Top 10 Quotes by Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

In all the creative work that I have done, what has come first is a problem, a puzzle involving discomfort.

Bertrand Russell
At all times, except when a monarch could enforce his will, war has been facilitated by the fact that vigorous males, confident of victory, enjoyed it, while their females admired them for their prowess.
Bertrand Russell

I suggest to young professors that their first work should be written in a jargon only to be understood by the erudite few. With that behind them, they can ever after say what they have to say in a language 'understand of the people.'

Bertrand Russell
I am firm; YOU are obstinate; HE is a pig-headed fool.
Bertrand Russell

It was the duty of wives to submit to husbands, not of husbands to submit to wives. . . men have stronger muscles than women.

Bertrand Russell
A life which goes excessively against natural impulse is... likely to involve effects of strain that may be quite as bad as indulgence in forbidden impulses would have been. People who live a life which is unnatural beyond a point are likely to be filled with envy, malice and uncharitableness.
Bertrand Russell

Mathematics is only the art of saying the same thing in different words.

Bertrand Russell
We love our habits more than our income, often more than our life.
Bertrand Russell

The harm that theology has done is not to create cruel impulses, but to give them the sanction of what professes to be lofty ethic, and to confer an apparently sacred character upon practices which have come down from more ignorant and barbarous times.

Bertrand Russell
But it is just this characteristic of simplicity in the laws of nature hitherto discovered which it would be fallacious to generalize, for it is obvious that simplicity has been a part cause of their discovery, and can, therefore, give no ground for the supposition that other undiscovered laws are equally simple.