Bertrand Russell Quotes

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It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
Bertrand Russell (Quoted in The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell, 1927 - 1942)
Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
Bertrand Russell (Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays, 1918)
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
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.
Bertrand Russell (Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization, 1930)
The most essential characteristic of scientific technique is that it proceeds from experiment, not from tradition.
Bertrand Russell (The Scientific Outlook, 1931)
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.
Bertrand Russell (A History of Western Philosophy, 1945)
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
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
Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.
Bertrand Russell (The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, 1967-1969)
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 (Letter to Ottoline Morrell, 1912)
There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
Bertrand Russell (Conquest of Happiness, 1930)
To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.
Bertrand Russell (The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell, 1903-1959)
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 Study of Mathematics, 1902)
To modern educated people, it seems obvious that matters of fact are to be ascer­tained by observation, not by consulting ancient authorities.
Bertrand Russell (The Impact of Science on Society, 1951)
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 (Why I Am Not a Christian, 1927)
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Bertrand Russell (The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell, 1903-1959)
Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions, just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.
Bertrand Russell (The Scientific Outlook, 1931)
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 Philosophy of Logical Atomism, 1918)
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
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.
Bertrand Russell (Conquest of Happiness, 1930)
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
Bertrand Russell (Mortals and Others, 1933)
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 (The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell, 1903-1959)
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.
Bertrand Russell (An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth, 1940)
This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.
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 (Marriage and Morals, 1929)
In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.
Bertrand Russell (Quoted in Bertrand Russell on God and Religion, 1986)
The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
Bertrand Russell (Sceptical Essays, 1928)
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 (Quoted in Bertrand Russell on God and Religion, 1986)
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
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 (Quoted in Bertrand Russell on God and Religion, 1986)
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Bertrand Russell Biography

Born: May 18, 1872
Died: February 2, 1970

Bertrand Russell was a acclaimed British philosopher and logician. He is widely considered to be one of the 20th century's leading logician.

Notable Works

Principia Mathematica (1910 - 1927)
Mysticism and Logic
Why I Am Not a Christian (1927)
Marriage and Morals (1929)
The Conquest of Happiness (1930)
Education and the Social Order (1932)
A History of Western Philosophy (1945)
My Philosophical Development (1959)