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.


Life is just one cup of coffee after another, and don't look for anything else.     

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 camera is as subjective as we are.     

Bertrand Russell

As for earthquakes, though they were still formidable, they were so interesting that men of science could hardly regret them.     

Bertrand Russell

The purpose of education is to teach a defense against eloquence.     

Bertrand Russell

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.     

Bertrand Russell

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.     

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

There can't be a practical reason for believing something that is not true.     

Bertrand Russell

The resistance to a new idea increases by the square of its importance.     

Bertrand Russell

Organizing your leisure effectively is the highest level of civilization.     

Bertrand Russell

Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.     

Bertrand Russell

Every sane and sensible and quiet thing we do is absolutely ignored by the press.     

Bertrand Russell

Dogma demands authority, rather than intelligent thought, as the source of opinion; it requires persecution of heretics and hostility to unbelievers; it asks of its disciples that they should inhibit natural kindliness in favor of systematic hatred.     

Bertrand Russell

Answering questions is a major part of sex education. Two rules cover the ground. First, always give a truthful answer to a question; secondly, regard sex knowledge as exactly like any other knowledge.     

Bertrand Russell

We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.     

Bertrand Russell

Written words differ from spoken words in being material structures. A spoken word is a process in the physical world, having an essential time-order; a written word is a series of pieces of matter, having an essential space-order.     

Bertrand Russell

Human life, its growth, its hopes, fears, loves, et cetera, are the result of accidents.     

Bertrand Russell

No satisfaction based upon self-deception is solid.     

Bertrand Russell

To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.     

Bertrand Russell

Why repeat the old errors, if there are so many new errors to commit?     

Bertrand Russell

All forms of fear produce fatigue.      

Bertrand Russell

The atomic bomb embodies the results of a combination genius and patience as remarkable as any in the history of mankind.     

Bertrand Russell

Since Adam and Eve ate the apple, man has never refrained from any folly of which he was capable     

Bertrand Russell

We shall say that we have acquaintance with anything of which we are directly aware, without the intermediary of any process of inference of any knowledge of truths.     

Bertrand Russell

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.     

Bertrand Russell

The first effect of emancipation from the Church was not to make men think rationally, but to open their minds to every sort of antique nonsense.     

Bertrand Russell

Those who in principle oppose birth control are either incapable of arithmetic or else in favor of war, pestilence and famine as permanent features of human life.      

Bertrand Russell