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Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge."

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "[T]he infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell."

[T]he infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country."

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Fear is the main source of superstition and one of the main sources of cruelty."

Fear is the main source of superstition and one of the main sources of cruelty.



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

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




Bertrand Russell Quotes: "No matter how eloquently a dog may bark he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest."

No matter how eloquently a dog may bark he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it."

To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom."

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The problem of finding a collection of “wise” men and leaving the government to them is thus an insoluble one. That is the ultimate reason for democracy."

The problem of finding a collection of “wise” men and leaving the government to them is thus an insoluble one. That is the ultimate reason for democracy.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Most people would die sooner than think in fact they do."

Most people would die sooner than think in fact they do.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn"

Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Science tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how much we cannot know, we become insensitive to many things of great importance."

Science tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how much we cannot know, we become insensitive to many things of great importance.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The affection of parents makes infants feel safe in this dangerous world, and gives them boldness in experimentation and in exploration of their environments."

The affection of parents makes infants feel safe in this dangerous world, and gives them boldness in experimentation and in exploration of their environments.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Science is what you know philosophy is what you don't know."

Science is what you know philosophy is what you don't know.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Grammar and ordinary language are bad guides to metaphysics. A great book might be written showing the influence of syntax on philosophy."

Grammar and ordinary language are bad guides to metaphysics. A great book might be written showing the influence of syntax on philosophy.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Nothing can penetrate the loneliness of the human heart except the highest intensity of the sort of love the religious teachers have preached."

Nothing can penetrate the loneliness of the human heart except the highest intensity of the sort of love the religious teachers have preached.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "To teach how to live with uncertainty and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can still do for those who study it."

To teach how to live with uncertainty and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can still do for those who study it.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it."

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 Quotes: "Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable and praised when they are not praiseworthy."

Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable and praised when they are not praiseworthy.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Whenever one finds oneself inclined to bitterness it is a sign of emotional failure."

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The Victorian Age, for all its humbug, was a period of rapid progress, because men were dominated by hope rather than fear. If we are again to have progress, we must again be dominated by hope."

The Victorian Age, for all its humbug, was a period of rapid progress, because men were dominated by hope rather than fear. If we are again to have progress, we must again be dominated by hope.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Three passions simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love the search for knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind."

Three passions simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love the search for knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery."

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Drunkenness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative a momentary cessation of unhappiness."

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Continuity of purpose is one of the most essential ingredients of happiness in the long run and for most men this comes chiefly through their work."

Continuity of purpose is one of the most essential ingredients of happiness in the long run and for most men this comes chiefly through their work.



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

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?"

Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?



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

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "For my part, I prefer the ontological argument, the cosmological argument and the rest of the old stock-in-trade, to the sentimental illogicality that has sprung from Rousseau."

For my part, I prefer the ontological argument, the cosmological argument and the rest of the old stock-in-trade, to the sentimental illogicality that has sprung from Rousseau.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The secret of happiness is this: Let your interests be as wide as possible and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile."

The secret of happiness is this: Let your interests be as wide as possible and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile."

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "In all affairs love religion politics or business it's a healthy idea now and then to hang a question mark on things you have long taken for granted."

In all affairs love religion politics or business it's a healthy idea now and then to hang a question mark on things you have long taken for granted.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Anything you're good at contributes to happiness."

Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite."

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attibutable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century."

Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attibutable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety."

A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "All that alcohol does for them is to liberate the sense of sin, which reason suppresses in saner moments."

All that alcohol does for them is to liberate the sense of sin, which reason suppresses in saner moments.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Philosophy, from the earliest times, has made greater claims, and achieved fewer results, than any other branch of learning."

Philosophy, from the earliest times, has made greater claims, and achieved fewer results, than any other branch of learning.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Advocates of capitalism like to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate."

Advocates of capitalism like to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist since at least half of the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it."

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Where envy is unavoidable it must be used as a stimulus to one’s own efforts, not to the thwarting of the efforts of rivals."

Where envy is unavoidable it must be used as a stimulus to one’s own efforts, not to the thwarting of the efforts of rivals.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important."

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "In Labor movements generally, success through violence can hardly be expected except in circumstances where success without violence is attainable."

In Labor movements generally, success through violence can hardly be expected except in circumstances where success without violence is attainable.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself."

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



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

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them."

The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time."

Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time.