Bertrand Russell Quotes on Mind (16 Quotes)


    The difference between mind and brain is not a difference of quality, but a difference of arrangement. It is like the difference between arranging people in geographical order or in alphabetical order, both of which are done in the post office direct

    Through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.

    I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy.

    To expect a personality to survive the disintegration of the brain is like expecting a cricket club to survive when all of its members are dead.

    If we were all given by magic power to read each other's thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships


    Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.

    It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living.

    I did not know I loved you until I heard myself telling so, for one instance I thought, 'Good God, what have I said' and then I knew it was true.

    It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a great hope that it so seldom achieves great results. The wish to preserve the past rather that the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young.

    Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free.

    Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities.

    Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.

    To a modern mind, it is difficult to feel enthusiastic about a virtuous life if nothing is going to be achieved by it.

    Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, the chief glory of man.

    We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.

    The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.


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