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89 Famous Quotes by Bertrand Russell
5/18/1872 - 2/2/1970
Also Known As:  
3rd Earl Russell     Bertrand Arthur William Russell     Bertie
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Watch your thoughts, for they become words.Watch your words, for they become actions.Watch your actions, for they become habits.Watch your habits, for they become character.Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

Caution Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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The qualities most needed are charity and tolerance, not some form of fanatical faith such as is offered to us by the various rampant isms

Quality Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.

Agriculture Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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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

Capitalism Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

Gossip Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Sin is geographical.

Sin Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards.

Equality Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity.

Compromise Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.

Nature Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Science can teach us, and I think our own hearts can teach us, no longer to look around for imaginary supports, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in, instead

Science Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.

Hatred Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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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 wide-spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible

Opinions Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.

Science Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed.

Unhappiness Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life

Zest Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.

Belief Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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The commonest objection to birth control is that it is against nature.

Birth control Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also add that some things are more nearly certain than others

Certainty Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch-what make you go beyond the norm.

Challenge Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.

Civilization Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way

Controversy Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic.

Controversy Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed.

Envy Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.

Extremism Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires

Freedom Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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