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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: “Philosophy, though unable to tell us with certainty what is the true answer to the doubts which it raises, is able to suggest many possibilities which enlarge our thoughts and free them from the tyranny of custom.”

Philosophy, though unable to tell us with certainty what is the true answer to the doubts which it raises, is able to suggest many possibilities which enlarge our thoughts and free them from the tyranny of custom.

— 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: “The very best proof that something can be done is that someone has already done it.”

The very best proof that something can be done is that someone has already done it.

— 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: “All exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.”

All exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.”

Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “We all have a tendency to think that the world must conform to our prejudices. The opposite view involves some effort of thought, and most people would die sooner than think in fact they do so.”

We all have a tendency to think that the world must conform to our prejudices. The opposite view involves some effort of thought, and most people would die sooner than think in fact they do so.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else.”

Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.”

The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.”

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “My first advice on how not to grow old would be to choose you ancestors carefully.”

My first advice on how not to grow old would be to choose you ancestors carefully.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The resistance to a new idea increases by the square of its importance.”

The resistance to a new idea increases by the square of its importance.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “HELL: A place where the police are German, the motorists French and the cooks English.”

HELL: A place where the police are German, the motorists French and the cooks English.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.”

Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Either man will abolish war, or war will abolish man.”

Either man will abolish war, or war will abolish man.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.”

It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “Drunkeness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness.”

Drunkeness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.”

Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The dictum that human nature cannot be changed is one of those tiresome platitudes that conceal from the ignorant the depths of their own ignorance.”

The dictum that human nature cannot be changed is one of those tiresome platitudes that conceal from the ignorant the depths of their own ignorance.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The fact that all Mathematics is Symbolic Logic is one of the greatest discoveries of our age; and when this fact has been established, the remainder of the principles of mathematics consists of the analysis of Symbolic Logic itself.”

The fact that all Mathematics is Symbolic Logic is one of the greatest discoveries of our age; and when this fact has been established, the remainder of the principles of mathematics consists of the analysis of Symbolic Logic itself.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.”

Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The best practical advice I can give to the present generation is to practice the virtue which the Christians call love.”

The best practical advice I can give to the present generation is to practice the virtue which the Christians call love.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The three main extra-rational activities in modern life are religion, war, and love. all these are extra-rational, but love is not anti-rational, that is to say, a reasonable man may reasonably rejoice in its existence.”

The three main extra-rational activities in modern life are religion, war, and love. all these are extra-rational, but love is not anti-rational, that is to say, a reasonable man may reasonably rejoice in its existence.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Humanistic ethics is based on the principle that only humans themselves can determine the criterion for virtue and not an authority transcending us.”

Humanistic ethics is based on the principle that only humans themselves can determine the criterion for virtue and not an authority transcending us.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Great God in Boots! – the ontological argument is sound!”

Great God in Boots! – the ontological argument is sound!

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “Fanaticism is the danger of the world, and always has been, and has done untold harm. I might almost say that I was fanatical against fanaticism.”

Fanaticism is the danger of the world, and always has been, and has done untold harm. I might almost say that I was fanatical against fanaticism.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Without effort and change, human life cannot remain good. It is not a finished Utopia that we ought to desire, but a world where imagination and hope are alive and active.”

Without effort and change, human life cannot remain good. It is not a finished Utopia that we ought to desire, but a world where imagination and hope are alive and active.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.”

Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.”

The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “It is only through imagination that men become aware of what the world might be; without it, ‘progress’ would become mechanical and trivial.”

It is only through imagination that men become aware of what the world might be; without it, ‘progress’ would become mechanical and trivial.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Everybody can do something toward creating in his own environment kindly feelings rather than anger, reasonableness rather than hysteria, happiness rather than misery.”

Everybody can do something toward creating in his own environment kindly feelings rather than anger, reasonableness rather than hysteria, happiness rather than misery.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.”

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Broadly speaking, we are in the middle of a race between human skill as a means and human folly as an end.”

Broadly speaking, we are in the middle of a race between human skill as a means and human folly as an end.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “A world full of happiness is not beyond human power to create; the obstacles imposed by inanimate nature are not insuperable. The real obstacles lie in the heart of man, and the cure for these is a firm hope, informed and fortified by thought.”

A world full of happiness is not beyond human power to create; the obstacles imposed by inanimate nature are not insuperable. The real obstacles lie in the heart of man, and the cure for these is a firm hope, informed and fortified by thought.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Answering questions is a major part of sex education. Two rules cover the ground. First, always give a truthful answer to a question; secondly, regard sex knowledge as exactly like any other knowledge.”

Answering questions is a major part of sex education. Two rules cover the ground. First, always give a truthful answer to a question; secondly, regard sex knowledge as exactly like any other knowledge.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “All’s well that ends well; which is the epitaph I should put on my tombstone if I were the last man left alive.”

All’s well that ends well; which is the epitaph I should put on my tombstone if I were the last man left alive.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Aristotle and Plato considered Greeks so innately superior to barbarians that slavery is justified so long as the master is Greek and the slave barbarian.”

Aristotle and Plato considered Greeks so innately superior to barbarians that slavery is justified so long as the master is Greek and the slave barbarian.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The desire to understand the world and the desire to reform it are the two great engines of progress, without which human society would stand still or retrogress. It’s coexistence or no existence.”

The desire to understand the world and the desire to reform it are the two great engines of progress, without which human society would stand still or retrogress. It’s coexistence or no existence.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “It’s easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you.”

It’s easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “There is an element of the busybody in our conception of virtue: unless a man makes himself a nuisance to a great many people, we do not think he can be an exceptionally good man.”

There is an element of the busybody in our conception of virtue: unless a man makes himself a nuisance to a great many people, we do not think he can be an exceptionally good man.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I did not know I loved you until I heard myself telling so, for one instance I thought, “Good God, what have I said?” and then I knew it was true.”

I did not know I loved you until I heard myself telling so, for one instance I thought, “Good God, what have I said?” and then I knew it was true.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “There is darkness without and when I die there will be darkness within. There is no splendor, nor vastness anywhere; only triviality for a moment and then nothing.”

There is darkness without and when I die there will be darkness within. There is no splendor, nor vastness anywhere; only triviality for a moment and then nothing.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.”

Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Animal rights, taken to their logical conclusion, mean votes for oysters.”

Animal rights, taken to their logical conclusion, mean votes for oysters.

— Bertrand Russell


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