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Bertrand Russell Quotes

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

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

Category: Knowledge

The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.

Category: Liberals

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.

Category: Life And Living

The good life is one inspired by life and guided by knowledge.

Category: Life And Living

The life of man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach, and where none may tarry long.

Category: Life And Living

Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy.

Category: Love

The root of the matter… the thing I mean… is love, Christian love, or compassion. If you feel this, you have a motive for existence, a guide for action, a reason for courage, an imperative necessity for intellectual honesty.

Category: Love

Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery.

Category: Machinery

Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.

Category: Marriage

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.

Category: Materialism

Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time.

Category: Materialism

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.

Category: Mathematics

Mathematics, rightly viewed, posses not only truth, but supreme beauty a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.

Category: Mathematics

We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one that we preach, but do not practice, and another that we practice, but seldom preach.

Category: Morality

There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less.

Category: Obesity