Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had "never been any of these things, in any profound sense".

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

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

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

Drunkenness is temporary suicide.

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

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

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

Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known, at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.

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

Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.

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.

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

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

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

Every philosophical problem, when it is subjected to the necessary analysis and justification, is found either to be not really philosophical at all, or else to be in the sense in which we are using the word logical.

The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.

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

Man is a credulous animal and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.

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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