Quotes by Bertrand Russell

  • Boredom is... a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
  • The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.
  • Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
  • Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
  • Drunkenness is temporary suicide.
  • War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
  • The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
  • I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
  • The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
  • The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
  • To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
  • There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
  • To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.


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