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Bertrand Russell Quotes
Funny Quotes by Bertrand Russell

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

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


 

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

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

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


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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

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

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

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

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

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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.
- Bertrand Russell

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

A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying,
but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever
form it will is sure to be short.
- Bertrand Russell

Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position
of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter;
second,
telling other people to do so.
- Bertrand Russell

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

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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

Religions that teach brotherly love have been used
as an excuse for persecution,
and our profoundest scientific insight is made into
a means of mass destruction.
- 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

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

When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides,
a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search
for logical grounds in favour of the belief which he finds in himself.
- Bertrand Russell

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

To understand a name you must be acquainted with the
particular of which it is a name.
- Bertrand Russell

There is something feeble and a little contemptible
about a man who cannot face the perils of life without
the help of comfortable myths.
- 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

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

Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
- Bertrand Russell

It is preoccupation with possessions,
more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
- Bertrand Russell

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

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that,
but hope and enterprise and change.
- Bertrand Russell

Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood,
and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women
is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.
- Bertrand Russell

If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal
circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life
more than it has to give.
- 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

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

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

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in
the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
- Bertrand Russell

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
- 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

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

Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.
- Bertrand Russell

All movements go too far.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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

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

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

To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance
to the citizens of a democracy.
- Bertrand Russell

Liberty is the right to do what I like;
license,
the right to do what you like.
- Bertrand Russell

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

Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life
that it shall yield them any of those personal goods
that are subject to the mutations of time.
- Bertrand Russell

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

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
- Bertrand Russell


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