Bertrand Russell Sayings and Quotes

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The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts.     

Bertrand Russell

Whenever one finds oneself inclined to bitterness, it is a sign of emotional failure.     

Bertrand Russell

It's 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

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

Bertrand Russell

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

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

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.     

Bertrand Russell

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are so confident while the intelligent are full of doubt.     

Bertrand Russell

When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also add that some things are more nearly certain than others.     

Bertrand Russell

Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.     

Bertrand Russell

Human nature is so constructed that it gives affection most readily to those who seem least to demand it.     

Bertrand Russell

Drunkenness is temporary suicide.     

Bertrand Russell

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.     

Bertrand Russell

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 only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.     

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

The desire for excitement is very deep-seated in human beings     

Bertrand Russell

Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.     

Bertrand Russell

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

Bertrand Russell

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

Undoubtedly the desire for food has been, and still is, one of the main causes of great political events.     

Bertrand Russell

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.     

Bertrand Russell

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

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

Bertrand Russell

Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them     

Bertrand Russell

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

Bertrand Russell

The centre of me is always and eternally in terrible pain ... A searching for something beyond what the world contains, something transfiguring and infinite.     

Bertrand Russell

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.     

Bertrand Russell

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

Bertrand Russell

Time you enjoy wasting, was is wasted time.     

Bertrand Russell