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Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."

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




Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.




Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."

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 Quotes: "Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education."

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.




Bertrand Russell Quotes: "An Honest politician will not be tolerated by a democracy unless he is very stupid ... because only a very stupid man can honestly share the prejudices of more than half the nation."

An Honest politician will not be tolerated by a democracy unless he is very stupid ... because only a very stupid man can honestly share the prejudices of more than half the nation.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "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 a paradise in a few years."

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 a paradise in a few years.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd."

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Cruel men believe in a cruel god and use their belief to excuse their cruelty. Only kindly men believe in a kindly god, and they would be kindly in any case."

Cruel men believe in a cruel god and use their belief to excuse their cruelty. Only kindly men believe in a kindly god, and they would be kindly in any case.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Grasshopper always wrong in argument with chicken."

Grasshopper always wrong in argument with chicken.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit in which the teaching is given"

More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit in which the teaching is given




Bertrand Russell Quotes: "I believe four ingredients are necessary for happiness: health, warm personal relations, sufficient means to keep you from want, and successful work."

I believe four ingredients are necessary for happiness: health, warm personal relations, sufficient means to keep you from want, and successful work.



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

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



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

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



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

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge."

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.



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

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it."

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "You must believe that you can help bring about a better world."

You must believe that you can help bring about a better world.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power."

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 Quotes: "The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible."

The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "To understand the actual world as it is, not as we should wish it to be, is the beginning of wisdom."

To understand the actual world as it is, not as we should wish it to be, is the beginning of wisdom.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken."

Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.



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

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "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"

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Love should be a tree whose roots are deep in the earth, but whose branches extend into heaven."

Love should be a tree whose roots are deep in the earth, but whose branches extend into heaven.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "The problem with the wise is they are so filled with doubts while the dull are so certain."

The problem with the wise is they are so filled with doubts while the dull are so certain.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action."

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



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy."

Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts - the less you know the hotter you get."

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts - the less you know the hotter you get.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Belief in God and a future life makes it possible to go through life with less of stoic courage than is needed by skeptics."

Belief in God and a future life makes it possible to go through life with less of stoic courage than is needed by skeptics.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "It's coexistence or no existence."

It's coexistence or no existence.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Remember your humanity, and forget the rest."

Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Every great idea starts out as a blasphemy."

Every great idea starts out as a blasphemy.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities."

Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men."

A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "By self-interest, Man has become gregarious, but in instinct he has remained to a great extent solitary; hence the need of religion and morality to reinforce self-interest."

By self-interest, Man has become gregarious, but in instinct he has remained to a great extent solitary; hence the need of religion and morality to reinforce self-interest.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "Obviousness is always the enemy of correctness."

Obviousness is always the enemy of correctness.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "People seem good while they are oppressed, but they only wish to become oppressors in their turn: life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim."

People seem good while they are oppressed, but they only wish to become oppressors in their turn: life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "I am sometimes shocked by the blasphemies of those who think themselves pious."

I am sometimes shocked by the blasphemies of those who think themselves pious.



Bertrand Russell Quotes: "No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled en masse from their own country; how can anyone require the people of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate?"

No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled en masse from their own country; how can anyone require the people of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate?