98 Most Profound Bertrand Russell Quotes:


1. “I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


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


3. “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


4. “Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL

5. “No great achievement is possible without persistent work.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


6. “There is an artist imprisoned in each one of us. Let him loose to spread joy everywhere.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


7. “A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


8. “It’s not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


9. “The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL



10. “Love should be a tree whose roots are deep in the earth, but whose branches extend into heaven.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


11. “Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


12. “A man cannot possibly be at peace with others until he has learned to be at peace with himself.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


13. “The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


14. “One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


15. “Affection cannot be created; it can only be liberated.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


16. “It’s easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


17. “If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


18. “Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


19. “We do not like to be robbed of an enemy; we want someone to hate when we suffer. It is so depressing to think that we suffer because we are fools; yet, taking mankind in the mass, that is the truth.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


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20. “War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


21. “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


22. “Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


23. “To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


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


25. “Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


26. “You can get away from envy by enjoying the pleasures that come your way, by doing the work that you have to do, and by avoiding comparisons with those whom you imagine, perhaps quite falsely, to be more fortunate than yourself.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


27. “To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3-parts dead.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


28. “Travelling, whether in the mental or the physical world, is a joy, and it is good to know that, in the mental world at least, there are vast countries still very imperfectly explored.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


29. “True happiness for human beings is possible only to those who develop their godlike potentialities to the utmost.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


30. “My desire and wish is that the things I start with should be so obvious that you wonder why I spend my time stating them. This is what I aim at because the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


31. “We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


32. “Love is wise – Hatred is foolish.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL



33. “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


34. “Change is one thing, progress is another.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


35. “The resistance to a new idea increases by the square of its importance.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


36. “Having made the decision, do not revise it unless some new fact comes to your knowledge. Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


37. “I believe four ingredients are necessary for happiness: health, warm personal relations, sufficient means to keep you from want, and successful work.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


38. “It is essential to happiness that our way of living should spring from our own deep impulses and not from the accidental tastes and desires of those who happen to be our neighbors, or even our relations.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


39. “Ignore fact and reason, live entirely in the world of your own fantastic and myth-producing passions; do this wholeheartedly and with conviction, and you will become one of the prophets of your age.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


40. “Beggars do not envy millionaires, though of course they will envy other beggars who are more successful.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


41. “The happy life is to an extraordinary extent the same as the good life.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


42. “And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


43. “Be isolated, be ignored, be attacked, be in doubt, be frightened, but do not be silenced.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


44. “The experience of overcoming fear is extraordinarily delightful.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


45.“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


46. “A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


47. “The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


48. “Orthodoxy is the death of intelligence.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


49. “We need a science to save us from science.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


50. “A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


51. “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.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


52. “From childish fear springs the desire to externalise the ego.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


53. “When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


54. “So far as I can remember there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


55. “I cannot escape from the conclusion that the great ages of progress have depended upon a small number of individuals of transcendent ability.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


56. “Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


57. “It is essential to happiness that our way of living should spring from our own deep impulses and not from the accidental tastes and desires of those who happen to be our neighbors, or even our relations.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


58. “The best life is the one in which the creative impulses play the largest part and the possessive impulses the smallest.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


59. “Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realize the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


60. “We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


61. “Cruel men believe in a cruel god and use their belief to excuse their cruelty. Only kindly men believe in a kindly god, and they would be kindly in any case.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


62. “Love can flourish only as long as it is free and spontaneous; it tends to be killed by the thought of duty. To say that it is your duty to love so-and-so is the surest way to cause you to hate him or her.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


63. “To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


64. “Dogmatism is the greatest of mental obstacles to human happiness.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL



65. “It’s coexistence or no existence.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


66. “Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


67. “The secrets to happiness include enterprise, exploration of one’s interests and the overcoming of obstacles.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


68. “It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


69. “Language serves not only to express thought but to make possible thoughts which could not exist without it.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


70. “Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


71. “Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


72. “The satisfaction to be derived from success in a great constructive enterprise is one of the most massive that life has to offer.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


73. “One of the most powerful of all our passions is the desire to be admired and respected.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


74. “Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


75. “There are certain things that our age needs. It needs, above all, courageous hope and the impulse to creativeness.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


76. “The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


77. “The free intellect is the chief engine of human progress.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL



78. “One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


79. “One is always a little afraid of love, but above all, one is afraid of pain or causing pain.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


80. “While economics is about how people make choice, sociology is about how they don’t have any choice to make.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


81. “The secret of happiness is this: let your interest be as wide as possible and let your reactions to the things and persons who interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


82. “It is in our hearts that evil lies, and it is from our hearts that it must be plucked out.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


83. “Power, like vanity, is insatiable. Nothing short of omnipotence could satisfy it completely.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


84. “Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


85. “I have sought love because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven the saints and poets have imagined.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


86. “We love our habits more than our income, often more than our life.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


87. “To discover a system for the avoidance of war is a vital need of our civilisation.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


88. “We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one which we preach, but do not practice, and another which we practice, but seldom preach.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


89. “Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


90. “The whiter my hair becomes, the more ready people are to believe what I say.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


91. “It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL



92. “Escape from boredom is one of the really powerful desires of almost all human beings.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


93. “A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


94. “Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


95. “There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


96. “You must believe that you can help bring about a better world.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


97. “One must care about a world one will not see.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


98. “Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.” — BERTRAND RUSSELL


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