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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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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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One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

Nervousness Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.

Beliefs Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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

Boredom Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

Doubt Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.

Hope 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.

Hypocrisy Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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

Illusion Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

Love Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real estate, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.

Mercy Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.

Patriotism Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Reason is a harmonizing, controlling force rather than a creative one.

Reason Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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For my part I distrust all generalizations about women, favorable and unfavorable, masculine and feminine, ancient and modern; all alike, I should say, result from paucity of experience.

Women Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Christianity Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.

Christianity Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.

Ability Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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If a law were passed giving six months to every writer of a first book, only the good ones would do it.

Books Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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

Civilization Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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

Computer / technology / science Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Most people would rather die than think: many do.

Death Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so.

Death / immortality Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.

Death / immortality Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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All human activity is prompted by desire.

Desire Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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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.

Doubt Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people s ofull of doubts.

Doubt Quotes, by Bertrand Russell

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