Bertrand Russell

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Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS (/ˈrʌsəl/; 18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had "never been any of these things, in any profound sense". He was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in the United Kingdom. In the early 20th century, Russell led the British "revolt against idealism". He is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege, colleague G. E. Moore, and his protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is widely held to be one of the 20th century's premier logicians. With A. N. Whitehead he wrote Principia Mathematica, an attempt to create a... More

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Bertrand Russell #Age #Religion

Photo of Bertrand Russell It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.
Bertrand Russell #Art

Photo of Bertrand Russell Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.
Bertrand Russell #Funny

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

Photo of Bertrand Russell 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.
Bertrand Russell #War

Photo of Bertrand Russell War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
Bertrand Russell #Fear #Wisdom

Photo of Bertrand Russell To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Bertrand Russell #Education #Men

Photo of Bertrand Russell Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
Bertrand Russell #Education #Freedom #Intelligence

Photo of Bertrand Russell We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
Bertrand Russell #Fear

Photo of Bertrand Russell Boredom is... a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
Bertrand Russell #Fear #Wisdom

Photo of 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 #Fear

Photo of Bertrand Russell Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
Bertrand Russell #Fear #Great

Photo of Bertrand Russell 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.
Bertrand Russell #Fear

Photo of Bertrand Russell None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.
Bertrand Russell #Men #Women

Photo of Bertrand Russell 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.
Bertrand Russell #Freedom #Government

Photo of Bertrand Russell Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
Bertrand Russell #Funny

Photo of Bertrand Russell I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
Bertrand Russell #Freedom

Photo of Bertrand Russell Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.
Bertrand Russell #Age #Power

Photo of Bertrand Russell Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age.
Bertrand Russell #Good #Happiness

Photo of Bertrand Russell Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
Bertrand Russell #Good

Photo of Bertrand Russell The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.
Bertrand Russell #Good

Photo of Bertrand Russell Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
Bertrand Russell #Good

Photo of Bertrand Russell The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
Bertrand Russell #Great #Men

Photo of Bertrand Russell The theoretical understanding of the world, which is the aim of philosophy, is not a matter of great practical importance to animals, or to savages, or even to most civilised men.
Bertrand Russell #Great

Photo of Bertrand Russell Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free.
Bertrand Russell #Happiness

Photo of Bertrand Russell To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.