Bertrand Russell Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Bertrand Russell quotes, Bertrand Russell sayings, and Bertrand Russell proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.'

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts. Bertrand Russell
Whenever one finds oneself inclined to bitterness, it is a sign of emotional failure. Bertrand Russell
It's a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go. Bertrand Russell
Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame. Bertrand Russell
Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself. Bertrand Russell
The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour. Bertrand Russell
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are so confident while the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell
When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also add that some things are more nearly certain than others. Bertrand Russell
Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. Bertrand Russell
Human nature is so constructed that it gives affection most readily to those who seem least to demand it. Bertrand Russell
Drunkenness is temporary suicide. Bertrand Russell
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. Bertrand Russell
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation. 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
The desire for excitement is very deep-seated in human beings Bertrand Russell
Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give. Bertrand Russell
The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf. Bertrand Russell
With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine. Bertrand Russell
Undoubtedly the desire for food has been, and still is, one of the main causes of great political events. Bertrand Russell
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. Bertrand Russell
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. Bertrand Russell
Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them Bertrand Russell
The centre of me is always and eternally in terrible pain ... A searching for something beyond what the world contains, something transfiguring and infinite. Bertrand Russell
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. Bertrand Russell
Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country. Bertrand Russell
Time you enjoy wasting, was is wasted time. Bertrand Russell
It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true. Bertrand Russell