Top 20 Quotes by Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.

Bertrand Russell
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Bertrand Russell

Fanaticism is the danger of the world, and always has been, and has done untold harm. I might almost say that I was fanatical against fanaticism.

Bertrand Russell
it [is] possible to suppose that, if Russia is allowed to have peace, an amazing industrial development may take place, making Russia a rival of the United States.
Bertrand Russell

Most human beings, though in varying degrees, desire to control, not only their own lives but also the lives of others

Bertrand Russell
Dread of disaster makes everybody act in the very way that increases the disaster.
Bertrand Russell

Education, and the life of the mind generally, is a matter in which individual initiative is the chief thing needed; the function of the state should begin and end with insistence on some kind of education, and, if possible, a kind which promotes mental individualism, not a kind which happens to conform to the prejudices of government officials.

Bertrand Russell
You, your families, your friends and your countries are to be exterminated by the common decision of a few brutal but powerful men. To please these men, all the private affections, all the public hopes, all that has been achieved in art, and knowledge and thought and all that might be achieved hereafter is to be wiped out forever. Our ruined lifeless planet will continue for countless ages to circle aimlessly round the sun unredeemed by the joys and loves, the occasional wisdom and the power to create beauty which have given value to human life.
Bertrand Russell

We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.

Bertrand Russell
To create a good philosophy you should renounce metaphysics but be a good mathematician.