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Bertrand Russell Quotes

Bertrand Russell Quotes

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Bertrand Russell Quotes
“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” 
Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness 
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3-parts dead.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser men so full of doubts.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“War does not determine who is right - only who is left.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence” Bertrand Russell “Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.” 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 
“Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable  pity for the suffering of mankind.” 
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 
“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“It's easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you.” 
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, Unpopular Essays 
 
“To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.” 
Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy 
“There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.” 
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 
“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 somuch power.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” 
Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness 
“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.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else that prevents us from living freely and nobly.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people's.” 
Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society 
“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.” 
Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy 
“As a philosopher, if I were speaking to a purely philosophic audience I should say that I ought to describe myself as an Agnostic,because I do not think that there is a conclusive argument by which one can prove that there is not a God. On the other hand, if I am toconvey the right impression to the ordinary man in the street I think that I ought to say that I am an Atheist, because, when I say that I cannot prove that there is not a God, I ought to add equally that I cannot prove that there are not the Homeric gods.” 
Bertrand Russell 
“No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.” 
Bertrand Russell, On Education 
“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 
 
 A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
Bertrand Russell 
 All movements go too far.
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 
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Bertrand Russell 
Dora and I are now married, but just as happy as we were before.
Bertrand Russell 
 Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.
Bertrand Russell 
Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.
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 
I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 

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