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.

Bertrand Russell

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

Bertrand Russell

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

Bertrand Russell

Civilized people cannot fully satisfy their sexual instinct without love

Bertrand Russell

There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less.

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

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

Bertrand Russell

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

Bertrand Russell

To teach how to live with uncertainty, yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy can do

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

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

The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.

Bertrand Russell

What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life

Bertrand Russell

The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we want in the moment

Bertrand Russell

The examination system, and the fact that instruction is treated mainly as a training for a livelihood, leads the young to regard knowledge from a purely utilitarian point of view as the road to money, not as the gateway to wisdom.

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
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