Bertrand Russell

(Bertrand Arthur William Russell | 3rd Earl of Kingston)

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
  • Born: May 18, 1872
  • Died: February 2, 1970
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Philosopher

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Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM FRS was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate. At various points in his life, Russell considered himself a liberal, a socialist and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had "never been any of these things, in any profound sense." Russell was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in the United Kingdom.

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… contact with those who have no doubts has intensified a thousandfold my own doubts, not as to Communism in itself, but as to the wisdom of holding a creed so firmly that for its sake men are willing to inflict widespread misery. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
… in history, so many circumstances of a small and accidental nature are relevant, that no broad and simple uniformities are possible. History
… mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
A democrat need not believe that the majority will always reach a wise decision. He should however believe in the necessity of accepting the decision of the majority, be it wise or unwise, until such a time that the majority reaches another decision. Democracies & Republics
a handbook for gangsters Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
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. Freedom & Liberty
Among human beings, the subjection of women is much more complete at a certain level of civilization than it is among savages. And the subjection is always reinforced by morality. Discrimination & Prejudice
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. Human Nature
Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you. Freedom & Liberty
Envy is the basis of democracy. Democracies & Republics
Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken. Management & Managing Government
Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day. Human Nature
Fanaticism is the danger of the world, and always has been, and has done untold harm. I might almost say that I was fanatical against fanaticism. Human Nature
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Human Nature
Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found. Human Nature
Humankind has become so much one family that we cannot ensure our own prosperity except by ensuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy. Miscellaneous
I am writing to you to tell you of my decision to return to your Government the Carl von Ossietzsky medal for peace. I do so reluctantly and after two years of private approaches on behalf of Heinz Brandt, whose continued imprisonment is a barrier to coexistence, relaxation of tension and understanding between East and West... I regret not to have heard from you on this subject. I hope that you will yet find it possible to release Brandt through an amnesty which would be a boon to the cause of peace and to your country. Riots ;Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
I cannot escape from the conclusion that the great ages of progress have depended upon a small number of individuals of transcendent ability. Development & Growth
I dislike Communism because it is undemocratic, and capitalism because it favors exploitation. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Capitalism
I don't like the spirit of socialism – I think freedom is the basis of everything. Freedom & Liberty
I think if I had met him [Lenin] without knowing who he was, I should not have guessed that he was a great man; he struck me as too opinionated and narrowly orthodox. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is mass psychology. . . . Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I think this ... will demand, as a minimum condition, the establishment of a world State and the subsequent institution of a world-wide system of education designed to produce loyalty to the world State. No doubt such a system of education will entail, at any rate for a century or two, certain crudities which will militate against the development of the individual. But if the alternative is chaos and the death of civilization, the price will be worth paying. United Nations
I wish to propose for the reader's favorable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe in a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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 with his instincts, he will accept it even on the slenderest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way. Human Nature
In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors. Equality & Equal Opportunity
In the name of national security, the Commission’s hearings were held in secret, thereby continuing the policy which has marked the entire course of the case. This prompts my second question: If, as we are told, Oswald was the lone assassin, where is the issue of national security? Indeed, precisely the same question must be put here as was posed in France during the Dreyfus case: If the Government is so certain of its case, why has it conducted all its inquiries in the strictest secrecy? Secrecy & Transparency
It is entirely clear that there is only one way in which great wars can be permanently prevented, and that is the establishment of an international government with a monopoly of serious armed force. War & Peace
It is likely that America will be more important during the next century or two, but after that it may well be the turn of China. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It is normal to hate what we fear, and it happens frequently, though not always, that we fear what we hate. I think it may be taken as the rule among primitive men, that they both fear and hate whatever is unfamiliar. Human Nature
It is obvious that "obscenity" is not a term capable of exact legal definition; in the practice of the Courts, it means "anything that shocks the magistrate. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it is true. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It takes time and effort and preparation to think. Statesmen are far too busy making speeches to think. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatists to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
My whole religion is this: do every duty, and expect no reward for it, either here or hereafter. Religion & God
Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power. Power ;Parks & Recreation
Nine-tenths of the activities of a modern Government are harmful; therefore the worse they are performed, the better. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No man who believes that all is for the best in this suffering world can keep his ethical values unimpaired, since he is always having to find excuses for pain and misery. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it. Religion & God
One who believes as I do, that free intellect is the chief engine of human progress, cannot but be fundamentally opposed to Bolshevism as much as to the Church of Rome. The hopes which inspire communism are, in the main, as admirable as those instilled by the Sermon on the Mount, but they are held as fanatically and are as likely to do as much harm. Freedom & Liberty
Our world has sprouted a weird concept of security and a warped sense of morality. Weapons are sheltered like treasures and children are exposed to incineration Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Patriots always talk of dying for their country, and never of killing for their country. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Power may be defined as the production of intended effects Power
Power, like vanity, is insatiable. Nothing short of omnipotence could satisfy it completely. And as it is especially the vice of energetic men, the causal efficacy of love of power is out of all proportion to its frequency. It is, indeed, by far the strongest motive in the lives of important men. Love of power is greatly increased by the experience of power, and this applies to petty power as well as to that of potentates. Power
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. Power ;History ;Religion & God
Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know. Miscellaneous
The Chinese are a great nation, incapable of permanent suppression by foreigners. They will not consent to adopt our vices in order to acquire military strength; but they are willing to adopt our virtues in order to advance in wisdom. I think they are the only people in the world who quite genuinely believe that wisdom is more precious than rubies. That is why the West regards them as uncivilized. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world. Religion & God
The collection of prejudices which is called political philosophy is useful provided that it is not called philosophy. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The fact that a belief has a good moral effect upon a man is no evidence whatsoever in favor of its truth. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd. Public Opinion & Polling
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. Human Nature
The governors of the world believe, and have always believed, that virtue can only be taught by teaching falsehood, and that any man who knew the truth would be wicked. Propaganda & Disinformation
The idea that the poor should have leisure has always been shocking to the rich. Poverty
The idea that the poor should have leisure has always been shocking to the rich. Poverty
The industrial revolution caused unspeakable misery both in England and in America … In the Lancashire cotton mills (from which Marx and Engels derived their livelihood), children worked from 12 to 16 hours a day; they often began working at the age of six or seven. Children had to be beaten to keep them from falling asleep while at work; in spite of this, many failed to keep awake and were mutilated or killed. Parents had to submit to the infliction of these atrocities upon their children, because they themselves were in a desperate plight. Craftsmen had been thrown out of work by the machines; rural labourers were compelled to migrate to the towns by the Enclosure Acts, which used Parliament to make landowners richer by making peasants destitute; trade unions were illegal until 1824; the government employed agents provocateurs to try to get revolutionary sentiments out of wage-earners, who were then deported or hanged. Such was the first effect of machinery in England. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history. History ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The most essential characteristic of scientific technique is that it proceeds from experiment, not from tradition. The experimental habit of mind is a difficult one for most people to maintain; indeed, the science of one generation has already become the tradition of the next... Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder’s lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately. Human Nature ;Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The peculiar importance attached, at present, to adultery is quite irrational... Moral rules ought not to be such as to make instinctive happiness impossible Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The Press is such as the public demands, and the public demands bad newspapers because it has been badly educated. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The State is a collection of officials, different for difference purposes, drawing comfortable incomes so long as the status quo is preserved. The only alteration they are likely to desire in the status quo is an increase of bureaucracy and the power of bureaucrats. Bureaucracy
The thing I have learned this year is that any improvement in the great mass of women is only possible through socialism… Equality & Equal Opportunity
The typical Westerner wishes to be the cause of as many changes as possible in his environment; the typical Chinaman wishes to enjoy as much and as delicately as possible. Human Nature
There are those who blame the Press, but in this I think they are mistaken. The Press is such as the public demands, and the public demands bad newspapers because it has been badly educated. Media, Journalism & The Press
This idea of weapons of mass extermination is utterly horrible and is something which no one with one spark of humanity can tolerate. I will not pretend to obey a government which is organizing a mass massacre of mankind. Military & Veterans
To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy. Democracies & Republics ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Two men who differ as to the ends of life cannot hope to agree about education. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We all have a tendency to think that the world must conform to our prejudices. Human Nature
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. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
What is new in our time is the increased power of the authorities to enforce their prejudices. Power
When I say that children should be told about sex, I do not mean that they should be told only the bare physiological facts; they should be told whatever they wish to know. There should be no attempt to represent adults as more virtuous than they are, or sex as occurring only in marriage. There is no excuse for deceiving children. And when, as must happen in conventional families, they find that their parents have lied, they lose confidence in them, and feel justified in lying to them. Families, Children & Parenting
While it is true that science cannot decide questions of value, that is because they cannot be intellectually decided at all, and lie outside the realm of truth and falsehood. Whatever knowledge is attainable, must be attained by scientific methods; and what science cannot discover, mankind cannot know. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short. Life
A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known.
A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is. Time
Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age. Power
Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me. Respect
All movements go too far.
Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Anything you're good at contributes to happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted. Women
Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths. Women
Awareness of universals is called conceiving, and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.
Boredom is... a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. Time
Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race. Happiness & Unhappiness
Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.
Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.
Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Drunkenness is temporary suicide.
Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Every philosophical problem, when it is subjected to the necessary analysis and justification, is found either to be not really philosophical at all, or else to be, in the sense in which we are using the word, logical.
Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery. Hope
Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time. Life ;Time ;Freedom & Liberty
Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires. Freedom & Liberty
Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. Government ;Freedom & Liberty
I believe in using words, not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex. Time ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I do not pretend to start with precise questions. I do not think you can start with anything precise. You have to achieve such precision as you can, as you go along.
I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe - because, like Spinoza's God, it won't love us in return. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy.
I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world. Religion & God
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 would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. Humor
If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness
If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all.
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. Happiness & Unhappiness
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 America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards. Time ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word experience have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.
Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. Life
It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion. Religion & God
It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.
Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite. Time ;Nature ;Happiness & Unhappiness
Liberty is the right to do what I like; license, the right to do what you like.
Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim. Life
Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Women
Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery. Power
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. Hope ;Happiness & Unhappiness
Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution. Women ;Families, Children & Parenting
Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Power
Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
No – we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.
Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Happiness & Unhappiness
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. Respect
Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions, just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. Citizenship & Patriotism
Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one.
Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines. Religion & God ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities.
Sin is geographical.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
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 degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.
The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics. Power ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them. Society ;Families, Children & Parenting
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.
The man who can centre his thoughts and hopes upon something transcending self can find a certain peace in the ordinary troubles of life, which is impossible to the pure egoist. Life ;War & Peace
The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.
The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf. Families, Children & Parenting
The pleasure of work is open to anyone who can develop some specialised skill, provided that he can get satisfaction from the exercise of his skill without demanding universal applause. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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.
The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile. Happiness & Unhappiness
The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible. Happiness & Unhappiness
The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour. Time ;Death
The theoretical understanding of the world, which is the aim of philosophy, is not a matter of great practical importance to animals, or to savages, or even to most civilised men.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Time
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry. Literature, Writers & Writing
The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
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. Respect
There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Life
Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.
Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.
To understand a name you must be acquainted with the particular of which it is a name.
War does not determine who is right - only who is left. War & Peace
We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Freedom & Liberty
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favour of the belief which he finds in himself.
Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.
Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. Work, Workers & The Labor Force