Bertrand Russell

1872 - 1970

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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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 needs and statistics

If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: N. T. J. Bailey Mathematical Approach to Biology and Medicine, New York: Wiley, 1967.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on understanding

At first it seems obvious, but the more you think about it the stranger the deductions from this axiom seem to become; in the end you cease to understand what is meant by it.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on age, beginning, brothers, happiness, imagination, interest, life, love, mathematics, and world

At the age of eleven, I began Euclid, with my brother as my tutor. This was one of the great events of my life, as dazzling as first love. I had not imagined there was anything so delicious in the world. From that moment until I was thirty-eight, mathematics was my chief interest and my chief source of happiness.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell .

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on mathematics and science

Mathematics is the only science where one never knows what one is talking about nor whether what is said is true.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on conformity, mathematics, and necessity

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

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