Bertrand Arthur William Russell

18 May 1872 // 2 Feb 1970
Philosopher / Mathematician


Greatness of Soul (1)

A man who has once perceived, however temporarily and however briefly, what makes greatness of soul, can no longer be happy if he allows himself to be petty, self-seeking, troubled by trivial misfort...

Full Life is a Correct Combination of Instinct, Mind and Spirit (2)

Instinct, mind and spirit are all essential to a full life; each has its own excellence and its own corruption. Each can attain a spurituous excellence at the expense of the others; each has a tenden...



On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."