Bertrand Russell Quotes

British polymath, philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate

It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.
– Bertrand Russell

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

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

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
– Bertrand Russell

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
– Bertrand Russell

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

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

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.
– Bertrand Russell

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

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
– Bertrand Russell

And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.
– Bertrand Russell

It’s easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you.
– Bertrand Russell

Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
– Bertrand Russell

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

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
– Bertrand Russell

Beware the man of a single book.
– Bertrand Russell

Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.
– Bertrand Russell

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
– Bertrand Russell

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

Math may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
– Bertrand Russell

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

The degree of one’s emotions varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts.
– Bertrand Russell

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

All human activity is prompted by desire.
– Bertrand Russell

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.
– Bertrand Russell

The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
– Bertrand Russell

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

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