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Bertrand Russell Quotes

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

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

Category: Controversy

Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves.

Category: Conventionality

The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.

Category: Cooperation

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.

Category: Credulity

Most people would rather die than think: many do.

Category: Death And Dying

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.

Category: Death And Dying

All human activity is prompted by desire.

Category: Desire

Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything, you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.

Category: Detail

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

Category: Doubt

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

Category: Doubt

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.

Category: Duty

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

Category: Eloquence

We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.

Category: Emotions

In America everybody is of opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors.

Category: Equality

Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.

Category: Ethics