Bertrand Russell Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Bertrand Russell quotes, Bertrand Russell sayings, and Bertrand Russell proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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Law in origin was merely a codification of the power of dominant groups, and did not aim at anything that to a modern man would appear to be justice     

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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.     

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One of the troubles about vanity is that it grows with what it feeds on. The more you are talked about, the more you will wish to be talked about.

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It's easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you.

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Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.     

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

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

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One must care about a world one will never see.

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The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts.

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Most people would sooner die than start to think. In fact - they do so.     

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No great achievement is possible without persistent work.     

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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.     

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

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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.

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

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

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

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Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.     

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Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.

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Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.     

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

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

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Drunkenness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness.     

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

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

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No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

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The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.     

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War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

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