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Bertrand Russell Quotes

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  1. All movements go too far.
  2. Drunkenness is temporary suicide.
  3. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
  4. Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.
  5. The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
  1. All movements go too far.
  2. Drunkenness is temporary suicide.
  3. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
  4. Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.
  5. The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
  6. No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
  7. War does not determine who is right only who is left.
  8. The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
  9. Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so.
  10. Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
  11. "There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it."
  12. A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.
  13. "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser men so full of doubts."
  14. Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver ... in the end, the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own.
  15. The greatest obstacle of discovery is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge.
  16. A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
  17. A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known.
  18. A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.
  19. 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 paradise in a few years.
  20. 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.
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  22. Machines are worshiped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery.
  23. "Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind."
  24. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.
  25. A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
  26. A happy life must be to a great extent a quite life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.
  27. 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.
  28. A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known.
  29. A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation
  30. A truer image of the world, i think, i obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.
  31. Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age.
  32. Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim:The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.
  33. Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.
  34. All movements go too far.
  35. Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular trumps in the seventeenth century.
  36. Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
  37. Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives mounts.
  38. Awareness of universals is called conceiving, and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.
  39. Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
  40. Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realize the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
  41. Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
  42. Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.


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