Bertrand Russell

1872 - 1970

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.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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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.

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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 life and possessions

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

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on belief and work

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

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on challenge, problems, and solution

The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on men, proverbs, wisdom, and wit

A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Ascribed

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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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