Bertrand Russell Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 Marriage and Morals, Chapter 9: The Place of Love in Human Life, 1929
1. Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.
#2 Marriage and Morals, Chapter 6: Romantic Love, 1929
2. I believe myself that romantic love is the source of the most intense delights that life has to offer. In the relation of a man and woman who love each other with passion and imagination and tenderness, there is something of inestimable value, to be ignorant of which is a great misfortune to any human being.
#3 Marriage and Morals, Chapter 10, 1929
3. I believe marriage to be the best and most important relation that can exist between two human beings.
#4 Marriage and Morals, Chapter 11: Prostitution, 1929
4. Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.
#5 Marriage and Morals, Chapter 19: Sex and Individual Well-Being, 1929
5. To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
#6-7 The Conquest of Happiness, 1930
6. Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
7. Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praise-worthy.
#8 What I Believe, 1925
8. The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
#9 BBC interview on “Face to Face” 1959
9. Love is wise – Hatred is foolish.
#10 The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell
10. I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy – ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness – that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it, finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what – at last – I have found.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970), commonly known as simply Bertrand Russell, was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, atheist, social reformer, socialist and pacifist. Although he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died.
In 1950, Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, “in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought.”
Sayings by Bertrand Russell
1. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
2. Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
3. The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
4. Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.
5. We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
6. A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
7. A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.
8. A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.
9. Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
10. Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed.
11. A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation.
#12 The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, Chapter 5: First Marriage, 1872–1914
12. Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.
13. Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.
14. Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.
15. Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.
16. Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted.
17. The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
18. Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.
19. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
20. Boredom is … a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
21. Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
22. 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.
23. Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one.
24. One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
25. To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
26. Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.
#27 Philosophy for Laymen, 1946
27. But if philosophy is to serve a positive purpose, it must not teach mere skepticism, for, while the dogmatist is harmful, the skeptic is useless. Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or of ignorance.
#28 The Study of Mathematics, November 1907
28. Mathematics takes us still further from what is human, into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the world, but every possible world, must conform.
#29 A Free Man’s Worship, 1903
29. Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time.
#30 The New York Times, 3 February 1970
30. Whatever happens, I cannot be a silent witness to murder or torture. Anyone who is a partner in this is a despicable individual. I am sorry I cannot be moderate about it . . .
#31 The Expanding Mental Universe, Saturday Evening Post, July 1959
31. There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less.
#32 Greek Exercises, 1888
32. My whole religion is this: do every duty, and expect no reward for it, either here or hereafter.
#33-34 The Conquest of Happiness, 1930
33. The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
34. If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give. And to demand too much is the surest way of getting even less than is possible.
#35 The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, 1967-1969
35. 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. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.