Bertrand Russell

1872 - 1970

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.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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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.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on cooperation and mankind

The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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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.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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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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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on patriotism

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

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on correction, earth, logic, philosophy, and time

In the first place a philosophical proposition must be general. It must not deal specially with things on the surface of the earth, or within the solar system, or with any other portion of space and time. . . . This brings us to a second characteristic of philosophical propositions, namely that they must be a priori. A philosophical proposition must be such as can neither be proved nor disproved by empirical evidence. . . . Philosophy, if what has been said is correct, becomes indistinguishable from logic as that word has now come to be used.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: On Scientific Method in Philosophy, Russell

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on belief, paradox, philosophy, simplicity, and worth

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: The Philosophy of Logical Atomism

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on politicians

If you call your opponent a politician, it's grounds for libel.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: 1990

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