Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quotes

  • ''In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word "experience" have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. repr. In Logic and Knowledge (1956). "On the Nature of Acquaintance," sect. 1 (1914).
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  • ''A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. repr. In Logic and Knowledge (1956). "On the Nature of Acquaintance: Neutral Monism," (1914).
  • ''Change is one thing, progress is another. "Change" is scientific, "progress" is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. repr. In Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell. "Philosophy and Politics," ch. 50.
  • ''To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. Power, ch. 18, sct. 4 (1938).
  • ''We shall say that we have acquaintance with anything of which we are directly aware, without the intermediary of any process of inference of any knowledge of truths.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher. Problems of Philosophy, p. 46, Oxford University Press (1959).
  • ''Awareness of universals is called conceiving, and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher. Problems of Philosophy, p. 52.
  • ''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.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. "Prostitution," Marriage and Morals (1929).
  • ''Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. Sceptical Essays, "Machines and Emotions," (1928).
  • ''As a lover of truth, the national propaganda of all the belligerent nations sickened me. As a lover of civilization, the return to barbarism appalled me.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, vol. 2, ch. 1 (1968). Referring to World War I...
  • ''Boredom is ... a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. The Conquest of Happiness, ch. 4 (1930).

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