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Bertrand Russell Quote: “Speaking psycho-analytically, it may be laid down that any “great ideal” which people mention with awe is really an excuse for inflicting pain on their enemies. Good wine needs no bush, and good morals need no bated breath.”

Speaking psycho-analytically, it may be laid down that any “great ideal” which people mention with awe is really an excuse for inflicting pain on their enemies. Good wine needs no bush, and good morals need no bated breath.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “The happy life is to an extraordinary extent the same as the good life.”

The happy life is to an extraordinary extent the same as the good life.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “What is matter? Never mind.”

What is matter? Never mind.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “A good notation has a subtlety and suggestiveness which at times make it almost seem like a live teacher.”

A good notation has a subtlety and suggestiveness which at times make it almost seem like a live teacher.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “One of the most painful circumstances of recent advances in science is that each one makes us know less than we thought we did.”

One of the most painful circumstances of recent advances in science is that each one makes us know less than we thought we did.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Machines deprive us of two things which are certainly important ingredients of human happiness, namely, spontaneity and variety.”

Machines deprive us of two things which are certainly important ingredients of human happiness, namely, spontaneity and variety.

— Bertrand Russell


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: “The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.”

The reformative effect of punishment is a belief that dies hard, chiefly I think, because it is so satisfying to our sadistic impulses.

— 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: “Since Adam and Eve ate the apple, man has never refrained from any folly of which he was capable.”

Since Adam and Eve ate the apple, man has never refrained from any folly of which he was capable.

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “The white tails of rabbits, according to some theologians, have a purpose, namely to make it easier for sportsmen to shoot them.”

The white tails of rabbits, according to some theologians, have a purpose, namely to make it easier for sportsmen to shoot them.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.”

The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.

— 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: “Love as a relation between men and women was ruined by the desire to make sure of the legitimacy of children.”

Love as a relation between men and women was ruined by the desire to make sure of the legitimacy of children.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Happiness, as is evident, depends partly upon external circumstances and partly upon oneself.”

Happiness, as is evident, depends partly upon external circumstances and partly upon oneself.

— 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: “I have come to realize that an early symptom of approaching mental illness is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. If you consider your work very important you should take a day off.”

I have come to realize that an early symptom of approaching mental illness is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. If you consider your work very important you should take a day off.

— 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: “Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.”

Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.

— 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: “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: “A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety.”

A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Most political leaders acquire their position by causing large numbers of people to believe that these leaders are actuated by altruistic desires.”

Most political leaders acquire their position by causing large numbers of people to believe that these leaders are actuated by altruistic desires.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “The key to happiness is accepting one unpleasant reality every day.”

The key to happiness is accepting one unpleasant reality every day.

— 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: “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: “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 forms of fear produce fatigue.”

All forms of fear produce fatigue.

— 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: “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: “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: “The axiomatic method has many advantages over honest work.”

The axiomatic method has many advantages over honest work.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.”

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.

— 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: “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: “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: “When all experts agree, you need to watch out.”

When all experts agree, you need to watch out.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “St. Paul introduced an entirely novel view of marriage, that it existed primarily to prevent the sin of fornication. It is just as if one were to maintain that the sole reason for baking bread is to prevent people from stealing cake.”

St. Paul introduced an entirely novel view of marriage, that it existed primarily to prevent the sin of fornication. It is just as if one were to maintain that the sole reason for baking bread is to prevent people from stealing cake.

— 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

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