Bertrand Russell Love Quotes and Sayings
2. Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
3. The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
4. To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
5. There will still be things that machines cannot do. They will not produce great art or great literature or great philosophy; they will not be able to discover the secret springs of happiness in the human heart; they will know nothing of love and friendship.
6. 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 praiseworthy.
7. 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.
Russell led the British “revolt against idealism” in the early 1900s and is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his protégé Wittgenstein and his elder Frege. He co-authored, with A. N. Whitehead, Principia Mathematica, an attempt to ground mathematics on logic. His philosophical essay “On Denoting” has been considered a “paradigm of philosophy.” Both works have had a considerable influence on logic, mathematics, set theory, linguistics and analytic philosophy.
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. 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. 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 ignorance.
28. I believe in using words, not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex.
29. I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
30. I’ve made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.
31. 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.
32. If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.
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. 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.
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.