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Quotes by Bertrand Russell

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Wikipedia Summary for Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British polymath. As an academic, he worked in philosophy, mathematics, and logic. His work has had a considerable influence on mathematics, logic, set theory, linguistics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science (see type theory and type system) and various areas of analytic philosophy, especially logic, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of language, epistemology and metaphysics. Russell was also a public intellectual, historian, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate.

He was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in the United Kingdom.

Russell was one of the early 20th century's most prominent logicians, and one of the founders of analytic philosophy, along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege, his friend and colleague G. E. Moore and his student and protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. Russell with Moore led the British "revolt against idealism". Together with his former teacher A. N. Whitehead, Russell wrote Principia Mathematica, a milestone in the development of classical logic, and a major attempt to reduce the whole of mathematics to logic (see Logicism). Russell's article "On Denoting" has been considered a "paradigm of philosophy".

Russell was a pacifist who championed anti-imperialism and chaired the India League. He occasionally advocated preventive nuclear war, before the opportunity provided by the atomic monopoly had passed and he decided he would "welcome with enthusiasm" world government. He went to prison for his pacifism during World War I. Later, Russell concluded that the war against Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany was a necessary "lesser of two evils" and also criticized Stalinist totalitarianism, condemned the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War and was an outspoken proponent of nuclear disarmament. In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought". He was also the recipient of the De Morgan Medal (1932), Sylvester Medal (1934), Kalinga Prize (1957), and Jerusalem Prize (1963).

Throughout his life, Russell considered himself a liberal, a socialist and a pacifist, although he later wrote he had "never been any of these things, in any profound sense".

Quote: The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of sunflower
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The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.


Quote: 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. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of four person hands wrap around shoulders while looking at sunset
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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.


Quote: The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of sunset
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The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.


Quote: Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of long exposure photography of beach
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Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.


Quote: Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.


Quote: Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of landscape photography of road at savannah
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Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.


Quote: Reason is a harmonizing, controlling force rather than a creative one. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
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Reason is a harmonizing, controlling force rather than a creative one.


Quote: To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of pink flowers in vase
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To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.


Quote: No great achievement is possible without persistent work. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of fawn pug on bed
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No great achievement is possible without persistent work.


Quote: 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. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers
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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.


Quote: 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. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of white flowers
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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.


Quote: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of car passing by in between trees
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Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.


Quote: What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of green trees on body of water during daytime
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What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.


Quote: 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. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of body of water under blue sky during sunset
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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.


Quote: To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.


Quote: The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of four person hands wrap around shoulders while looking at sunset
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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.


Quote: Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.


Quote: There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.


Quote: The resistance to a new idea increases by the square of its importance. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The resistance to a new idea increases by the square of its importance.


Quote: The camera is as subjective as we are. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The camera is as subjective as we are.


Quote: Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty -- a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty -- a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.


Quote: What men want is not knowledge, but certainty. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

What men want is not knowledge, but certainty.


Quote: To the primitive mind, everything is either friendly or hostile; but experience has shown that friendliness and hostility are not the conceptions by which the world is to be understood. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

To the primitive mind, everything is either friendly or hostile; but experience has shown that friendliness and hostility are not the conceptions by which the world is to be understood.


Quote: It's 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. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

It's 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.


Quote: The place of the father in the modern suburban family is very small one, particularly if he plays golf. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is very small one, particularly if he plays golf.


Quote: Organizing your leisure effectively is the highest level of civilization. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Organizing your leisure effectively is the highest level of civilization.


Quote: One must care about a world one will never see. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

One must care about a world one will never see.


Quote: The very best proof that something can be done is that someone has already done it. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The very best proof that something can be done is that someone has already done it.


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. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with 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.


Quote: The essence of the liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The essence of the liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.


Quote: To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.


Quote: The first effect of emancipation from the Church was not to make men think rationally, but to open their minds to every sort of antique nonsense. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The first effect of emancipation from the Church was not to make men think rationally, but to open their minds to every sort of antique nonsense.


Quote: Human life, its growth, its hopes, fears, loves, et cetera, are the result of accidents. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Human life, its growth, its hopes, fears, loves, et cetera, are the result of accidents.


Quote: But the discipline you have in your life should be one determined by your own desires and your own needs, not put upon you by society or authority. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

But the discipline you have in your life should be one determined by your own desires and your own needs, not put upon you by society or authority.


Quote: Those who in principle oppose birth control are either incapable of arithmetic or else in favor of war, pestilence and famine as permanent features of human life. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Those who in principle oppose birth control are either incapable of arithmetic or else in favor of war, pestilence and famine as permanent features of human life.


Quote: Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.


Quote: The fundamental concept in social science is power, in the same sense in which energy is the fundamental concept in physics. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The fundamental concept in social science is power, in the same sense in which energy is the fundamental concept in physics.


Quote: Every sane and sensible and quiet thing we do is absolutely ignored by the press. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Every sane and sensible and quiet thing we do is absolutely ignored by the press.


Quote: Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.


Quote: The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.


Quote: Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.


Quote: The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.


Quote: The pure mathematician, like the musician, is a free creator of his world of ordered beauty. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The pure mathematician, like the musician, is a free creator of his world of ordered beauty.


Quote: Most people would sooner die than start to think. In fact -- they do so. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Most people would sooner die than start to think. In fact -- they do so.


Quote: The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts.


Quote: Time you enjoy wasting, was is wasted time. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Time you enjoy wasting, was is wasted time.


Quote: The trouble with the world is that the stupid are so confident while the intelligent are full of doubt. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are so confident while the intelligent are full of doubt.


Quote: Keeping an open mind is a virtue, but not so open that your brains fall out. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Keeping an open mind is a virtue, but not so open that your brains fall out.


Quote: An irrational fear should never be simply let alone, but should be gradually overcome by familiarity with its fainter forms. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

An irrational fear should never be simply let alone, but should be gradually overcome by familiarity with its fainter forms.


Quote: Unless a man has been taught what to do with success after getting it, the achievement of it must inevitably leave him a prey to boredom. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Unless a man has been taught what to do with success after getting it, the achievement of it must inevitably leave him a prey to boredom.


Quote: I dislike Communism because it is undemocratic, and capitalism because it favors exploitation. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: Love can flourish only as long as it is free and spontaneous; it tends to be killed by the thought of duty. To say that it is your duty to love so-and-so is the surest way to cause you to hate him of her. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Love can flourish only as long as it is free and spontaneous; it tends to be killed by the thought of duty. To say that it is your duty to love so-and-so is the surest way to cause you to hate him of her.


Quote: Human nature is so constructed that it gives affection most readily to those who seem least to demand it. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Human nature is so constructed that it gives affection most readily to those who seem least to demand it.


Quote: In adolescence, I hated life and was continually on the verge of suicide, from which, however, I was restrained by the desire to know more mathematics. Now, on the contrary, I enjoy life; I might almost say that with every year that passes I enjoy it more. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

In adolescence, I hated life and was continually on the verge of suicide, from which, however, I was restrained by the desire to know more mathematics. Now, on the contrary, I enjoy life; I might almost say that with every year that passes I enjoy it more.


Quote: In considering irregular appearances, there are certain very natural mistakes which must be avoided. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

In considering irregular appearances, there are certain very natural mistakes which must be avoided.


Quote: No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor, but honest. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor, but honest.


Quote: There's a Bible on that shelf there. But I keep it next to Voltaire -- poison and antidote. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

There's a Bible on that shelf there. But I keep it next to Voltaire -- poison and antidote.


Quote: Suppose atomic bombs had reduced the population of the world to one brother and sister; should they let the human race die out? by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Suppose atomic bombs had reduced the population of the world to one brother and sister; should they let the human race die out?


Quote: The atomic bomb embodies the results of a combination genius and patience as remarkable as any in the history of mankind. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The atomic bomb embodies the results of a combination genius and patience as remarkable as any in the history of mankind.


Quote: One who believes, as I do, that the free intellect is the chief engine of human progress, cannot but be fundamentally opposed to Bolshevism, as much as to the Church of Rome. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

One who believes, as I do, that the free intellect is the chief engine of human progress, cannot but be fundamentally opposed to Bolshevism, as much as to the Church of Rome.


Quote: You may, if you are an old-fashioned schoolmaster, wish to consider yourself full of universal benevolence and at the same time derive great pleasure from caning boys. In order to reconcile these two desires you have to persuade yourself that caning. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

You may, if you are an old-fashioned schoolmaster, wish to consider yourself full of universal benevolence and at the same time derive great pleasure from caning boys. In order to reconcile these two desires you have to persuade yourself that caning.


Quote: All the conditions of happiness are realized in the life of the man of science. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

All the conditions of happiness are realized in the life of the man of science.


Quote: Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.


Quote: The Eugenic Society ... is perpetually bewailing the fact that wage-earners breed faster than middle-class people. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The Eugenic Society ... is perpetually bewailing the fact that wage-earners breed faster than middle-class people.


Quote: What will be the good of the conquest of leisure and health, if no one remembers how to use them? by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

What will be the good of the conquest of leisure and health, if no one remembers how to use them?


Quote: I went to Russia a Communist; but contact with those who have no doubts has intensified a thousandfold my own doubts, not as to Communism in itself, but as to the wisdom of holding a creed so firmly that for its sake men are willing to inflict widespread misery. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I went to Russia a Communist; but contact with those who have no doubts has intensified a thousandfold my own doubts, not as to Communism in itself, but as to the wisdom of holding a creed so firmly that for its sake men are willing to inflict widespread misery.


Quote: Whether science-and indeed civilization in general-can long survive depends upon psychology, that is to say, it depends upon what human beings desire. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Whether science-and indeed civilization in general-can long survive depends upon psychology, that is to say, it depends upon what human beings desire.


Quote: Through the greatness of the universe, which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Through the greatness of the universe, which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.


Quote: Calculus required continuity, and continuity was supposed to require the infinitely little; but nobody could discover what the infinitely little might be. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Calculus required continuity, and continuity was supposed to require the infinitely little; but nobody could discover what the infinitely little might be.


Quote: The true spirit of delight...is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The true spirit of delight...is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.


Quote: Plato has dramatic strength ... but is quite unaware of the strength of the argument against his position ... and allows himself to be grossly unfair in arguing against it. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Plato has dramatic strength ... but is quite unaware of the strength of the argument against his position ... and allows himself to be grossly unfair in arguing against it.


Quote: Dread of disaster makes everybody act in the very way that increases the disaster. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Dread of disaster makes everybody act in the very way that increases the disaster.


Quote: One of the main causes of trouble in the world is dogmatic and fanatical belief in some doctrine for which there is no adequate evidence. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

One of the main causes of trouble in the world is dogmatic and fanatical belief in some doctrine for which there is no adequate evidence.


Quote: Drunkenness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Drunkenness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness.


Quote: The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves and wiser people so full of doubts. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so sure of themselves and wiser people so full of doubts.


Quote: Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.


Quote: It is the things for which there is no evidence that are believed with passion. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

It is the things for which there is no evidence that are believed with passion.


Quote: It is not by delusion, however exalted, that mankind can prosper, but only by unswerving courage in the pursuit of truth. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

It is not by delusion, however exalted, that mankind can prosper, but only by unswerving courage in the pursuit of truth.


Quote: It is, of course, clear that a country with a large foreign population must endeavour, through its schools, to assimilate the children of immigrants. It is, however, unfortunate that a large part of this process should be effected by means of a somewhat blatant nationalism. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote; white text on black background

It is, of course, clear that a country with a large foreign population must endeavour, through its schools, to assimilate the children of immigrants. It is, however, unfortunate that a large part of this process should be effected by means of a somewhat blatant nationalism.


Quote: The essence of nice people is that they hate life as manifested in tendencies to co-operation, in the boisterousness of children, and above all in sex, with the thought of which they are obsessed. In a word, nice people are those who have nasty minds. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The essence of nice people is that they hate life as manifested in tendencies to co-operation, in the boisterousness of children, and above all in sex, with the thought of which they are obsessed. In a word, nice people are those who have nasty minds.


Quote: Mathematics is, I believe, the chief source of the belief in eternal and exact truth, as well as a sensible intelligible world. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Mathematics is, I believe, the chief source of the belief in eternal and exact truth, as well as a sensible intelligible world.


Quote: Ethical metaphysics is fundamentally an attempt, however disguised, to give legislative force to our own wishes. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Ethical metaphysics is fundamentally an attempt, however disguised, to give legislative force to our own wishes.


Quote: The essence of good manners consists in making it clear that one has no wish to hurt. When it is clearly necessary to hurt, it must be done in such a way as to make it evident that the necessity is felt to be regrettable. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The essence of good manners consists in making it clear that one has no wish to hurt. When it is clearly necessary to hurt, it must be done in such a way as to make it evident that the necessity is felt to be regrettable.


Quote: When the journey from means to end is not too long, the means themselves are enjoyed if the end is ardently desired. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

When the journey from means to end is not too long, the means themselves are enjoyed if the end is ardently desired.


Quote: Mathematics takes us still further from what is human into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual world, but ever possible world, must conform. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Mathematics takes us still further from what is human into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual world, but ever possible world, must conform.


Quote: With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway about the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote; white text on black background

With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway about the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.


Quote: Emphatic and reiterated assertion, especially during childhood, produces in most people a belief so firm as to have a hold even over the unconscious. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Emphatic and reiterated assertion, especially during childhood, produces in most people a belief so firm as to have a hold even over the unconscious.


Quote: A widespread belief is more often likely to be foolish than sensible. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

A widespread belief is more often likely to be foolish than sensible.


Quote: The luxury to disparage freedom is the privilege of those who already possess it. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The luxury to disparage freedom is the privilege of those who already possess it.


Quote: The faculty of being acquainted with things other than itself is the main characteristic of a mind. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The faculty of being acquainted with things other than itself is the main characteristic of a mind.


Quote: Belief in a Divine mission is one of the many forms of certainty that have afflicted the human race. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Belief in a Divine mission is one of the many forms of certainty that have afflicted the human race.


Quote: I was made to learn Latin and Greek, but I resented it, being of opinion that it was silly to learn a language that was no longer spoken. I believe that all the little good I got from years of classical studies I could have got in adult life in a month. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I was made to learn Latin and Greek, but I resented it, being of opinion that it was silly to learn a language that was no longer spoken. I believe that all the little good I got from years of classical studies I could have got in adult life in a month.


Quote: Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.


Quote: Moreover, the attitude that one ought to believe such and such a proposition, independently of the question whether there is evidence in its favor, is an attitude which produces hostility to evidence and causes us to close our minds to every fact that does not suit our prejudices. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote: Moreover, the attitude that one ought to believe such and such a proposition, independently of the question whether there is evidence in its favor, is an attitude which produces hostility to evidence and causes us to close our minds to every fact that does not suit our prejudices.- black text on quotes background

Moreover, the attitude that one ought to believe such and such a proposition, independently of the question whether there is evidence in its favor, is an attitude which produces hostility to evidence and causes us to close our minds to every fact that does not suit our prejudices.


Quote: Perhaps the nuclear physicists have come so near to the ultimate secrets that He thinks it time to bring their activities to a stop. And what simpler method could He devise than to let them carry their ingenuity to the point where they exterminate the human race? by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Perhaps the nuclear physicists have come so near to the ultimate secrets that He thinks it time to bring their activities to a stop. And what simpler method could He devise than to let them carry their ingenuity to the point where they exterminate the human race?


Quote: This is one of those views which are so absurd that only very learned men could possibly adopt them. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

This is one of those views which are so absurd that only very learned men could possibly adopt them.




Quote: Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.


Quote: Even in the most purely logical realms, it is insight that first arrives at what is new. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Even in the most purely logical realms, it is insight that first arrives at what is new.


Quote: Extreme hopes are born of extreme misery, and in such a world hopes could only be irrational. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Extreme hopes are born of extreme misery, and in such a world hopes could only be irrational.


Quote: Hatred of enemies is easier and more intense than love of friends. But from men who are more anxious to injure opponents than to benefit the world at large no great good is to be expected. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Hatred of enemies is easier and more intense than love of friends. But from men who are more anxious to injure opponents than to benefit the world at large no great good is to be expected.




Quote: All the important human advances that we know of since historical times began have been due to individuals of whom the majority faced virulent public opposition. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

All the important human advances that we know of since historical times began have been due to individuals of whom the majority faced virulent public opposition.


Quote: When I was a child ... Only virtue was prized, virtue at the expense of intellect, health, happiness, and every mundane good. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

When I was a child ... Only virtue was prized, virtue at the expense of intellect, health, happiness, and every mundane good.


Quote: Many of the actions by which men have become rich are far more harmful to the community than the obscure crimes of poor men, yet they go unpunished because they do not interfere with the existing order. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Many of the actions by which men have become rich are far more harmful to the community than the obscure crimes of poor men, yet they go unpunished because they do not interfere with the existing order.


Quote: I often long to ... give up my life to love of my neighbour. This is really a temptation. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I often long to ... give up my life to love of my neighbour. This is really a temptation.


Quote: Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.


Quote: Mystery is delightful, but unscientific, since it depends upon ignorance. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Mystery is delightful, but unscientific, since it depends upon ignorance.


Quote: Orthodoxy is the death of intelligence. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Orthodoxy is the death of intelligence.


Quote: If I were granted omnipotence, and millions of years to experiment in, I should not think Man much to boast of as the final result of all my efforts. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

If I were granted omnipotence, and millions of years to experiment in, I should not think Man much to boast of as the final result of all my efforts.


Quote: When I was young, most teachers of philosophy in British and American universities were Hegelians, so that, until I read Hegel, I supposed there must be some truth to his system; I was cured, however, by discovering that everything he said on the philosophy of mathematics was plain nonsense. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote: When I was young, most teachers of philosophy in British and American universities were Hegelians, so that, until I read Hegel, I supposed there must be some truth to his system; I was cured, however, by discovering that everything he said on the philosophy of mathematics was plain nonsense.- black text on quotes background

When I was young, most teachers of philosophy in British and American universities were Hegelians, so that, until I read Hegel, I supposed there must be some truth to his system; I was cured, however, by discovering that everything he said on the philosophy of mathematics was plain nonsense.


Quote: In a democracy it is necessary that people should learn to endure having their sentiments outraged. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

In a democracy it is necessary that people should learn to endure having their sentiments outraged.


Quote: Animal rights, taken to their logical conclusion, mean votes for oysters. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Animal rights, taken to their logical conclusion, mean votes for oysters.


Quote: Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.


Quote: Dread of disaster makes everybody act in the very way that increases the disaster. Psychologically the situation is analogous to that of people trampled to death when there is a panic in a theatre caused by a cry of 'Fire!'. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Dread of disaster makes everybody act in the very way that increases the disaster. Psychologically the situation is analogous to that of people trampled to death when there is a panic in a theatre caused by a cry of 'Fire!'.


Quote: The pursuit of social success, in the form of prestige or power or both, is the most important obstacle in a competitive society. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The pursuit of social success, in the form of prestige or power or both, is the most important obstacle in a competitive society.


Quote: The pursuit of social success, in the form of prestige or power or both, is the most important obstacle to happiness in a competitive society. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The pursuit of social success, in the form of prestige or power or both, is the most important obstacle to happiness in a competitive society.


Quote: I used often to go to America during Prohibition, and there was far more drunkenness there then than before; the prohibition of pornography has much the same effect. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I used often to go to America during Prohibition, and there was far more drunkenness there then than before; the prohibition of pornography has much the same effect.


Quote: In the ordinary business of life punctuality is ... necessary. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

In the ordinary business of life punctuality is ... necessary.


Quote: I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment.


Quote: William James used to preach the 'will to believe.' For my part, I should wish to preach the 'will to doubt' ... what is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

William James used to preach the 'will to believe.' For my part, I should wish to preach the 'will to doubt' ... what is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.


Quote: Moral progress has consisted in the main of protest against cruel customs, and of attempts to enlarge human sympathy. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Moral progress has consisted in the main of protest against cruel customs, and of attempts to enlarge human sympathy.


Quote: Man is a rational animal -- so at least I have been told. Throughout a long life, I have looked diligently for evidence in favour of this statement, but so far I have not had the good fortune to come across it, though I have searched in many countries spread over three continents. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote: Man is a rational animal -- so at least I have been told. Throughout a long life, I have looked diligently for evidence in favour of this statement, but so far I have not had the good fortune to come across it, though I have searched in many countries spread over three continents.- black text on quotes background

Man is a rational animal -- so at least I have been told. Throughout a long life, I have looked diligently for evidence in favour of this statement, but so far I have not had the good fortune to come across it, though I have searched in many countries spread over three continents.


Quote: A man is rational in proportion as his intelligence informs and controls his desires. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

A man is rational in proportion as his intelligence informs and controls his desires.


Quote: The whiter my hair becomes, the more ready people are to believe what I say. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The whiter my hair becomes, the more ready people are to believe what I say.


Quote: Naive realism leads to physics, and physics, if true, shows naive realism to be false. Therefore naive realism, if true, is false; therefore it is false. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Naive realism leads to physics, and physics, if true, shows naive realism to be false. Therefore naive realism, if true, is false; therefore it is false.


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. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with 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.


Quote: Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.


Quote: Where envy is unavoidable it must be used as a stimulus to one's own efforts, not to the thwarting of the efforts of rivals. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Where envy is unavoidable it must be used as a stimulus to one's own efforts, not to the thwarting of the efforts of rivals.


Quote: An individual human existence should be like a river. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

An individual human existence should be like a river.


Quote: The saviors of the world, society's last hope. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The saviors of the world, society's last hope.




Quote: Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.


Quote: One comes across white men occasionally who suffer under the delusion that China is not a civilized country. Such men have forgotten what constitutes civilization. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

One comes across white men occasionally who suffer under the delusion that China is not a civilized country. Such men have forgotten what constitutes civilization.


Quote: To avoid the various foolish opinions to which mankind are prone, no superhuman genius is required. A few simple rules will keep you, not from all error, but from silly error. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

To avoid the various foolish opinions to which mankind are prone, no superhuman genius is required. A few simple rules will keep you, not from all error, but from silly error.


Quote: The ideal of an all-round education is out of date; it has been destroyed by the progress of knowledge. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The ideal of an all-round education is out of date; it has been destroyed by the progress of knowledge.


Quote: For a good notation has a subtlety and suggestiveness which at times make it seem almost like a live teacher. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: We know too much and feel too little. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

We know too much and feel too little.


Quote: It seems to me a fundamental dishonesty, and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it's useful and not because you think it's true. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

It seems to me a fundamental dishonesty, and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it's useful and not because you think it's true.


Quote: What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer.




Quote: The dictum that human nature cannot be changed is one of those tiresome platitudes that conceal from the ignorant the depths of their own ignorance. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The dictum that human nature cannot be changed is one of those tiresome platitudes that conceal from the ignorant the depths of their own ignorance.


Quote: The Ten Commandments should be headed like an examination paper: No more than six to be attempted. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The Ten Commandments should be headed like an examination paper: No more than six to be attempted.


Quote: It will be found, as men grow more tolerant in their instincts, 
that many uniformities now insisted upon are useless and even harmful. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

It will be found, as men grow more tolerant in their instincts,
that many uniformities now insisted upon are useless and even harmful.


Quote: The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken.


Quote: Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.


Quote: People who are vigorous and brutal often find war enjoyable. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

People who are vigorous and brutal often find war enjoyable.


Quote: If everything must have a cause, then God must have a cause. If there can be anything without a cause, it may just as well be the world as God, so that there cannot be any validity in that argument... The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our imagination. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote: If everything must have a cause, then God must have a cause. If there can be anything without a cause, it may just as well be the world as God, so that there cannot be any validity in that argument... The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our imagination.- black text on quotes background

If everything must have a cause, then God must have a cause. If there can be anything without a cause, it may just as well be the world as God, so that there cannot be any validity in that argument... The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our imagination.


Quote: No nation was ever so virtuous as each believes itself, and none was ever so wicked as each believes the other. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

No nation was ever so virtuous as each believes itself, and none was ever so wicked as each believes the other.


Quote: You may reasonably expect a man to walk a tightrope safely for ten minutes; it would be unreasonable to do so without accident for two hundred years. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

You may reasonably expect a man to walk a tightrope safely for ten minutes; it would be unreasonable to do so without accident for two hundred years.


Quote: Man can be stimulated by hope or driven by fear, but the hope and the fear must be vivid and immediate if they are to be effective without producing weariness. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Man can be stimulated by hope or driven by fear, but the hope and the fear must be vivid and immediate if they are to be effective without producing weariness.


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. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with 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.


Quote: In a wise community a wise man would not seem foolish! by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

In a wise community a wise man would not seem foolish!


Quote: Worry is a form of fear. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Worry is a form of fear.


Quote: A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: Since Adam and Eve ate the apple, man has never refrained from any folly of which he was capable. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: To think I have spent my life on absolute muck. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

To think I have spent my life on absolute muck.


Quote: I consider the official Catholic attitude on divorce, birth control, and censorship exceedingly dangerous to mankind. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I consider the official Catholic attitude on divorce, birth control, and censorship exceedingly dangerous to mankind.


Quote: All the time that he can spare from the adornment of his person, he devotes to the neglect of his duties. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

All the time that he can spare from the adornment of his person, he devotes to the neglect of his duties.


Quote: Science does not aim at establishing immutable truths and eternal dogmas; its aim is to approach the truth by successive approximations, without claiming that at any stage final and complete accuracy has been achieved. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Science does not aim at establishing immutable truths and eternal dogmas; its aim is to approach the truth by successive approximations, without claiming that at any stage final and complete accuracy has been achieved.


Quote: When two great powers disagree about anything -- it doesn't matter what -- they must find a way to settle it somehow by arbitration or by negotiation, not by war or threat of war. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

When two great powers disagree about anything -- it doesn't matter what -- they must find a way to settle it somehow by arbitration or by negotiation, not by war or threat of war.


Quote: Machines have altered our way of life, but not our instincts. Consequently, there is maladjustment. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: The average man's opinions are much less foolish than they would be if he thought for himself. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: A world without delight and without affection is a world destitute of value. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


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. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with 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.


Quote: Aristotle and Plato considered Greeks so innately superior to barbarians that slavery is justified so long as the master is Greek and the slave barbarian. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Aristotle and Plato considered Greeks so innately superior to barbarians that slavery is justified so long as the master is Greek and the slave barbarian.


Quote: The objection to propaganda is not only its appeal to unreason, but still more the unfair advantage which it gives to the rich and powerful. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The objection to propaganda is not only its appeal to unreason, but still more the unfair advantage which it gives to the rich and powerful.


Quote: The skill of the politician consists in guessing what people can be brought to think advantageous to themselves; the skill of the expert consists in calculating what really is advantageous, provided people can be brought to think so. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The skill of the politician consists in guessing what people can be brought to think advantageous to themselves; the skill of the expert consists in calculating what really is advantageous, provided people can be brought to think so.


Quote: In a logically perfect language, there will be one word and no more for every simple object, and everything that is not simple will be expressed by a combination of words, by a combination derived, of course, from the words for the simple things that enter in, one word for each simple component. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote: In a logically perfect language, there will be one word and no more for every simple object, and everything that is not simple will be expressed by a combination of words, by a combination derived, of course, from the words for the simple things that enter in, one word for each simple component.- black text on quotes background

In a logically perfect language, there will be one word and no more for every simple object, and everything that is not simple will be expressed by a combination of words, by a combination derived, of course, from the words for the simple things that enter in, one word for each simple component.


Quote: The wise use of leisure, it must be conceded, is a product of civilization and education. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: The desire to understand the world and the desire to reform it are the two great engines of progress, without which human society would stand still or retrogress. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The desire to understand the world and the desire to reform it are the two great engines of progress, without which human society would stand still or retrogress.


Quote: It's coexistence or no existence. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

It's coexistence or no existence.


Quote: Travelling, whether in the mental or the physical world, is a joy, and it is good to know that, in the mental world at least, there are vast countries still very imperfectly explored. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Travelling, whether in the mental or the physical world, is a joy, and it is good to know that, in the mental world at least, there are vast countries still very imperfectly explored.


Quote: To modern educated people, it seems obvious that matters of fact are to be ascertained by observation, not by consulting ancient authorities. But this is an entirely modern conception, which hardly existed before the seventeenth century. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

To modern educated people, it seems obvious that matters of fact are to be ascertained by observation, not by consulting ancient authorities. But this is an entirely modern conception, which hardly existed before the seventeenth century.


Quote: I never held Negroes to be inherently inferior. The statement in Marriage and Morals refers to environmental conditioning. I have had it withdrawn from subsequent editions because it is clearly ambiguous. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I never held Negroes to be inherently inferior. The statement in Marriage and Morals refers to environmental conditioning. I have had it withdrawn from subsequent editions because it is clearly ambiguous.


Quote: More cranks take up unfashionable errors than unfashionable truths. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

More cranks take up unfashionable errors than unfashionable truths.


Quote: It might seem that the empirical philosopher is the slave of his material, but that the pure mathematician, like the musician, is a free creator of his world of ordered beauty. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

It might seem that the empirical philosopher is the slave of his material, but that the pure mathematician, like the musician, is a free creator of his world of ordered beauty.


Quote: In all the creative work that I have done, what has come first is a problem, a puzzle involving discomfort. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

In all the creative work that I have done, what has come first is a problem, a puzzle involving discomfort.


Quote: There are certain things that our age needs. It needs, above all, courageous hope and the impulse to creativeness. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

There are certain things that our age needs. It needs, above all, courageous hope and the impulse to creativeness.


Quote: Boredom is essentially a thwarted desire for events, not necessarily pleasant ones, but just occurrences such as will enable the victim of ennui to know one day from another. The opposite of boredom, in a word, is not pleasure, but excitement. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Boredom is essentially a thwarted desire for events, not necessarily pleasant ones, but just occurrences such as will enable the victim of ennui to know one day from another. The opposite of boredom, in a word, is not pleasure, but excitement.


Quote: Boredom is therefore a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Boredom is therefore a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.


Quote: With civilized men..., it is, I think, chiefly love of excitement which makes the populace applaud when war breaks out; the emotion is exactly the same as at a football match, although the results are sometimes somewhat more serious. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

With civilized men..., it is, I think, chiefly love of excitement which makes the populace applaud when war breaks out; the emotion is exactly the same as at a football match, although the results are sometimes somewhat more serious.


Quote: The first essential character of civilization, I should say, is forethought. This, indeed, is what mainly distinguishes men from brutes and adults from children. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The first essential character of civilization, I should say, is forethought. This, indeed, is what mainly distinguishes men from brutes and adults from children.


Quote: Education, which was at first made universal in order that all might be able to read and write, has been found capable of serving quite other purposes. By instilling nonsense it unifies populations and generates collective enthusiasm. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Education, which was at first made universal in order that all might be able to read and write, has been found capable of serving quite other purposes. By instilling nonsense it unifies populations and generates collective enthusiasm.




Quote: Good nature is, of all moral qualities, the one that the world needs most, and good nature is the result of ease and security, not of a life of arduous struggle. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Good nature is, of all moral qualities, the one that the world needs most, and good nature is the result of ease and security, not of a life of arduous struggle.


Quote: A man votes for one party and remains miserable; he concludes that it was the other party that would bring the millennium. By the time he is disenchanted with all parties, he is an old man on the verge of death; his sons retain the belief of his youth, and the see-saw goes on. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote; white text on black background

A man votes for one party and remains miserable; he concludes that it was the other party that would bring the millennium. By the time he is disenchanted with all parties, he is an old man on the verge of death; his sons retain the belief of his youth, and the see-saw goes on.


Quote: In human relations one should penetrate to the core of loneliness in each person and speak to that. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

In human relations one should penetrate to the core of loneliness in each person and speak to that.


Quote: The State is a collection of officials, different for difference purposes, drawing comfortable incomes so long as the status quo is preserved. The only alteration they are likely to desire in the status quo is an increase of bureaucracy and the power of bureaucrats. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote; white text on black background

The State is a collection of officials, different for difference purposes, drawing comfortable incomes so long as the status quo is preserved. The only alteration they are likely to desire in the status quo is an increase of bureaucracy and the power of bureaucrats.


Quote: I must confess that I am deeply troubled. I fear that human beings are intent upon acting out a vast deathwish and that it lies with us now to make every effort to promote resistance to the insanity and brutality of policies which encompass the extermination of hundreds of millions of human beings. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote: I must confess that I am deeply troubled. I fear that human beings are intent upon acting out a vast deathwish and that it lies with us now to make every effort to promote resistance to the insanity and brutality of policies which encompass the extermination of hundreds of millions of human beings.- black text on quotes background

I must confess that I am deeply troubled. I fear that human beings are intent upon acting out a vast deathwish and that it lies with us now to make every effort to promote resistance to the insanity and brutality of policies which encompass the extermination of hundreds of millions of human beings.


Quote: I do not think that the real reason why people accept religion has anything to do with argumentation. They accept religion on emotional grounds. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I do not think that the real reason why people accept religion has anything to do with argumentation. They accept religion on emotional grounds.


Quote: I am myself a dissenter from all known religions, and I hope that every kind of religious belief will die out. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I am myself a dissenter from all known religions, and I hope that every kind of religious belief will die out.


Quote: I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue.


Quote: Mankind is divided into two classes: those who, being artificial, praise nature, and those who, being natural, praise art. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Mankind is divided into two classes: those who, being artificial, praise nature, and those who, being natural, praise art.


Quote: There is an element of the busybody in our conception of virtue: unless a man makes himself a nuisance to a great many people, we do not think he can be an exceptionally good man. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

There is an element of the busybody in our conception of virtue: unless a man makes himself a nuisance to a great many people, we do not think he can be an exceptionally good man.


Quote: I think periods of browsing during which no occupation is imposed from without are important in youth because they give time for the formation of these apparently fugitive but really vital impressions. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I think periods of browsing during which no occupation is imposed from without are important in youth because they give time for the formation of these apparently fugitive but really vital impressions.


Quote: One is always a little afraid of love, but above all, one is afraid of pain or causing pain. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

One is always a little afraid of love, but above all, one is afraid of pain or causing pain.


Quote: I do not think any reasonable person can doubt that in India, China and Japan, if the knowledge of birth control existed, the birthrate would fall very rapidly. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I do not think any reasonable person can doubt that in India, China and Japan, if the knowledge of birth control existed, the birthrate would fall very rapidly.


Quote: My own view on religion is ... It helped in early days to fix the calendar, and ... to chronicle eclipses ... These two services I am prepared to acknowledge. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

My own view on religion is ... It helped in early days to fix the calendar, and ... to chronicle eclipses ... These two services I am prepared to acknowledge.


Quote: Ideas and principles that do harm are as a rule, though not always, cloaks for evil passions. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Ideas and principles that do harm are as a rule, though not always, cloaks for evil passions.


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