Bertrand Russell Quotes (129 quotations)

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

2. A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconciously translates what he hears into something he can understand. - Bertrand Russell

3. All exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. - Bertrand Russell

4. All movements go too far. - Bertrand Russell

5. 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

6. 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. - Bertrand Russell

7. 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

8. But all who are not lunitics are agreed about certain things: That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than to be a slave. Many people desire these things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people can be refuted by science: Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy. - Bertrand Russell

9. Change is scientific, progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy. - Bertrand Russell

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

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

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

13. Even in civilized mankind faint traces of monogamous instincts can be perceived. - Bertrand Russell

14. Every living thing is a sort of imperialist, seeking to transform as much as possible of its environment into itself... When we compare the (present) human population of the globe with... that of former times, we see that "chemical imperialism" has been... the main end to which human intelligence has been devoted. - Bertrand Russell

15. Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day. - Bertrand Russell

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

17. 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

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

19. Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. - Bertrand Russell

20. God is a reality of spirit...He cannot...be conceived as an object, not even as the very highest object. God is not to be found in the world of objects. - Bertrand Russell

21. Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government. - Bertrand Russell

22. 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

23. 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

24. I did not know I loved you until I heard myself telling so, for one instance I thought, "Good God, what have I said?" and then I knew it was true. - Bertrand Russell

25. 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

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