Quotes of Bertrand Russell

“ I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine. ”

- Bertrand Russell

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

- Bertrand Russell

“ A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling? ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ Civilized life has altogether grown too tame, and, if it is to be stable, it must provide a harmless outlets for the impulses which our remote ancestors satisfied in hunting. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. ”

- Bertrand Russell

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

- Bertrand Russell

“ Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf. ”

- Bertrand Russell

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

- Bertrand Russell

“ I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. ”

- Bertrand Russell
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