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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Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.

Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly but will not have the courage to say or even to think that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one.

It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.

There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus but we do not on that account value him less.

Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men, although he was twice married it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths.

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others we could have a paradise in a few years.

It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age, but if so it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door and this dragon is religion.

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse, it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

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

If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.

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

The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.

To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.

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

There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.

I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener I'm convinced of the opposite.

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.

Admiration of the proletariat like that of dams power stations and aeroplanes is part of the ideology of the machine age.

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