not the conviction that some particular creed is the truth.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Skilled work, of no matter what kind, is only done well by those who take a certain pleasure in it, quite apart from its utility, either to themselves in earning a living, or to the world through its outcome.”

Skilled work, of no matter what kind, is only done well by those who take a certain pleasure in it, quite apart from its utility, either to themselves in earning a living, or to the world through its outcome.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Escape from boredom is one of the really powerful desires of almost all human beings.”

Escape from boredom is one of the really powerful desires of almost all human beings.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I am allowed to use plain English because everybody knows that I could use mathematical logic if I chose.”

I am allowed to use plain English because everybody knows that I could use mathematical logic if I chose.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The essence of the liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held; instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.”

The essence of the liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held; instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The luxury to disparage freedom is the privilege of those who already possess it.”

The luxury to disparage freedom is the privilege of those who already possess it.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Teachers are more than any other group the guardians of civilization.”

Teachers are more than any other group the guardians of civilization.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The pure mathematician, like the musician, is a free creator of his world of ordered beauty.”

The pure mathematician, like the musician, is a free creator of his world of ordered beauty.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.”

Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Perhaps the best hope for the future of mankind is that ways will be found of increasing the scope and intensity of sympathy.”

Perhaps the best hope for the future of mankind is that ways will be found of increasing the scope and intensity of sympathy.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power.”

We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Life is just one cup of coffee after another, and don’t look for anything else.”

Life is just one cup of coffee after another, and don’t look for anything else.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The scientific attitude of mind involves a sweeping away of all other desires in the interest of the desire to know.”

The scientific attitude of mind involves a sweeping away of all other desires in the interest of the desire to know.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Brief and powerless is man’s life; on him and all his race the slow, sure doom falls pitiless and dark.”

Brief and powerless is man’s life; on him and all his race the slow, sure doom falls pitiless and dark.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Power is sweet; it is a drug, the desire for which increases with a habit.”

Power is sweet; it is a drug, the desire for which increases with a habit.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Envy is the basis of democracy.”

Envy is the basis of democracy.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The degree of one’s emotions varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Obviousness is always the enemy of correctness.”

Obviousness is always the enemy of correctness.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.”

My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Love can flourish only as long as it is free and spontaneous; it tends to be killed by the thought of duty. To say that it is your duty to love so-and-so is the surest way to cause you to hate him of her.”

Love can flourish only as long as it is free and spontaneous; it tends to be killed by the thought of duty. To say that it is your duty to love so-and-so is the surest way to cause you to hate him of her.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Some people would rather die than think.”

Some people would rather die than think.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Logic must no more admit a unicorn than zoology can.”

Logic must no more admit a unicorn than zoology can.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The morality of work is the morality of slaves, and the modern world has no need of slavery.”

The morality of work is the morality of slaves, and the modern world has no need of slavery.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I do not believe that science per se is an adequate source of happiness, nor do I think that my own scientific outlook has contributed very greatly to my own happiness, which I attribute to defecating twice a day with unfailing regularity.”

I do not believe that science per se is an adequate source of happiness, nor do I think that my own scientific outlook has contributed very greatly to my own happiness, which I attribute to defecating twice a day with unfailing regularity.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “As soon as we abandon our reason and are content to rely on authority, there is no end to our troubles.”

As soon as we abandon our reason and are content to rely on authority, there is no end to our troubles.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “All exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.”

All exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.

— Bertrand Russell

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