Bertrand Russell Quotes

Russell lived to the age of 97. Enjoy this collection of Bertrand Russell quotes and share the wisdom that he gained through a long, often turbulent, and productive life.

Man in meditation pose amongst mountains with Bertrand Russell quote about joy.

"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

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Bertrand Russell 1872 - 1970, was a philosopher, mathematician and logician known for his outspoken opinions and activism.

Russell was actually imprisoned twice by the British government for his anti-war activities. Aside from that, his contributions to the philosophy of mathematics and logic established him as one of the most respected philosophers of the 20th century.

Russell wrote prolifically throughout his life and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950.

Bertrand Russell died aged 97 after a long, often turbulent, productive, thoughtful and active life. I really hope you'll enjoy this collection of his best quotes.

Bertrand Russell Quotes


"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted."

- Bertrand Russell


"The good life is one
inspired by love and guided by knowledge."

- Bertrand Russell


"The secret of happiness is this:
let your interests be as wide as possible,
and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you
be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile."

- Bertrand Russell


"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


"In all affairs it's a healthy thing
now and then to hang a question mark
on the things you have long taken for granted."

- Bertrand Russell


"I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong."

- 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


"The trouble with the world
is that the stupid are cocksure
and the intelligent are full of doubt."

- Bertrand Russell


"Three passions,
simple but overwhelmingly strong,
have governed my life:
the longing for love,
the search for knowledge,
and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind."

- Bertrand Russell

Heart on fire with quote about magical things by Bertrand Russell.

"The world is full of magical things
patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
- Bertrand Russell

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