Aphorisms by author: Bertrand Russell

Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.
By theme : Philosophy Wisdom
We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
By theme : Education Thought
Civilized people cannot fully satisfy their sexual instinct without love.
By theme : Love
Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible.
By theme : Life Philosophy Thought
At least half of sins of mankind are caused by the fear of boredom.
By theme : Psychology Wisdom Wit
All human activity is prompted by desire.
By theme : Philosophy Wisdom
Hospital is a place where they wake you up to give you a sleeping pill.
By theme : Humor Wit
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth - more than ruin - more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
By theme : Thought
The psychology of adultery has been falsified by conventional morals, which assume, in monogamous countries, that attraction to one person cannot coexist with affection for another. Everybody knows that this is untrue.
By theme : Morality Psychology Relations Society
There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other that you can boast about it.
By theme : Psychology Behavior
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so.
By theme : Behavior Thought
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
By theme : Philosophy War
It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won`t go.
By theme : Behavior Psychology Reason
Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
By theme : Life Philosophy Thought
Science is what you know; philosophy is what you don`t know.
By theme : Psychology Science
Love, children, and work are the great sources of fertilizing contact between the individual and the rest of the world.
By theme : Relations Society
Just because your doctor has a name for your condition doesn`t mean he knows what it is.
By theme : Health
Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
By theme : Behavior Politics Society
Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
By theme : Knowledge Science
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence, which could support this.
By theme : Men Reason Thought
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