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Bertrand Russell Quotes

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

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.

Category: Happiness

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 paradise in a few years.

Category: Happiness

Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly.

Category: Happiness

Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.

Category: Happiness

Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.

Category: Happiness

To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life slowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future.

Category: Happiness

Hatred of enemies is easier and more intense than love of friends. But from men who are more anxious to injure opponents than to benefit the world at large no great good is to be expected.

Category: Hatred

One of the signs of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

Category: Health

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.

Category: Hope

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.

Category: Ignorance

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.

Category: Illusion

The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as a means to other account, and not merely as a means to other things, are knowledge, art instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.

Category: Importance

If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all.

Category: Infinity

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts- the less you know the hotter you get.

Category: Knowledge