Bertrand Russell Quotes on Power (13 Quotes)


    The increase of organization has brought into existence new positions of power. Every body has to have executive officials, in whom, at any moment, its power is concentrated. It is true that officials are usually subject to control, but the control m

    Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.

    Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.

    If I had the power to organize higher education as I should wish it to be, I should seek to substitute for the old orthodox religions which appeal to few among the young, and those as a rule the least intelligent and the most obscurantist something wh.

    Men who allow their love of power to give them a distorted view of the world are to be found in every asylum one man will think that he is the Governor of the Bank of England, another will think he is the King, and yet another will think he is God.


    What vanity needs for its satisfaction is glory, and it's easy to have glory without power.

    Law in origin was merely a codification of the power of dominant groups, and did not aim at anything that to a modern man would appear to be justice

    Man is a feeble creature, to whom only submission and worship are besoming. Pride is insolence, and belief in human power is impiety.

    Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power.

    The pursuit of knowledge is, I think, mainly actuated by love of power

    Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery.

    Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age.

    The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.


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