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Quotes By Bertrand Russell


Famous Quotes & Quotations By Bertrand Russell:

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Joy.

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes, The Conquest of Happiness - Category: Boredom.

Common sense, however it tries, cannot avoid being surprised from time to time.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Logic.

Drunkenness is temporary suicide.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes, The Conquest of Happiness - Category: Alcohol.

His wit and irony - particularly when he uses them to condemn superstition - are inimitable.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Superstition, Irony.

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 Quotes - Category: Happiness.

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 Quotes - Category: Honesty, Power.

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Conformity.

In America everybody is of opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes, Unpopular Essays, 1950 - Category: America, Equality.

Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Anger.

I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Anger.

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 Quotes - Category: Belief.

Marriage is for woman 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 Quotes - Category: Marriage, Prostitution, Sex.

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Ignorance.

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Men, Thinking.

Most people would die sooner than think; in fact, they do.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Stupidity, Thinking.

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes, On Education, 1926 - Category: Gossip, Vices.

Not... what opinions are held, but... how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, [liberal] opinions are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Belief.

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.
~ Attributed Quotes - Category: Patriotism, War.

Philosophers, for the most part, are constitutionally timid, and dislike the unexpected. Few of them would be genuinely happy as pirates or burglars. Accordingly they invent systems which make the future calculable, at least in its main outlines.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Philosophy.

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Philosophy.

The qualities most needed are charity and tolerance, not some form of fanatical faith such as is offered to us by the various rampant isms.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Quality, Religion.

The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Human Nature.

Those who fear life are already three parts dead.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes - Category: Fear.

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
~ Bertrand Russell Quotes, The Conquest of Happiness - Category: Happiness.

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