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Quote: The Mormons had a divine revelation in favour of polygamy, but under pressure from the United States Government they discovered that the revelation was not binding. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The Mormons had a divine revelation in favour of polygamy, but under pressure from the United States Government they discovered that the revelation was not binding.




Quote: The man who only loves beautiful things is dreaming, whereas the man who knows absolute beauty is wide awake. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The man who only loves beautiful things is dreaming, whereas the man who knows absolute beauty is wide awake.


Quote: In his youth, Wordsworth sympathized with the French Revolution, went to France, wrote good poetry and had a natural daughter. At this period, he was a bad man. Then he became good, abandoned his daughter, adopted correct principles and wrote bad poetry. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

In his youth, Wordsworth sympathized with the French Revolution, went to France, wrote good poetry and had a natural daughter. At this period, he was a bad man. Then he became good, abandoned his daughter, adopted correct principles and wrote bad poetry.


Quote: The use of self control is like the use of brakes on train. It is useful when you find yourself in wrong direction but merely harmful when the direction is right. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The use of self control is like the use of brakes on train. It is useful when you find yourself in wrong direction but merely harmful when the direction is right.


Quote: A drop of water is not immortal; it can be resolved into oxygen and hydrogen. If, therefore, a drop of water were to maintain that it had a quality of aqueousness which would survive its dissolution we should be inclined to be skeptical. In like manner we know that the brain is not immortal. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote: A drop of water is not immortal; it can be resolved into oxygen and hydrogen. If, therefore, a drop of water were to maintain that it had a quality of aqueousness which would survive its dissolution we should be inclined to be skeptical. In like manner we know that the brain is not immortal.- black text on quotes background

A drop of water is not immortal; it can be resolved into oxygen and hydrogen. If, therefore, a drop of water were to maintain that it had a quality of aqueousness which would survive its dissolution we should be inclined to be skeptical. In like manner we know that the brain is not immortal.


Quote: Nothing can penetrate the loneliness of the human heart except the highest intensity of the sort of love the religious teachers have preached. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Nothing can penetrate the loneliness of the human heart except the highest intensity of the sort of love the religious teachers have preached.


Quote: The first dogma which I came to disbelieve was that of free will. It seemed to me that all notions of matter were determined by the laws of dynamics and could not therefore be influenced by human wills. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The first dogma which I came to disbelieve was that of free will. It seemed to me that all notions of matter were determined by the laws of dynamics and could not therefore be influenced by human wills.


Quote: Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover.


Quote: Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.


Quote: Life is just one cup of coffee after another, and don't look for anything else. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Life is just one cup of coffee after another, and don't look for anything else.


Quote: Love is a little haven of refuge from the world. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Love is a little haven of refuge from the world.


Quote: I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing. There are others, which, one must suppose, opponents of birth control would prefer. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing. There are others, which, one must suppose, opponents of birth control would prefer.


Quote: Civilized life has altogether grown too tame, and, if it is to be stable, it must provide a harmless outlets for the impulses which our remote ancestors satisfied in hunting. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Civilized life has altogether grown too tame, and, if it is to be stable, it must provide a harmless outlets for the impulses which our remote ancestors satisfied in hunting.


Quote: First of all: what is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote; white text on black background

First of all: what is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.


Quote: A man is not allowed to practise medicine unless he knows something of the human body, but a financier is allowed to operate freely without any knowledge at all of the multifarious effects of his activities, with the sole exception of the effect upon his bank account. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote; white text on black background

A man is not allowed to practise medicine unless he knows something of the human body, but a financier is allowed to operate freely without any knowledge at all of the multifarious effects of his activities, with the sole exception of the effect upon his bank account.


Quote: Plato possessed the art to dress up illiberal suggestions in such a way that they deceived future ages, which admired the Republic without ever becoming aware of what was involved in its proposals. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Plato possessed the art to dress up illiberal suggestions in such a way that they deceived future ages, which admired the Republic without ever becoming aware of what was involved in its proposals.


Quote: I wish to understand Plato, but to treat him with as little reverence as if he were a contemporary English or American advocate of totalitarianism. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I wish to understand Plato, but to treat him with as little reverence as if he were a contemporary English or American advocate of totalitarianism.


Quote: Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine.


Quote: Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.


Quote: One's work is never so bad as it appears on bad days, nor so good as it appears on good days. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

One's work is never so bad as it appears on bad days, nor so good as it appears on good days.


Quote: We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power.


Quote: Patience and boredom are closely related. Boredom, a certain kind of boredom, is really impatience. You don't like the way things are, they aren't interesting enough for you, so you deccide- and boredom is a decision-that you are bored. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Patience and boredom are closely related. Boredom, a certain kind of boredom, is really impatience. You don't like the way things are, they aren't interesting enough for you, so you deccide- and boredom is a decision-that you are bored.


Quote: All's well that ends well; which is the epitaph I should put on my tombstone if I were the last man left alive. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

All's well that ends well; which is the epitaph I should put on my tombstone if I were the last man left alive.


Quote: Televison allows thousands of people to laugh at the same joke and still remain alone. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Televison allows thousands of people to laugh at the same joke and still remain alone.


Quote: Boys and young men acquire readily the moral sentiments of their social milieu, whatever these sentiments may be. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Boys and young men acquire readily the moral sentiments of their social milieu, whatever these sentiments may be.


Quote: When conscious activity is wholly concentrated on some one definite purpose, the ultimate result, for most people, is lack of balance accompanied by some form of nervous disorder. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

When conscious activity is wholly concentrated on some one definite purpose, the ultimate result, for most people, is lack of balance accompanied by some form of nervous disorder.


Quote: In a just world, there would be no possibility of 'charity'. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

In a just world, there would be no possibility of 'charity'.


Quote: John Locke invented common sense, and only Englishmen have had it ever since! by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

John Locke invented common sense, and only Englishmen have had it ever since!


Quote: Every great idea starts out as a blasphemy. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Every great idea starts out as a blasphemy.


Quote: Organized people are just too lazy to look for things. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Organized people are just too lazy to look for things.


Quote: One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.


Quote: Only mathematics and mathematical logic can say as little as the physicist means to say. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Only mathematics and mathematical logic can say as little as the physicist means to say.


Quote: Beggars do not envy millionaires, though of course they will envy other beggars who are more successful. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Beggars do not envy millionaires, though of course they will envy other beggars who are more successful.


Quote: I did not, however, commit suicide, because I wished to know more of mathematics. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I did not, however, commit suicide, because I wished to know more of mathematics.


Quote: To understand the actual world as it is, not as we should wish it to be, is the beginning of wisdom. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

To understand the actual world as it is, not as we should wish it to be, is the beginning of wisdom.


Quote: Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.


Quote: Love is wise -- Hatred is foolish. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Love is wise -- Hatred is foolish.


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: All that alcohol does for them is to liberate the sense of sin, which reason suppresses in saner moments. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

All that alcohol does for them is to liberate the sense of sin, which reason suppresses in saner moments.


Quote: Morality in sexual relations, when it is free from superstition, consists essentially in respect for the other person, and unwillingness to use that person solely as a means of personal gratification, without regard to his or her desires. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Morality in sexual relations, when it is free from superstition, consists essentially in respect for the other person, and unwillingness to use that person solely as a means of personal gratification, without regard to his or her desires.


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

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.


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

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.


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


Quote: I am firm; YOU are obstinate; HE is a pig-headed fool. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others.


Quote: Gradually, by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers
and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt
of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organized insurrection of
sheep against the practice of eating mutton. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of Bertrand Russell quote; white text on black background

Gradually, by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers
and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt
of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organized insurrection of
sheep against the practice of eating mutton.




Quote: Can a society in which thought and technique are scientific persist for a long period, as, for example, ancient Egypt persisted, or does it necessarily contain within itself forces which must bring either decay or explosion? by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Can a society in which thought and technique are scientific persist for a long period, as, for example, ancient Egypt persisted, or does it necessarily contain within itself forces which must bring either decay or explosion?


Quote: The legacy of Greece to Western philosophy is Western philosophy. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The legacy of Greece to Western philosophy is Western philosophy.


Quote: Logic must no more admit a unicorn than zoology can. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Logic must no more admit a unicorn than zoology can.


Quote: From India to Spain, the brilliant civilization of Islam flourished. What was lost to christendom at this time was not lost to civilization, but quite the contrary. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

From India to Spain, the brilliant civilization of Islam flourished. What was lost to christendom at this time was not lost to civilization, but quite the contrary.


Quote: I went to Salt Lake City and the Mormons tried to convert me, but when I found they forbade tea and tobacco I thought it was no religion for me. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I went to Salt Lake City and the Mormons tried to convert me, but when I found they forbade tea and tobacco I thought it was no religion for me.


Quote: To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life flowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life flowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future.


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


Quote: To like many people spontaneously and without effort is perhaps the greatest of all sources of personal happiness. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

To like many people spontaneously and without effort is perhaps the greatest of all sources of personal happiness.


Quote: Heretical views arise when the truth is uncertain, and it is only when the truth is uncertain that censorship is invoked. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Heretical views arise when the truth is uncertain, and it is only when the truth is uncertain that censorship is invoked.


Quote: There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.


Quote: The scientific attitude of mind involves a sweeping away of all other desires in the interest of the desire to know. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The scientific attitude of mind involves a sweeping away of all other desires in the interest of the desire to know.


Quote: It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.


Quote: We are all prone to the malady of the introvert who with the manifold spectacle of the world spread out before him, turns away and gazes only upon the emptiness within. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

We are all prone to the malady of the introvert who with the manifold spectacle of the world spread out before him, turns away and gazes only upon the emptiness within.


Quote: The discipline 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

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


Quote: All forms of fear produce fatigue. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

All forms of fear produce fatigue.


Quote: Worry is a form of fear, and all forms of fear produce fatigue. A man who has learned not to feel fear will find the fatigue of daily life enormously diminished. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Worry is a form of fear, and all forms of fear produce fatigue. A man who has learned not to feel fear will find the fatigue of daily life enormously diminished.


Quote: The man who is unhappy will, as a rule, adopt an unhappy creed, while the man who is happy will adopt a happy creed; each may attribute his happiness or unhappiness to his beliefs, while the real causation is the other way round. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.


Quote: To realize the unimportance of time is the gate to wisdom. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

To realize the unimportance of time is the gate to wisdom.


Quote: Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.


Quote: The importance of time is rather practical than theoretical, rather in relation to our desires than in relation to truth. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The importance of time is rather practical than theoretical, rather in relation to our desires than in relation to truth.


Quote: The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent 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 cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.


Quote: Make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life.


Quote: There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.


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


Quote: Sin is geographical. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Sin is geographical.


Quote: If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all.


Quote: Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted.


Quote: I do not pretend to start with precise questions. I do not think you can start with anything precise. You have to achieve such precision as you can, as you go along. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favour of the belief which he finds in himself. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favour of the belief which he finds in himself.


Quote: Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.


Quote: Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery.


Quote: It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.


Quote: To understand a name you must be acquainted with the particular of which it is a name. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

To understand a name you must be acquainted with the particular of which it is a name.


Quote: In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word experience have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy.


Quote: Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.


Quote: There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.


Quote: Patriots always talk of dying for their country and 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 and never of killing for their country.


Quote: No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.


Quote: Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power.


Quote: I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.


Quote: All movements go too far. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

All movements go too far.


Quote: It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.


Quote: The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.


Quote: Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.


Quote: Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.


Quote: Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.


Quote: There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less.


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: Drunkenness is temporary suicide. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Drunkenness is temporary suicide.


Quote: Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.


Quote: None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.


Quote: Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform.


Quote: Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one.


Quote: I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.


Quote: Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.


Quote: Liberty is the right to do what I like; license, the right to do what you like. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Liberty is the right to do what I like; license, the right to do what you like.


Quote: The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.


Quote: The man who can centre his thoughts and hopes upon something transcending self can find a certain peace in the ordinary troubles of life, which is impossible to the pure egoist. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The man who can centre his thoughts and hopes upon something transcending self can find a certain peace in the ordinary troubles of life, which is impossible to the pure egoist.


Quote: Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy.


Quote: No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful? by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?


Quote: The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.


Quote: Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free.


Quote: Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.


Quote: Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.


Quote: In America everybody is of the 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. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

In America everybody is of the 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.


Quote: Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.


Quote: The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.


Quote: The pleasure of work is open to anyone who can develop some specialised skill, provided that he can get satisfaction from the exercise of his skill without demanding universal applause. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The pleasure of work is open to anyone who can develop some specialised skill, provided that he can get satisfaction from the exercise of his skill without demanding universal applause.


Quote: Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling? by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?


Quote: The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.


Quote: Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.


Quote: Aristotle maintained 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' mouths. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Aristotle maintained 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' mouths.


Quote: Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.


Quote: The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.


Quote: The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.


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


Quote: The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.


Quote: I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.


Quote: Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.


Quote: The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.


Quote: I believe in using words, not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

I believe in using words, not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex.


Quote: The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and 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 cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.


Quote: One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.


Quote: It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

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


Quote: Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance. by author Bertrand Russell overlaid on photo of photo of author Bertrand Russell with quote

Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.


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