Bertrand Russell


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  • ''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.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. The Conquest of Happiness, ch. 10 (1930).
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  • ''Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. The Conquest of Happiness, ch. 9 (1930).
  • ''Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. The Conquest of Happiness, ch. 6 (1930).
  • ''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.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. The Conquest of Happiness, ch. 9 (1930).
  • ''Drunkenness ... is temporary suicide.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. The Conquest of Happiness, ch. 2 (1930).
  • ''Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. The Conquest of Happiness, ch. 1 (1930).
  • ''To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. The Conquest of Happiness, ch. 14 (1930). "At present," Russell added, "very few people have reached this level."
  • ''The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. "The Impulse to Power," ch. 1, Power (1938).
  • ''I do not pretend to start with precise questions. I do not think you can start with anything precise. You have to achieve such precision as you can, as you go along.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician, activist, pacifist. The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, p. 49 (1918). Reflection on the nature of analytic philosophy.
  • ''Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. "The Superior Virtue of the Oppressed," Unpopular Essays (1950).

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