Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Conquista da Felicidade” as Want to Read:
A Conquista da Felicidade
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Conquista da Felicidade

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  9,878 ratings  ·  783 reviews
Todas as pessoas que gozam de boa saúde e podem satisfazer plenamente a suas necessidades deveriam ser felizes. Contudo a felicidade é muito rara. Porquê? Bertrand Russell, que é reconhecido como um dos espíritos mais esclarecidos do nosso tempo, propõe nesta obra a solução do problema e discute a forma de cada um encontrar em si próprio o caminho da felicidade.
Russel diss
Paperback, 233 pages
Published March 2009 by Guimarães Editores (first published 1930)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Conquista da Felicidade, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Nathaniel Dakin Yes. I think the first part where Russell talks about the causes of unhappiness contains some really good stuff. For example, he reminds the reader to…moreYes. I think the first part where Russell talks about the causes of unhappiness contains some really good stuff. For example, he reminds the reader to not worry about things that are outside of your control. I think it is useful to be reminded of that whenever I am worrying too much about things in my life, like when I am going to find another job. I can't control how quickly that happens and shouldn't really worry about it as there is no point as I can't do anything about it. Instead I should focus on finding appropriate jobs to apply for and to try and present myself in the best way I can on my application and in the interview. It's a useful principle to keep in mind as I find it does eliminate a lot of worry and helps me focus on things I can have an impact on. (less)
Christopher Donaghue If you want a thoughtful answer, don't give the type of question that one would expect to find in school. We aren't here to do your homework.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.02  · 
Rating details
 ·  9,878 ratings  ·  783 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of A Conquista da Felicidade
Roy Lotz
In adolescence, I hated life and was continually on the verge of suicide, from which, however, I was restrained by the desire to know more mathematics. Now, on the contrary, I enjoy life; I might almost say that with every year that passes I enjoy it more.

Like many people, I suspect, I find Russell an extremely agreeable person. And though he is, no doubt, several orders of magnitude cleverer than I am, I still identify very strongly with him. Perhaps this is only wishful thinking, but the m
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had my doubts: how can a privileged white, male philosopher tell me, a modern-day female minority about the conquest of happiness via a book that was written before my dad was born? How could we possibly have anything in common? Color me surprised. It's striking how relevant his writing is, to our society today.

I started reading this book after a stressful year in my life where I got too caught up with feelings of anxiety and lack of achievement despite working hard most days. I will not go th
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Some great advice from Bertrand Russell,for the conquest of happiness.

But first he looks at the causes of unhappiness.
The social system creates war,economic exploitation and unequal opportunities for individuals.

Unhappy people have mistaken habits,ethics and views of the world.A lot of self absorption,brooding and loneliness creates what he calls "byronic unhappiness."

Many people don't have the zest required for happiness.Competition,fatigue and boredom also create unhappiness.Envy is an even mo
Mar 28, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I was so excited to read this book, because I love Bertrand Russell. I still love Bertrand Russell. It's just too bad that his view of humanity is so narrow-minded in this work. His descriptions of people, of society make you go "whaaaaat?", and while it could be chalked up to the fact that it was written nearly eighty years ago, I think there's more to it. Russell displayed enormous depth and understanding when he wrote "A History of Western Philosophy" a decade later, and I think time really i ...more
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I first read its second-hand hardcover (1930) bought at the National Book Fair XXXVI in Bangkok in 2008 and found Russell's views on happiness practical and witty. Russell famously wrote so clearly and contributively to the world that he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1950 (another similar case is, I think, Sir Winston Churchill), therefore, his writing style is still worth studying and applying in one's narration.

Let me show you some interesting quotes from this book published by
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

Bertrand Russel, cheery scientist and one of the greatest minds and personalities of the era, explains his take on human happiness and what keeps most of us from it most of the time. He explains this from a purely rational and non-theistic perspective, taking nothing for granted. This is NOT a self-help book, bu
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Russell was very right to title this quintessential self-help book with the word "conquest", since happiness is hardly a thing that emanates from the heavens down to your precious soul - unfortunately, the opposite view has held sway for a couple thousand years. Consequently, many average people do as they're told, expecting happiness to come to them if they are obedient, i.e., enjoy mainstream media, conform one's behavior to outside groups, etc. Yet, everything of human worth is precisely outs ...more
I had to keep in mind that this book was written in 1930 by man who lived within the confines of the privileged class of white privilege. If I hadn't kept that in mind the racism and sexism would have made this book intolerable. I had to grit my teeth and move along at times.

I'm not sure Russell could write this book today, even without the racism/sexism. It would probaly be better suited in 2013 to a blog than a book. He goes through all the of the reasons he sees for unhappiness and then throu
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this little book, philosopher Bertrand Russell aimed at bringing across a very important message to the general public: happiness is both attainable and socially beneficial. Since it’s a book aimed at the general public, it’s not a tightly-knit philosophical discussion (although even these are a pleasure to read in the case of Russell). So, don’t expect to find any academic distinctions or clear definitions. Yet, since Russell was versed in mathematics, philosophy and science, he draws heavil ...more
Safaa (Ṣafā)
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A transcendent experience, I could relate so much, it was like looking into the mirror, it called to me. A genuine book, calling it a self-help book wouldn't do it justice.

I don't know what happiness is, but Russell sure has taught me how to get there. His methods and views were so understandable, his logic irrefutable. Being a man of Science, his observations remain so accurate, I was blown away. I loved his observations about people in Science, they seemed so close to the truth. A Mathematicia
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in Russell’s usual say-it-like-it-is style, The Conquest of Happiness gets straight to the point with an incisive view of how to be happy, that is as apt today as when it was written nearly 50 years ago.
The book is split into two halves: the first describing the main causes of unhappiness, and the second, well I think you can guess that it’s the causes of happiness.
To summarise: live in the present; enjoy the small things; don’t compete with others; avoid boredom, yet aim for moderation

It is always refreshing to hear exact scientists give their opinions about life or sociological matters. I find them a lot more refreshing than the usual quick guide to happiness by some psychologist, or the energy-inside-yourself babble by a spiritual charlatan.

Already from the introduction you understand that Russell is not writing this to make some easy money: he clearly wants to just pass on ideas that have worked for him, and that may be useful for others as well.

The book consists of two se
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its a wonderful read . with great insight and indepth studyof human behaviour the author identifies what makes a man happy or unhappy. And the solutions he offer are practicable and easy to adopt if one so one wants. its a must read for all book lovers and for those who are interested in the study of human charcter.
Jo-Ann Zhou
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest chicken soup for the soul books I read so far, though frankly I haven't read a lot. The book was first published in 1930, which still applies to present life. It's an art to be happy, life long class. Below is what I quote from the book:

What I disagreed:

"A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live."

What I agreed:

"Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile."

1) "Remember that your mot
I read it because I'm into happiness books these days, but this one felt curiously dated (it came out in 1930). Its traditional philosophical approach and voice just isn't my thing.

However, if you can borrow it from the library or a friend--or if you can read a portion of it in a bookstore--it's worth reading Chapter 11: Zest.

His argument is that "the most universal and distinctive mark" of happiness is zest, which he essentially defines as a love of and curiosity about life. I like the way he
Debbie Madrid
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book has very wise insights of life and the way we should be living.
I read it in parts to be able to absorb the information inside which is a lot.
I agree with most of his points of view.
Farhan Khalid
Unhappiness, why?

Day-to-day unhappiness from which most people in civilized countries suffer, and which is all the more unbearable because having no external cause, it appears inescapable

I believe this unhappiness to be very largely due to mistaken views of the world, mistaken ethics, mistaken habits of life


Gradually I learned to be indifferent to myself and my experience

I came to centre my attention increasingly upon external objects


Sins are committed by everyone or no one

The m
P.J. Sullivan
Bertrand Russell was the quintessential rational man. In this book he applies rationality to psychology in a systematic examination of human thinking and motivations. Without denying the importance of external social forces, he concerns himself here with only those factors which lie within the power of the individual mind to change.

Discussing the psychological causes of unhappiness, he concludes that preoccupation with self is the chief culprit. The personality should be directed outward. The in
Zhiyar Qadri
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
insightful and lovely reflections of a genius on happiness #Mustread
finding our Anchors that genuinely give us gratefulness and zest for life is what matters.
Top 2 lessons to remember:
1- graceful accepting of an objective life however counterintuitive it maybe.
2- I will only put my favorite colors on my canvas ..
Matt Riddle
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a bit dated in parts but still packed with goodness.

Some people consider self-love or self-esteem the counter to or cure for self-loathing. Russell makes a very compelling argument that self-esteem and self-loathing are merely flip sides of the same coin of self-absorption. Russell argues that the best and most healthy practice is to think about yourself as little as possible and instead become absorbed by causes and activities outside of yourself.

"Through such interests a man come
George Georgescu
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.”

“If we were all given by magic the power to read each other’s thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be almost all friendships would be dissolved; the second effect, however, might be excellent, for a world without any friends w
Carmen Movilă
Let's just say it's... enlightning ^^
One of the best lectures so far. :)
Bogdan Raț
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Sir Russell, for your wisdom.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, nonfiction
3.5 ☆
Invented self-help written by old ethnocentric white men
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much more the passionate carpe diem approach of Horace than the placid sit down quietly and wait for happiness to alight on you approach of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Even the title is proactive, suggestive of territory being taken in a war with an opposing force.

Russell begins with the notion that happiness begins in something exterior to a person. I would have to agree with him on purely etymological grounds. Happiness is related to the English words 'happenstance' and 'hapless' (both words that ind
Leonardo Rydin Gorjão
The rationalist par excellence Bertrand Russell elaborates on the Conquest of Happiness in a transitioning society, staged on the so-felt struggle between religious morality of the Western world and the growing personal freedom we nowadays often take for granted. The individual faces, of one's own volition, a personal quest for happiness, unshackled from the demerits of Christianity and the ambiguity of societal ill-defined morality. How is one to ensure a happy life?

A pleasant read especially p
Michael P.
Eminent and prolifically published British philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote a self-help book? Yep, and like most self-help books, it has its problems. Russell sensibly approaches the issue of finding happiness as a good philosopher ought, thoroughly and evenhandedly. The books is structured in two parts, first the obstacles to happiness and how to overcome them followed by positive things that people can do to achieve happiness.

The logic is essentially compelling and the advice good, though Ru
Snehal Bhagat
A mathematician-turned-philosopher reflects on what constitutes true happiness, and how to attain it.

Russell is highly regarded in mathematical circles, but I have little idea of what his contribution to philosophy is, or in what light modern psychology views his recipes for achieving a happy life. And recipes they are, arising out of his personal observations. Which probably explains the unappetizing elements of the book- a friend of mine says that if you only ever get to see circles when you a
Caroline Friedman Levy
A soothing, Emersonian book filled with Russell's wisdom on "the happy man", pushing one towards impulsivity, friendliness, big-heartedness. To the young writer, "Give up trying to write, and, instead, try not to write. Go out into the world; become a pirate, a king in Borneo, a laborer in Soviet Russia." Quite a bit about the family and what a significant source of happiness Russell's own children were to him, slightly irritating to read while on family vacation and, given the nature of men who ...more
Momina Masood
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Finally! This could have been an exceptionally intelligent book if Russell had a little tolerance towards religion. Some of the things he says in this books are perfectly correct, rational, and infallible, but there are other things, as well; that of a lame, idiotic, and unconvincing tendency. The book gets tedious at times, and his harping over 'the man of science' again and again really tested my patience. And another thing was his dreary outlook for the poor, unfortunate 'domesticated wife'! ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Bangladesh: The conquest of happiness by Bertrand Russell epub 1 28 Jan 05, 2016 08:53AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Amurgul gândurilor
  • الدخلاء
  • The Consolations of Philosophy
  • Manualul - Antidepresiv la purtător
  • The Art of Loving
  • Hayat
  • In Praise of Idleness: A Timeless Essay
  • Cel mai iubit dintre pământeni
  • Minciuni pe canapea
  • Viața pe un peron
  • The Art of Being
  • Livada de vișini • Trei surori
  • The Wisdom of Life
  • Hayır Diyebilme Sanatı
  • The Horrors and Absurdities of Religion
  • On the Heights of Despair
  • Scrisori către Lucilius, vol. I (letter 1-80)
See similar books…
Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS, was a Welsh philosopher, historian, logician, mathematician, advocate for social reform, pacifist, and prominent rationalist. Although he was usually regarded as English, as he spent the majority of his life in England, he was born in Wales, where he also died.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950 "in recognition of his var

Articles featuring this book

Need some help planning your summer reading? Goodreads employees are a very bookish bunch, so we asked our colleagues to...
183 likes · 43 comments
“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” 4491 likes
“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” 648 likes
More quotes…