Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Earl Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
Earl Bertrand Russell.
BornMay 18, 1872
Trelleck, England
DiedFebruary 2, 1970
Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales
British philosopher. Best known for his philosophies of logical atomism and the logical basis for mathematics. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950.

The repository contains 10 quotes from Earl Bertrand Russell.


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


To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.


It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.


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


A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations.

LeadershipOpinionPolitics and Government

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison; anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unneccessary tyranny.


What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.


It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.


The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

America and Patriotism

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.