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Bertrand Russell Quote: “I have sought love because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven the saints and poets have imagined.”

I have sought love because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven the saints and poets have imagined.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “Change is scientific; progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.”

Change is scientific; progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “We do not like to be robbed of an enemy; we want someone to hate when we suffer. It is so depressing to think that we suffer because we are fools; yet, taking mankind in the mass, that is the truth.”

We do not like to be robbed of an enemy; we want someone to hate when we suffer. It is so depressing to think that we suffer because we are fools; yet, taking mankind in the mass, that is the truth.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “A proverb is one man’s wit and all men’s wisdom.”

A proverb is one man’s wit and all men’s wisdom.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “My whole religion is this: do every duty, and expect no reward for it, either here or hereafter.”

My whole religion is this: do every duty, and expect no reward for it, either here or hereafter.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.”

To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I dislike Communism because it is undemocratic, and capitalism because it favors exploitation.”

I dislike Communism because it is undemocratic, and capitalism because it favors exploitation.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “No satisfaction based upon self-deception is solid, and however unpleasant the truth may be, it is better to face it once and for all, to get used to it, and to proceed to build your life in accordance with it.”

No satisfaction based upon self-deception is solid, and however unpleasant the truth may be, it is better to face it once and for all, to get used to it, and to proceed to build your life in accordance with it.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “When Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning-rod, the clergy, both in England and America, with enthusiastic support of George III, condemned it as an impious attempt to defeat the will of God.”

When Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning-rod, the clergy, both in England and America, with enthusiastic support of George III, condemned it as an impious attempt to defeat the will of God.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The pursuit of knowledge is, I think, mainly actuated by love of power. And so are all advances in scientific technique.”

The pursuit of knowledge is, I think, mainly actuated by love of power. And so are all advances in scientific technique.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “Machines have altered our way of life, but not our instincts. Consequently, there is maladjustment.”

Machines have altered our way of life, but not our instincts. Consequently, there is maladjustment.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves.”

Fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.”

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.”

Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.”

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.”

Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The best life is the one in which the creative impulses play the largest part and the possessive impulses the smallest.”

The best life is the one in which the creative impulses play the largest part and the possessive impulses the smallest.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The habit of looking to the future and thinking that the whole meaning of the present lies in what it will bring forth is a pernicious one. There can be no value in the whole unless there is value in the parts.”

The habit of looking to the future and thinking that the whole meaning of the present lies in what it will bring forth is a pernicious one. There can be no value in the whole unless there is value in the parts.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Science is no substitute for virtue; the heart is as necessary for a good life as the head.”

Science is no substitute for virtue; the heart is as necessary for a good life as the head.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The wise use of leisure, it must be conceded, is a product of civilization and education.”

The wise use of leisure, it must be conceded, is a product of civilization and education.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “I want to say, in all seriousness, that a great deal of harm is being done in the modern world by belief in the virtuousness of WORK, and that the road to happiness and prosperity lies in the organised diminution of work.”

I want to say, in all seriousness, that a great deal of harm is being done in the modern world by belief in the virtuousness of WORK, and that the road to happiness and prosperity lies in the organised diminution of work.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “It is in our hearts that evil lies, and it is from our hearts that it must be plucked out.”

It is in our hearts that evil lies, and it is from our hearts that it must be plucked out.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Dogma demands authority, rather than intelligent thought, as the source of opinion; it requires persecution of heretics and hostility to unbelievers; it asks of its disciples that they should inhibit natural kindliness in favor of systematic hatred.”

Dogma demands authority, rather than intelligent thought, as the source of opinion; it requires persecution of heretics and hostility to unbelievers; it asks of its disciples that they should inhibit natural kindliness in favor of systematic hatred.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “If a philosophy is to bring happiness it should be inspired by kindly feelings. Marx pretended that he wanted the happiness of the proletariat; what he really wanted was the unhappiness of the bourgeois.”

If a philosophy is to bring happiness it should be inspired by kindly feelings. Marx pretended that he wanted the happiness of the proletariat; what he really wanted was the unhappiness of the bourgeois.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Psychology often becomes the disease of which it should be the cure.”

Psychology often becomes the disease of which it should be the cure.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “For love of domination we must substitute equality; for love of victory we must substitute justice; for brutality we must substitute intelligence; for competition we must substitute cooperation. We must learn to think of the human race as one family.”

For love of domination we must substitute equality; for love of victory we must substitute justice; for brutality we must substitute intelligence; for competition we must substitute cooperation. We must learn to think of the human race as one family.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: “The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that’s fair.” In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.”

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: “The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that’s fair.” In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Drunkenness is temporary suicide.”

Drunkenness is temporary suicide.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.”

The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I am compelled to fear that science will be used to promote the power of dominant groups rather than to make men happy.”

I am compelled to fear that science will be used to promote the power of dominant groups rather than to make men happy.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Too little liberty brings stagnation, and too much brings chaos.”

Too little liberty brings stagnation, and too much brings chaos.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.”

Whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The fundamental defect of Christian ethics consists in the fact that it labels certain classes of acts ‘sins’ and others ‘virtue’ on grounds that have nothing to do with their social consequences.”

The fundamental defect of Christian ethics consists in the fact that it labels certain classes of acts ‘sins’ and others ‘virtue’ on grounds that have nothing to do with their social consequences.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The wise man will be as happy as circumstances permit, and if he finds the contemplation of the universe painful beyond a point, he will contemplate something else instead.”

The wise man will be as happy as circumstances permit, and if he finds the contemplation of the universe painful beyond a point, he will contemplate something else instead.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.”

It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.”

We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “All religions are both harmful and untrue.”

All religions are both harmful and untrue.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “A fanatical belief in democracy makes democratic institutions impossible.”

A fanatical belief in democracy makes democratic institutions impossible.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge and wisdom. Shall we instead choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? I appeal as a human being to human beings; remember your humanity, and forget the rest.”

There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge and wisdom. Shall we instead choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? I appeal as a human being to human beings; remember your humanity, and forget the rest.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Continuity of purpose is one of the most essential ingredients of happiness in the long run, and for most men that comes chiefly through their work.”

Continuity of purpose is one of the most essential ingredients of happiness in the long run, and for most men that comes chiefly through their work.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others.”

The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I can’t tell whether I am living in a dream or a nightmare.”

I can’t tell whether I am living in a dream or a nightmare.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “How much longer is the world willing to endure this spectacle of wanton cruelty?”

How much longer is the world willing to endure this spectacle of wanton cruelty?

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Unhappy business men, I am convinced, would increase their happiness more by walking six miles every day than by any conceivable change of philosophy.”

Unhappy business men, I am convinced, would increase their happiness more by walking six miles every day than by any conceivable change of philosophy.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Is a man what he seems to the astronomer, a tiny lump of impure carbon and water crawling impotently on a small and unimportant planet? Or is he what he appears to Hamlet? Is he perhaps both as once?”

Is a man what he seems to the astronomer, a tiny lump of impure carbon and water crawling impotently on a small and unimportant planet? Or is he what he appears to Hamlet? Is he perhaps both as once?

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “To expect a personality to survive the disintegration of the brain is like expecting a cricket club to survive when all of its members are dead.”

To expect a personality to survive the disintegration of the brain is like expecting a cricket club to survive when all of its members are dead.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “War grows out of ordinary human nature.”

War grows out of ordinary human nature.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.”

In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “If everything has a cause, then God must have a cause. If there can be anything without a cause, it may just be the world as God...”

If everything has a cause, then God must have a cause. If there can be anything without a cause, it may just be the world as God...

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.”

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

— Bertrand Russell

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