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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