44 Bertrand Russell Quotes That Will Awake Your Intellect

Bertrand Russell was a versatile genius. He was a British Philosopher as well as mathematician, writer and he has many other qualities too. Russell was born on May 18, 1872, in Monmouthshire in the UK. After the death of his mother, sister, and father in his early childhood, he was brought up by their paternal grandparents. He studied at his home by tutors at first. When he was 18, he became an atheist. He won a scholarship to read Mathematical Tripos at the Trinity College, Cambridge and began his studies there. Russell published German Social Democracy. a book of politics in 1896. Most of the Bertrand Russell quotes have been derived from the same work.

In the same year, he started teaching German Social Democracy at the London School of Democracy. He was elected a fellow of Royal Society in 1908. Russell won the Nobel Prize in Literature as a result of his hard work throughout his career in 1950. On February 2, 1970, he took his last breath. Here are the best Bertrand Russell quotes that will awake your intellect.

1. What is more enviable than happiness? – Bertrand Russell

2. Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear. – Bertrand Russell

3. Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education. – Bertrand Russell

4. Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. – Bertrand Russell

5. Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones. – Bertrand Russell

6. The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation. – Bertrand Russell

7. Neither acquiescence in skepticism nor acquiescence in dogma is what education should produce. – Bertrand Russell

8. Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent. – Bertrand Russell

9. And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence. – Bertrand Russell

10. One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. – Bertrand Russell

11. Whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities. – Bertrand Russell

12. The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. – Bertrand Russell

13.  I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that’s fair. – Bertrand Russell

14. Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination. – Bertrand Russell

15. Knowledge, like other good things, is difficult, but not impossible; the dogmatist forgets the difficulty, the skeptic denies the possibility. – Bertrand Russell

16. We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one which we preach, but do not practice, and another which we practice, but seldom preach. – Bertrand Russell

17. It is normal to hate what we fear, and it happens frequently, though not always, that we fear what we hate. – Bertrand Russell

18. Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. – Bertrand Russell

19. We love those who hate our enemies, and if we had no enemies there would be very few people whom we should love. – Bertrand Russell

20. The only thing that will redeem mankind is co-operation. – Bertrand Russell

21. Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. – Bertrand Russell

22. The total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution. – Bertrand Russell

23. The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them. – Bertrand Russell

24. Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. – Bertrand Russell

25. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. – Bertrand Russell

26. To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level. – Bertrand Russell

27. A man without a bias cannot write interesting history. – Bertrand Russell quotes

28. Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin – more even than death. – Bertrand Russell

29. What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. – Bertrand Russell

30. Whatever we know without inference is mental. – Bertrand Russell

31. To endure uncertainty is difficult, but so are most of the other virtues. – Bertrand Russell

32. The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. – Bertrand Russell

33. To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true. – Bertrand Russell

34. Beware the man of a single book. – Bertrand Russell

35. Acquisitiveness — the wish to possess as much as possible of goods, or the title to goods — is a motive which, I suppose, has its origin in a combination of fear with the desire for necessaries. – Bertrand Russell

36. An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup. – Bertrand Russell

37. Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man. – Bertrand Russell

38. It is a preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly. – Bertrand Russell

39. The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. – Bertrand Russell

40. God epitomized the history of the human race. Bertrand Russell

41. Patriots always talk of dying for their country, and never of killing for their country. – Bertrand Russell

42. Dogmatism is the greatest of mental obstacles to human happiness. – Bertrand Russell

43. No nation was ever so virtuous as each believes itself, and none was ever so wicked as each believes the other. – Bertrand Russell

44. The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. – Bertrand Russell

I hope you like reading Bertrand Russell quotes. Let me know which one of the quotes do you enjoy reading the most in the comments below.

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