The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

โ€” Bertrand Russell

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The first step in a fascist movement is the combination under an energetic leader of a number of men who possess more than the average share of leisure, brutality, and stupidity. The next step is to fascinate fools and muzzle the intelligent, by emotional excitement on the one hand and terrorism on the other.

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Religion is based ... mainly upon fear ... fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.

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The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. What the Good Life Really Means?

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Bertrand Russell quote Anything you're good at contributes to h

Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.

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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.

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

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Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty.

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

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Bertrand Russell quote A stupid man's report of what clever man

A stupid man's report of what clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

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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.

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Science does not aim at establishing immutable truths and eternal dogmas;

its aim is to approach the truth by successive approximations, without claiming that at any stage final and complete accuracy has been achieved.

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War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

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Bertrand Russell quote Man is a credulous animal, and must beli

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.

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

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

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When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. Thatโ€™s if you want to teach them to think.

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Bertrand Russell quote The trouble with the world is the stupid

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

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About Bertrand Russell

Quotes 1131 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Philosopher
Birthday May 18, 1872

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

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Grasshopper always wrong in argument with chicken.

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

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

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

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There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

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

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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

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Bolshevism is to be reckoned with Mohammedanism rather than with Christianity and Buddhism. Christianity and Buddhism are primarily personal religions, with mystical doctrines and a love of contemplation. Mohammedanism and Bolshevism are practical, social, unspiritual, concerned to win the empire of the world.

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We call a man irrational when he acts in a passion, when he cuts off his nose to spite his face.

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Gradually, by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organized insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.

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The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.

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

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Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.

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To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

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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.

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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.

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It's coexistence or no existence.

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

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One of the most interesting and harmful delusions to which men and nations can be subjected is that of imagining themselves special instruments of the Divine Will.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Every great idea starts out as a blasphemy.

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