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Bertrand Russell Quotes

(1872-1970), British Philosopher, Mathematician, Essayist

Drunkenness is temporary suicide.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.

Category: Anger

No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor, but honest.

Category: Animals

What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out.

Category: Belief

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.

Category: Belief

There's a Bible on the shelf there. But I keep it next to Voltaire-poison and antidote.

Category: Bible

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.

Category: Bores And Boredom

Unless one is taught what to do with success after getting it, achievement of it must inevitably leave him prey to boredom.

Category: Bores And Boredom

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.

Category: Capitalism

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

Category: Caution

What men want is not knowledge, but certainty.

Category: Certainty

All movements go too far.

Category: Change

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.

Category: Circumstance

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.

Category: Computers

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.

Category: Contentment