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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Order unity and continuity are human inventions just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.

A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known.

Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?

Awareness of universals is called conceiving and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.

A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked not to be endured with patient resignation.

Italy and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.

The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.

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.

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

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Sin is geographical.

The fundamental concept in social science is Power in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.

When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favour of the belief which he finds in himself.

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.

Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted.

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Liberty is the right to do what I like, license the right to do what you like.

The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history.

I believe in using words not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex.

Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.

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