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Bertrand Russell Quotes

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

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.

A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.

A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known.

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.

A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.

Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age.

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.

Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.

All movements go too far.

Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.

Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.

Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted.

Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths.

Awareness of universals is called conceiving, and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.

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

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.

Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.

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