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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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Civilized life has altogether grown too tame, and, if it is to be stable, it must provide a harmless outlets for the impulses which our remote ancestors satisfied in hunting

Hunting Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.

Italy Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Law in origin was merely a codification of the power of dominant groups, and did not aim at anything that to a modern man would appear to be justice

Justice Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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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

Machines Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths

Mankind Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion

Mankind Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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

Mankind Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.

Misery Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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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.

Morality Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent

Nature Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer

Needs Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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One should 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

Opinions Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Pleasure of love lasts but a moment, pain of love lasts a lifetime.

Pleasure Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Punctuality is a quality the need of which is bound up with social co-operation. It has nothing to do with the relation of the soul to God, or with mystic insight, or with any of the matters with which the more elevated and spiritual moralists are co

Punctuality Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.

Religion Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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The need for prostitution arises from the fact that many men are either unmarried or away from their wives on journeys, that such men are not content to remain continent, and that in a conventionally virtuous community they do not find respectable women.

Respectability Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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By self-interest, Man has become gregarious, but in instinct he has remained to a great extent solitary; hence the need of religion and morality to reinforce self-interest

Self-interest Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Food has replaced sex in my life, now I can't even get into my own pants

Sex Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Male superiority in former days was easily demonstrated, because if a woman questioned her husband's he could beat her. From superiority in this respect others were thought to follow. Men were more reasonable than women, more inventive, less swayed b

Superiority Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.

Tolerance Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly.

Happiness Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.

Circumstances Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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There is much pleasure ot be gained from useless knowledge.

Knowledge Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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There is much pleasure to be gained in useless knowledge.

Knowledge Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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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.

Love Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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