Bertrand Russell

1872 - 1970

A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on happiness

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on belief, christ, hell, and punishment

Christ believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on life and theory

Upon hearing via Littlewood an exposition on the theory of relativity: To think I have spent my life on absolute muck.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: J.E. Littlewood, A Mathematician's Miscellany, Methuen and Co. ltd., 1953.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on good and teachers

A good notation has a subtlety and suggestiveness which at times make it almost seem like a live teacher.

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 brevity, circumstances, experience, fate, fear, greatness, happiness, individuality, joy, life, limitations, mind, perception, slavery, soul, universe, value, and world

A man who has once perceived, however temporarily and however briefly, what makes greatness of soul, can no longer be happy if he allows himself to be petty, self-seeking, troubled by trivial misfortunes, dreading what fate may have in store for him. The man capable of greatness of soul will open wide the windows of his mind, letting the winds blow freely upon it from every portion of the universe. He will see himself and life and the world as truly as our human limitations will permit; realizing the brevity and minuteness of human life, he will realize also that in individual minds is concentrated whatever of value the known universe contains. And he will see that the man whose mind mirrors the world becomes in a sense as great as the world. In emancipation from the fears that beset the slave of circumstance he will experience a profound joy, and through all the vicissitudes of his outward life he will remain in the depths of his being a happy man.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: The Conquest of Happiness

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell

4. Form The "form" of a proposition is that, in it, which remains unchanged when every constituent of the proposition is replaced by another.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Chapter XVIII of Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy, Russell

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on logic, study, and world

5. a priori Logical propositions are such as can be known a priori without study of the actual world.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Chapter XVIII of Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy, Russell

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on conventionality, criticism, departure, and people

Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: The Conquest of Happiness

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on desires, progress, reform, understanding, and world

The desire to understand the world and the desire to reform it are the two great engines of progress.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Marriage and Morals.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on education, men, and stupidity

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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