Bertrand Russell Quotes

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Love is a little haven of refuge from the world.
– Bertrand Russell

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A happy life must be o great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.
– Bertrand Russell

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

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

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To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
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What vanity needs for its satisfaction is glory, and it’s easy to have glory without power.
– Bertrand Russell

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Vanity is a motive of immense potency.
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The best practical advice I can give to the present generation is to practice the virtue which the Christians call love.
– Bertrand Russell

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

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Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don’t know.
– Bertrand Russell

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To be able to use leisure intelligently will be the last product of an intelligent civilization.
– Bertrand Russell

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Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
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We have two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice and another which we practice but seldom preach.
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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.
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Common sense, however it tries, cannot avoid being surprised from time to time.
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There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
– Bertrand Russell

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The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
– 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

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Extreme hopes are born of extreme misery.
– Bertrand Russell

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

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One must care about a world one will not see.
– Bertrand Russell

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Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
– Bertrand Russell

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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

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The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.
– Bertrand Russell

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Brief and powerless is man’s life; on him and all his race the slow, sure doom falls pitiless and dark.
– Bertrand Russell

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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

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The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.
– Bertrand Russell

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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

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

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

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Drunkenness is temporary suicide.
– Bertrand Russell

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This is one of those views which are so absolutely absurd that only very learned men could possibly adopt them.
– Bertrand Russell

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Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
– Bertrand Russell

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

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

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What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life.
– Bertrand Russell

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This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me.
– Bertrand Russell

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The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
– Bertrand Russell

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Love, children, and work are the great sources of fertilizing contact between the individual and the rest of the world.
– Bertrand Russell

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

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