Bertrand Russell

1872 - 1970

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.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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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.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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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.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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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 achievement, beginning, belief, body, creation, failure, future, interest, justice, knowledge, literature, logic, mathematics, men, merit, order, past, philosophy, physics, problems, research, schools, scienc

The study of logic becomes the central study in philosophy: it gives the method of research in philosophy, just as mathematics gives the method in physics. . . . All this supposed knowledge in the traditional systems must be swept away, and a new beginning must be made. . . . To the large and still growing body of men engaged in the pursuit of science, . . . the new method, successful already in such time-honored problems as number, infinity, continuity, space and time, should make an appeal which the older methods have wholly failed to make. The one and only condition, I believe, which is necessary in order to secure for philosophy in the near future an achievement surpassing all that has hitherto been accomplished by philosophers, is the creation of a school of men with scientific training and philosophical interests, unhampered by the traditions of the past, and not misled by the literary methods of those who copy the ancients in all except their merits.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Our Knowledge of the External World, as a Field For Scientific Method in Philosophy

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on action, government, majorities, and nonsense

There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate government action.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on language, life, logic, mathematics, physics, and words

Ordinary language is totally unsuited for expressing what physics really asserts, since the words of everyday life are not sufficiently abstract. Only mathematics and mathematical logic can say as little as the physicist means to say.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: The Scientific Outlook, 1931.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on knowledge, life, love, mankind, pity, simplicity, and suffering

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Bertrand Russell, Autobiography

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on future, past, and security

Indemnity for the past and security for the future.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Memoir of Fox, vol. iii. p. 345, Letter to the Hon. T. Maitland.

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