Bertrand Russell

1872 - 1970

A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on greatness, soul, happiness, fate, value, and joy

A man who has once perceived, however temporarily and however briefly, what makes greatness of soul, can no longer be happy if he allows himself to be petty, self-seeking, troubled by trivial misfortunes, dreading what fate may have in store for him. The man capable of greatness of soul will open wide the windows of his mind, letting the winds blow freely upon it from every portion of the universe.

He will see himself and life and the world as truly as our human limitations will permit; realizing the brevity and minuteness of human life, he will realize also that in individual minds is concentrated whatever of value the known universe contains. And he will see that the man whose mind mirrors the world becomes in a sense as great as the world. In emancipation from the fears that beset the slave of circumstance he will experience a profound joy, and through all the vicissitudes of his outward life he will remain in the depths of his being a happy man.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on thought, fear, thinking, and freedom

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth - more than ruin - more even than death... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on mathematics, philosophy, and beauty

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: "The Study of Mathematics", Mysticism and Logic: And Other Essays

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A Quote by Bertrand Russell on mind, introspection, meaning, life, wisdom, and perception

"The mind is a strange machine which can combine the materials offered to it in the most astonishing ways, but without material from the external world it is powerless, and unlike the sausage machine it must seize its material for itself, since events only become experiences through the interest we take in them; if they do not interest us, we are making nothing of them. The man, therefore, whose attention is turned within finds nothing worthy of his notice, whereas the man whose attention is turned outward can find within, in those rare moments when he examines his soul, the most varied and interesting assortment of ingredients being dissected and recombined into beautiful and instructive patterns."

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: The Conquest of Happiness

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A Quote by Bertrand Russell on science, philosophy, knowledge, and unknown

Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on humanity

Remember your humanity and forget the rest.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Russell on posession and free and noble life

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: My diary

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Religion is based . . . mainly on fear . . . fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. . . . My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on happiness

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.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Orthodoxy is the death of intelligence.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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