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Bertrand Russell Quote of the Day

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To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
- Bertrand Russell

Related topics: Wisdom

Conventional people are roused to fury
by departure from convention,
largely because they regard such departure
as a criticism of themselves.
- Bertrand Russell

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

A widespread belief is more often likely
to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell

 

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown
is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell

The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
- Bertrand Russell

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation
can be trusted to act humanely
or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
- Bertrand Russell


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Collective fear stimulates herd instinct,
and tends to produce ferocity toward
those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
- Bertrand Russell

I am firm; YOU are obstinate; HE is a pig-headed fool.
- Bertrand Russell

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and
never of killing for their country.
- Bertrand Russell

The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society,
is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
- Bertrand Russell

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life
are already three parts dead.
- Bertrand Russell

War does not determine who is right -
only who is left.
- 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

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 Russell

I've made an odd discovery.
Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that
happiness is no longer a possibility.
Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.
- Bertrand Russell

In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors,
since all men are equal, but he does not admit that
he has no social inferiors,
for, from the time of Jefferson onward,
the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards,
not downwards.
- Bertrand Russell

It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age;
but,
if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door,
and this dragon is religion.
- Bertrand Russell

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no
evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
- Bertrand Russell

Awareness of universals is called conceiving,
and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.
- Bertrand Russell

Many people would sooner die than think;
in fact,
they do so.
- Bertrand Russell

To teach how to live without certainty and yet without
being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy,
in our age, can do for those who study it.
- Bertrand Russell

Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness,
and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.
- Bertrand Russell

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence,
it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
- Bertrand Russell

In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of
the word experience have been perceived,
with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.
- Bertrand Russell

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps
the most fatal to true happiness.
- Bertrand Russell

Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking
that women have fewer teeth than men,
by the simple device of asking Mrs.
Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted.
- Bertrand Russell

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

Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men;
although he was twice married,
it never occurred to him to verify this statement by
examining his wives' mouths.
- Bertrand Russell

Italy, and the spring and first love all together should
suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.
- Bertrand Russell

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly,
are always proud of the fact.
- Bertrand Russell

Against my will, in the course of my travels,
the belief that everything worth knowing was known
at Cambridge gradually wore off.
In this respect my travels were very useful to me.
- Bertrand Russell

Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others
the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.
- Bertrand Russell

No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question.
It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing.
The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?
- Bertrand Russell

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

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with
one's knowledge of the facts.
- Bertrand Russell

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
- Bertrand Russell

The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists.
That is why they invented Hell.
- Bertrand Russell

Drunkenness is temporary suicide.
- Bertrand Russell

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.
- 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 theoretical understanding of the world,
which is the aim of philosophy, is not a matter of
great practical importance to animals,
or to savages, or even to most civilised men.
- Bertrand Russell

The coward wretch whose hand and heart Can bear to torture aught below,
Is ever first to quail and start From the slightest pain or equal foe.
- Bertrand Russell

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

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity,
to which not only the actual word, but every possible word,
must conform.
- Bertrand Russell

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
- Bertrand Russell

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something;
in the absence of good grounds for belief,
he will be satisfied with bad ones.
- Bertrand Russell

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
- Bertrand Russell

It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what
they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.
- Bertrand Russell

Democracy is the process by which people choose the
man who'll get the blame.
- Bertrand Russell

Boredom is...
a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins
of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
- Bertrand Russell

Most people would sooner die than think;
in fact,
they do so.
- Bertrand Russell

Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know
the facts are more likely to achieve good than those
who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.
- Bertrand Russell

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion,
for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
- Bertrand Russell

Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions,
just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.
- 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

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

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
- Bertrand Russell

It is the things for which there is no evidence
that are believed with passion.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting
for our wits to grow sharper.
- Bertrand Russell

I do not pretend to start with precise questions.
I do not think you can start with anything precise.
You have to achieve such precision as you can,
as you go along.
- 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

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.
- Bertrand Russell

The most savage controversies are about matters as
to which there is no good evidence either way.
- Bertrand Russell

Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one.
- Bertrand Russell

Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world
from earlier centuries is attributable to science,
which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.
- Bertrand Russell

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
- Bertrand Russell

What is wanted is not the will to believe,
but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
- Bertrand Russell

The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone,
is really, if physics is to be believed,
observing the effects of the stone upon himself.
- Bertrand Russell


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