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Bertrand Russell Quotes

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

An extra-terrestrial philosopher, who had watched a single youth up to the age of twenty-one and had never come across any other human being, might conclude that it is the nature of human beings to grow continually taller and wiser in an indefinite progress towards perfection; and this generalization would be just as well founded as the generalization which evolutionists base upon the previous history of this planet.

Category: Evolution

Organic life, we are told, has developed gradually from the protozoon to the philosopher, and this development, we are assured, is indubitably an advance. Unfortunately it is the philosopher, not the protozoon, who gives us this assurance.

Category: Evolution

In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word ''experience'' have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.

Category: Experience

Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.

Category: Experts

Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.

Category: Facts

With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.

Category: Farming And Farmers

The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.

Category: Fathers

Folly is perennial, yet the human race has survived.

Category: Fools And Foolishness

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

Category: Fools And Foolishness

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.

Category: Freedom

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

Category: Gossip

There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate government action.

Category: Government

The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.

Category: Happiness

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

Category: Happiness

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.

Category: Happiness