Bertrand Russell Quotes

114 Bertrand Russell quotes:

"What men want is not knowledge, but certainty."
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"To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without, being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can do for those who study it"
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"It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form that destroys their ideals"
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"The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them."
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"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."
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"I observe that a very large portion of the human race does not believe in God and suffers no visible punishment in consequence. And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that he would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who"
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"If a law were passed giving six months to every writer of a first book, only the good ones would do it."
"Unless one is taught what to do with success after getting it, achievement of it must inevitably leave him prey to boredom."
"I do not pretend that birth control is the only way in which population can be kept from increasing. There are others, which, one must suppose, opponents of birth control would prefer."
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"Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible; but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity."
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"There will still be things that machines cannot do. They will not produce great art or great literature or great philosophy; they will not be able to discover the secret springs of happiness in the human heart; they will know nothing of love and friendship."
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"Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions which move with him like flies on a summer day"
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"When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favor of the belief which he finds in himself"
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"The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith."
"Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed."
"All human activity is prompted by desire"
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"All human activity is prompted by desire."
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"To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy"
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"It's a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go"
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"No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor, but honest."
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