The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. What the Good Life Really Means?

Bertrand Russell on life
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The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Bertrand Russell on time
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The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

Bertrand Russell on intelligence
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We call a man irrational when he acts in a passion, when he cuts off his nose to spite his face.

Bertrand Russell on passion
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War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

Bertrand Russell on war
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One of the signs of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

Bertrand Russell on health
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Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

Bertrand Russell on fools
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I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.

Bertrand Russell on funny
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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

Bertrand Russell on accepted
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To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.

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

Bertrand Russell on propaganda
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Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.

Bertrand Russell on happiness
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A stupid man's report of what clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

About Bertrand Russell

Name Bertrand Russell
Quotes 201 quotes
Nationality British
Profession Philosopher
Birthday May 18, 1872
About Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS, was a Welsh philosopher, historian, logician, mathematician, advocate for social reform, pacifist, and prominent rationalist. Although he was usually regarded as English, as he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died.
Top topics world, life, happiness, love, people

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.

Bertrand Russell on cabbage
13

One must care about a world one will not see.

Bertrand Russell on responsibility
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To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

Bertrand Russell on happiness
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Drunkenness is temporary suicide.

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

Bertrand Russell on adopt
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Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.

Bertrand Russell on blame
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Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.

The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.

Bertrand Russell on thing
10

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.

Bertrand Russell on christian
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Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.

Bertrand Russell on hope
9

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.

Bertrand Russell on ignorance
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The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.

Bertrand Russell on father
9

A stupid man's report of what a clever man says is never accurate because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

Bertrand Russell on ignorance
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The trouble with the world is the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

One of the most interesting and harmful delusions to which men and nations can be subjected is that of imagining themselves special instruments of the Divine Will.

Bertrand Russell on ego
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To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Bertrand Russell on wisdom
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A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.

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

Bertrand Russell on happiness
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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.

Bertrand Russell on facts
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Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.

Bertrand Russell on philosophy
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Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.

Bertrand Russell on patriotism
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The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.

Bertrand Russell on argument
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All human activity is prompted by desire.

Bertrand Russell on desires
7

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

Bertrand Russell on knowledge
7

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.

Bertrand Russell on crime
7

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

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

Bertrand Russell on animals
5

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.

Bertrand Russell on philosophy
5

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Bertrand Russell on funny
5

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

Bertrand Russell on gossip
5

We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one that we preach, but do not practice, and another that we practice, but seldom preach.

Bertrand Russell on morals
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Most people would rather die than think: many do.

Bertrand Russell on death
5

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

Bertrand Russell on purpose
5

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

Bertrand Russell on professionalism
5

There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it;

the other, that you can boast about it.

Bertrand Russell on books
4

I am paid by the word, so I always write the shortest words possible.

Bertrand Russell on authors
4

What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out.

Bertrand Russell on belief
4

Our instinctive emotions are those that we have inherited from a much more dangerous world, and contain, therefore, a larger portion of fear than they should.

Bertrand Russell on worry
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What men want is not knowledge, but certainty.

Bertrand Russell on certainty
4

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts- the less you know the hotter you get.

Bertrand Russell on knowledge
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