Bertrand Russell quotes
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.
Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
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
Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.
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.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
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It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
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.
We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power.
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.