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The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. BERTRAND RUSSELL

We call a man irrational when he acts in a passion, when he cuts off his nose to spite his face. BERTRAND RUSSELL



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

War does not determine who is right - only who is left. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. BERTRAND RUSSELL

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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Anything you're good at contributes to happiness. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

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

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

Drunkenness is temporary suicide. BERTRAND RUSSELL

One must care about a world one will not see. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

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

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
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The good life is one inspired by life and guided by knowledge. BERTRAND RUSSELL

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame. BERTRAND RUSSELL

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them. BERTRAND RUSSELL

The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it. BERTRAND RUSSELL


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Bertrand Russell science quotes

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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

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

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

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

In science men have discovered an activity of the very highest value in which they are no longer, as in art, dependent for progress upon the appearance of continually greater genius, for in science the successors stand upon the shoulders of their predecessors; where one man of supreme genius has invented a method, a thousand lesser men can apply it. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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? BERTRAND RUSSELL

Religion and Science are two aspects of social life, of which the former has been important as far back as we know anything of man BERTRAND RUSSELL

Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attibutable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century. BERTRAND RUSSELL

La Ciencia en ningún momento está totalmente en lo cierto, pero rara vez está completamente equivocada y tiene en general mayores posibilidades de estar en lo cierto que las teorías no científicas. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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Anything you're good at contributes to happiness. BERTRAND RUSSELL

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

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

Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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 slowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years. BERTRAND RUSSELL

I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people's. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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Bertrand Russell love quotes

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The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

Suddenly the ground seemed to give way beneath me,and I found myself in quite another region.Within five minutes I went throughsome such reflections as the following:the loneliness of the human soul is unendurable;nothing can penetrate it except the highest intensityof the sort of love that religious teachers have preached;whatever does not spring from this motive is harmful,or at best useless;it follows that war is wrong,that a public school education is abominable,that the use of force is to be deprecated,and that in human relations one should penetrateto the core of loneliness in each person and speak to that. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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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. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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The root of the matter the thing I mean is love, Christian love, or compassion. If you feel this, you have a motive for existence, a guide for action, a reason for courage, an imperative necessity for intellectual honesty. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe - because, like Spinoza's God, it won't love us in return. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives. BERTRAND RUSSELL

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3-parts dead. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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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

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

Bad philosophers may have a certain influence; good philosophers, never. BERTRAND RUSSELL

The theoretical understanding of the world, which is the aim of philosophy, is not a matter of great practical importance to animals, or to savages, or even to most civilised men. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attibutable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century. BERTRAND RUSSELL

To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

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

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



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

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

All human activity is prompted by desire. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

Most people would rather die than think: many do. BERTRAND RUSSELL

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What men want is not knowledge, but certainty. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

Do not fear to be excentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Three passions simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life; the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

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

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

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

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

Reason is a harmonizing, controlling force rather than a creative one. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Folly is perennial, yet the human race has survived. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate. BERTRAND RUSSELL

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, the chief glory of man. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities. BERTRAND RUSSELL

We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. BERTRAND RUSSELL

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser men so full of doubts. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Why should I allow that same God to tell me how to raise my kids, who had to drown His own? BERTRAND RUSSELL

If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time. BERTRAND RUSSELL

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. BERTRAND RUSSELL

A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation. BERTRAND RUSSELL

We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Mathematics, rightly viewed, posses not only truth, but supreme beauty a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living. BERTRAND RUSSELL

A process which led from the amoebae to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress -- though whether the amoebae would agree with this opinion is not known. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Change is one thing, progress is another. Change is scientific, progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

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

Sin is geographical. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

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

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid ... Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

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

Unless one is taught what to do with success after getting it, achievement of it must inevitably leave him prey to boredom. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. BERTRAND RUSSELL

There will still be things that machines cannot do. They will not produce great art or great literature or great philosophy; they will not be able to discover the secret springs of happiness in the human heart; they will know nothing of love and friendship. BERTRAND RUSSELL

The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith. BERTRAND RUSSELL

To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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There is no reason to suppose that the world had a beginning at all. The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our thoughts. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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It will be said that the joy of mental adventure must be rare, that there are few who can appreciate it, and that ordinary education can take no account of so aristocratic a good. I do not believe this. The joy of mental adventure is far commoner in the young than in grown men and women. ...It is rare in later life because everything is done to kill it during education. BERTRAND RUSSELL

In America everybody is of opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

Organic life, we are told, has developed gradually from the protozoon to the philosopher, and this development, we are assured, is indubitably an advance. Unfortunately it is the philosopher, not the protozoon, who gives us this assurance. BERTRAND RUSSELL

An extra-terrestrial philosopher, who had watched a single youth up to the age of twenty-one and had never come across any other human being, might conclude that it is the nature of human beings to grow continually taller and wiser in an indefinite progress towards perfection; and this generalization would be just as well founded as the generalization which evolutionists base upon the previous history of this planet. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything, you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice. ... But so long as men are not trained to withhold judgment in the absence of evidence, they will be led astray by cocksure prophets, and it is likely that their leaders will be either ignorant fanatics or dishonest charlatans. To endure uncertainty is difficult, but so are most of the other virtues. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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

One should 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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

The difficulty is old, but none the less real. An omnipotent being who created a world containing evil not due to sin must Himself be at least partially evil. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate government action. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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 slowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

The life of man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach, and where none may tarry long. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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What else is there to make life tolerable? We stand on the shore of an ocean, crying to the night and to emptiness. Sometimes a voice of one drowning, and in a moment the silence returns. The world seems to me quite dreadful, the unhappiness of many people is very great, and I often wonder how they all endure it. It is usually the central thing around which their lives are built, and I suppose if they did not live most of their lives in the things of the moment, they would not be able to go on. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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Suddenly the ground seemed to give way beneath me,and I found myself in quite another region.Within five minutes I went throughsome such reflections as the following:the loneliness of the human soul is unendurable;nothing can penetrate it except the highest intensityof the sort of love that religious teachers have preached;whatever does not spring from this motive is harmful,or at best useless;it follows that war is wrong,that a public school education is abominable,that the use of force is to be deprecated,and that in human relations one should penetrateto the core of loneliness in each person and speak to that. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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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. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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The root of the matter the thing I mean is love, Christian love, or compassion. If you feel this, you have a motive for existence, a guide for action, a reason for courage, an imperative necessity for intellectual honesty. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately. BERTRAND RUSSELL

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a wide-spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. BERTRAND RUSSELL

This idea of weapons of mass exterminations utterly horrible and is something which no one with one spark of humanity can tolerate. I will not pretend to obey a government which is organizing a mass massacre of mankind. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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Bad philosophers may have a certain influence; good philosophers, never. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Nine-tenths of the appeal of pornography is due to the indecent feelings concerning sex which moralists inculcate in the young; the other tenth is physiological, and will occur in one way or another whatever the state of the law may be. BERTRAND RUSSELL

Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible; but the world of pure reason ;knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity. BERTRAND RUSSELL

The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics. BERTRAND RUSSELL
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An individual human existence should be like a river BERTRAND RUSSELL

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. BERTRAND RUSSELL

In science men have discovered an activity of the very highest value in which they are no longer, as in art, dependent for progress upon the appearance of continually greater genius, for in science the successors stand upon the shoulders of their predecessors; where one man of supreme genius has invented a method, a thousand lesser men can apply it. BERTRAND RUSSELL

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? BERTRAND RUSSELL

Religion and Science are two aspects of social life, of which the former has been important as far back as we know anything of man BERTRAND RUSSELL

The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour. BERTRAND RUSSELL


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