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
Bertrand Russell "Unpopular Essays"

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs."


Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

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


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

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


Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

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


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination."


Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so."


Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Drunkenness [...] is temporary suicide."

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "The Conquest of Happiness"

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

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


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact."

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "Conquest of Happiness"

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture."

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "Philosophical Essays"

Rating: 2.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Envy is the basis of democracy."

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "Conquest of Happiness"

Rating: 4.17 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Boredom is therefore a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it."


Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell."

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "Sceptical Essays"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The life of man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach, and where none may tarry long."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

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

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "A History of Western Philosophy"

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

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


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

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

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "Marriage and Morals"

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Patriots always talk of dying for their country, and never of killing for their country."


Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

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

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "Unpopular Essays"

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"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."


Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them."


Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. "


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"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."


Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavour after a worthy manner of life."

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "Unpopular Essays"

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"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."

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "Mysticism and Logic"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Science seems to be at war with itself. Naive realism leads to physics, and physics, if true, shows naive realism to be false. Therefore naive realism, if true, is false; therefore it is false. "


Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

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

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "What I Believe"

Rating: 3.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know."


Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

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


Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education."

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "A History of Western Philosophy"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)