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

It is preoccupation with possessions more than anything else that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

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

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion as organized in its Churches has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.

Men who are unhappy like men who sleep badly are always proud of the fact.

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy.

Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power, they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery.

Work is of two kinds: first altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter, second telling other people to do so.

Right discipline consists not in external compulsion but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities.

So far as I can remember there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.

A truer image of the world I think is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.

Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.

Many people would sooner die than think, in fact they do so.

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.

In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors since all men are equal but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors for from the time of Jefferson onward the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards not downwards.

Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.

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

The theoretical understanding of the world which is the aim of philosophy is not a matter of great practical importance to animals or to savages or even to most civilised men.

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