Bertrand Russell

1872 - 1970

A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on happiness, interest, and secrets

The secret of happiness is this - let your interests be wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on effort, experience, influence, laughter, secrets, universe, and vision

William James describes a man who got the experience from laughing-gas; whenever he was under its influence, he knew the secret of the universe, but when he came to, he had forgotten it. At last, with immense effort, he wrote down the secret before the vision had faded. When completely recovered, he rushed to see what he had written. It was 'A smell of petroleum prevails throughout'.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: A History of Western Philosophy

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on achievement, knowledge, men, passion, power, and understanding

With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway about the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell .

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on cricket, death, personality, personality, and survival

To expect a personality to survive the disintegration of the brain is like expecting a cricket club to survive when all of its members are dead.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on certainty, clarity, duty, preparation, purity, work, and world

A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. Certain characteristics of the subject are clear. To begin with, we do not, in this subject, deal with particular things or particular properties: we deal formally with what can be said about "any" thing or "any" property. We are prepared to say that one and one are two, but not that Socrates and Plato are two, because, in our capacity of logicians or pure mathematicians, we have never heard of Socrates or Plato. A world in which there were no such individuals would still be a world in which one and one are two. It is not open to us, as pure mathematicians or logicians, to mention anything at all, because, if we do so we introduce something irrelevant and not formal.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: J. R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on health and questions

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.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on compromise, creativity, idealism, life, limitations, men, practicality, purity, reason, and world

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.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on children

We want far better reasons for having children than not knowing how to prevent them.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on cooperation and mankind

The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on adoption, intelligence, reason, religion, and science

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

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