Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time.

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: British

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Official morality has always been oppressive and negative: it has said "thou shalt not," and has not troubled to investigate the effect of activities not forbidden by the code.

From Pythagoras (whether by way of Socrates or not) Plato derived the Orphic elements in his philosophy: the religious trend, the belief in immortality, the other-worldliness, the priestly tone, and all that is involved in the simile of the cave; also his respect for mathematics, and his intimate intermingling of intellect and mysticism.

War grows out of ordinary human nature.

It is not what the man of science believes that distinguishes him, but how and why he believes it. His beliefs are tentative, not dogmatic; they are based on evidence, not on authority or intuition.

Berkeley retains the merit of having shown that the existence of matter is capable of being denied without absurdity.

Curious learning not only makes unpleasant things less unpleasant but also makes pleasant things more pleasant.

The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.

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.

Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.

Whenever you find yourself getting angry about a difference of opinion, be on your guard; you will probably find, on examination, that your belief is going beyond what the evidence warrants.

Moreover, the attitude that one ought to believe such and such a proposition, independently of the question whether there is evidence in its favor, is an attitude which produces hostility to evidence and causes us to close our minds to every fact that does not suit our prejudices.

Suppose you are walking in a thunderstorm, and you say to yourself, I am not at all likely to be struck by lightning. The next moment you are struck. but you experience no surprise, because you are dead.

The secret of happiness is very simply 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.

Only those who slavishly worship success can think that effectiveness is admirable without regard to what is effected.