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Bertrand Russell Quote: “Mysticism is, in essence, little more than a certain intensity and depth of feeling in regard to what is believed about the universe.”

Mysticism is, in essence, little more than a certain intensity and depth of feeling in regard to what is believed about the universe.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “Politics is concerned with herds rather than with individuals, and the passions which are important in politics are, therefore, those in which the various members of a given herd can feel alike.”

Politics is concerned with herds rather than with individuals, and the passions which are important in politics are, therefore, those in which the various members of a given herd can feel alike.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “That Plato’s Republic should have been admired, on its political side, by decent people, is perhaps the most astonishing example of literary snobbery in all history.”

That Plato’s Republic should have been admired, on its political side, by decent people, is perhaps the most astonishing example of literary snobbery in all history.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I am firm; YOU are obstinate; HE is a pig-headed fool.”

I am firm; YOU are obstinate; HE is a pig-headed fool.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The idea that the poor should have leisure has always been shocking to the rich.”

The idea that the poor should have leisure has always been shocking to the rich.

— 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: “Be isolated, be ignored, be attacked, be in doubt, be frightened, but do not be silenced.”

Be isolated, be ignored, be attacked, be in doubt, be frightened, but do not be silenced.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Uncertainty in the pressure of vivid hopes and fears is painful, but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales.”

Uncertainty in the pressure of vivid hopes and fears is painful, but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “What is best in mathematics deserves not merely to be learnt as a task, but to assimilated as a part of daily thought, and brought again and again before the mind with ever-renewed encouragement.”

What is best in mathematics deserves not merely to be learnt as a task, but to assimilated as a part of daily thought, and brought again and again before the mind with ever-renewed encouragement.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “We are condemned to kill time, thus we die bit by bit. – Octavio Paz The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

We are condemned to kill time, thus we die bit by bit. – Octavio Paz The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age.”

Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Ironclads and Maxim guns must be the ultimate arbiters of metaphysical truth.”

Ironclads and Maxim guns must be the ultimate arbiters of metaphysical truth.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Aristotle is the last Greek philosopher who faces the world cheerfully; after him, all have, in one form or another, a philosophy of retreat.”

Aristotle is the last Greek philosopher who faces the world cheerfully; after him, all have, in one form or another, a philosophy of retreat.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “If we were all given by magic the power to read each other’s thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships.”

If we were all given by magic the power to read each other’s thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The average man’s opinions are much less foolish than they would be if he thought for himself.”

The average man’s opinions are much less foolish than they would be if he thought for himself.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion go hand in hand.”

Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion go hand in hand.

— Bertrand Russell


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

All religions are both harmful and untrue.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Law in origin was merely a codification of the power of dominant groups, and did not aim at anything that to a modern man would appear to be justice.”

Law in origin was merely a codification of the power of dominant groups, and did not aim at anything that to a modern man would appear to be justice.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The axiomatic method has many advantages over honest work.”

The axiomatic method has many advantages over honest work.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “All serious innovation is only rendered possible by some accident enabling unpopular persons to survive.”

All serious innovation is only rendered possible by some accident enabling unpopular persons to survive.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.”

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Many a marriage hardly differs from prostitution, except being harder to escape from.”

Many a marriage hardly differs from prostitution, except being harder to escape from.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “A man without a bias cannot write interesting history – if indeed such a man exists.”

A man without a bias cannot write interesting history – if indeed such a man exists.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Public opinion is always more tyrannical towards those who obviously fear it than towards those who feel indifferent to it.”

Public opinion is always more tyrannical towards those who obviously fear it than towards those who feel indifferent to it.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Politics is largely governed by sententious platitudes which are devoid of truth.”

Politics is largely governed by sententious platitudes which are devoid of truth.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.”

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.”

Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “If two hitherto rival football teams, under the influence of brotherly love, decided to co-operate in placing the football first beyond one goal and then beyond the other, no one’s happiness would be increased.”

If two hitherto rival football teams, under the influence of brotherly love, decided to co-operate in placing the football first beyond one goal and then beyond the other, no one’s happiness would be increased.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.”

With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “To discover a system for the avoidance of war is a vital need of our civilisation.”

To discover a system for the avoidance of war is a vital need of our civilisation.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I do not pretend to start with precise questions. I do not think you can start with anything precise. You have to achieve such precision as you can, as you go along.”

I do not pretend to start with precise questions. I do not think you can start with anything precise. You have to achieve such precision as you can, as you go along.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The man who is unhappy will, as a rule, adopt an unhappy creed, while the man who is happy will adopt a happy creed; each may attribute his happiness or unhappiness to his beliefs, while the real causation is the other way round.”

The man who is unhappy will, as a rule, adopt an unhappy creed, while the man who is happy will adopt a happy creed; each may attribute his happiness or unhappiness to his beliefs, while the real causation is the other way round.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “This illustrates an important truth, namely, that the worse your logic, the more interesting the consequences to which it gives rise.”

This illustrates an important truth, namely, that the worse your logic, the more interesting the consequences to which it gives rise.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Sir Arthur Eddington deduces religion from the fact that atoms do not obey the laws of mathematics. Sir James Jeans deduces it from the fact that they do.”

Sir Arthur Eddington deduces religion from the fact that atoms do not obey the laws of mathematics. Sir James Jeans deduces it from the fact that they do.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Patriotism which has the quality of intoxication is a danger not only to its native land but to the world, and “My country never wrong” is an even more dangerous maxim than “My country, right or wrong.””

Patriotism which has the quality of intoxication is a danger not only to its native land but to the world, and “My country never wrong” is an even more dangerous maxim than “My country, right or wrong.”

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word experience have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.”

In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word experience have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won’t go.”

It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won’t go.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “When all experts agree, you need to watch out.”

When all experts agree, you need to watch out.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “A marriage is likely to be called happy if neither party ever expected to get much happiness out of it.”

A marriage is likely to be called happy if neither party ever expected to get much happiness out of it.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “No other organization rouses anything like the loyalty aroused by the national State. And the chief activity of the State is preparation for large-scale homicide.”

No other organization rouses anything like the loyalty aroused by the national State. And the chief activity of the State is preparation for large-scale homicide.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The purpose of education is to teach a defense against eloquence.”

The purpose of education is to teach a defense against eloquence.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The search for something permanent is one of the deepest of the instincts leading men to philosophy.”

The search for something permanent is one of the deepest of the instincts leading men to philosophy.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “All the labor of all the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius are destined to extinction. So now, my friends, if that is true, and it is true, what is the point?”

All the labor of all the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius are destined to extinction. So now, my friends, if that is true, and it is true, what is the point?

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Clergymen almost necessarily fail in two ways as teachers of morals. They condemn acts which do no harm and they condone acts which do great harm.”

Clergymen almost necessarily fail in two ways as teachers of morals. They condemn acts which do no harm and they condone acts which do great harm.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens.”

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “To be out of harmony with one’s surroundings is of course a misfortune, but it is not always a misfortune to be avoided at all costs. Where the environment is stupid or prejudiced or cruel, it is a sign of merit to be out of harmony with it.”

To be out of harmony with one’s surroundings is of course a misfortune, but it is not always a misfortune to be avoided at all costs. Where the environment is stupid or prejudiced or cruel, it is a sign of merit to be out of harmony with it.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Undoubtedly the desire for food has been and still is one of the main causes of political events.”

Undoubtedly the desire for food has been and still is one of the main causes of political events.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Curious learning not only makes unpleasant things less unpleasant but also makes pleasant things more pleasant.”

Curious learning not only makes unpleasant things less unpleasant but also makes pleasant things more pleasant.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “A world without delight and without affection is a world destitute of value.”

A world without delight and without affection is a world destitute of value.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “When I found myself regarded as respectable, I began to wonder what sins I had committed. I must be very wicked, I thought. I began to engage in the most uncomfortable introspection.”

When I found myself regarded as respectable, I began to wonder what sins I had committed. I must be very wicked, I thought. I began to engage in the most uncomfortable introspection.

— Bertrand Russell

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