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Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell was a British mathematician, philosopher and logician.
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I've always thought respectable people scoundrels, and I look anxiously at my face every morning for signs of my becoming a scoundrel.

Bertrand Russell

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.

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

Change is scientific, progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.

Bertrand Russell

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

Bertrand Russell

Obscenity is what happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.

Bertrand Russell

Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so.

Bertrand Russell

What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer.

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

Whereas in art nothing worth doing can be done without genius, in science even a very moderate capacity can contribute to a supreme achievement.

Bertrand Russell

Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man.

Bertrand Russell

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

Bertrand Russell

Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.

Bertrand Russell

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

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

It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.

Bertrand Russell

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

Bertrand Russell

The wise man thinks about his troubles only when there is some purpose in doing so; at other times he thinks about others things.

Bertrand Russell

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

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

The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.

Bertrand Russell

We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power.

Bertrand Russell

In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.

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

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.

Bertrand Russell
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