Search my Quotes DataBase - Enter one or two keywords and/or author last name.

Hint: keep it simple, like life twain




Facebook share   Tweet This   Email this

Daily Inspiration - Quotes to Live By
Inspiration  |  Motivational Articles  |  Being Strong  |  Being Positive  |  Links  |  About
Topics:   A-   B-   Ca-   Co-   D-   E-   F-   G-   H-    I-    J-K-L   M-   N-O   Pa-   Pr-   Q-R   Sa-   Sk-   T-   U-V-W-X-Y-Z

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation
by Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology Positive Fear Political

A widespread belief is more often likely
to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell

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

Conventional people are roused to fury
by departure from convention,
largely because they regard such departure
as a criticism of themselves.
- Bertrand Russell

 

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
- Bertrand Russell

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- 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

Please sign-up for my Free Inspirational Daily Email on the form below.

Sign-up for your free subscription to my Daily Inspiration - Daily Quote email.

Your E-Mail Address:
Your Name:

To confirm your subscription, you must click on a link in the email being sent to you.

Each email contains an unsubscribe link. We will NEVER sell, rent, loan, or abuse your email address in ANY way.


The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
- Bertrand Russell

I am firm; YOU are obstinate; HE is a pig-headed fool.
- Bertrand Russell

The whole problem with the world is that
fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves,
but wiser people so full of doubts.
- Bertrand Russell

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one,
particularly if he plays golf.
- Bertrand Russell

The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society,
is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
- Bertrand Russell

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

It is the things for which there is no evidence
that are believed with passion.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
- Bertrand Russell

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and
never of killing for their country.
- Bertrand Russell

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

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with
one's knowledge of the facts.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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.
- Bertrand Russell

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

It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what
they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.
- Bertrand Russell

Democracy is the process by which people choose the
man who'll get the blame.
- Bertrand Russell

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity,
to which not only the actual word, but every possible word,
must conform.
- Bertrand Russell

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly,
are always proud of the fact.
- Bertrand Russell

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that,
but hope and enterprise and change.
- Bertrand Russell

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

Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness,
and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.
- Bertrand Russell

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps
the most fatal to true happiness.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one.
- 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

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.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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.
- Bertrand Russell

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
- Bertrand Russell

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

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting
for our wits to grow sharper.
- Bertrand Russell

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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

All movements go too far.
- Bertrand Russell

Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world
from earlier centuries is attributable to science,
which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.
- Bertrand Russell

Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs
up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
- Bertrand Russell

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

Many people would sooner die than think;
in fact,
they do so.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

The most savage controversies are about matters as
to which there is no good evidence either way.
- Bertrand Russell

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life,
for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

Indignation is a submission of our thoughts,
but not of our desires.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- 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

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

Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others
the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.
- Bertrand Russell

Most people would sooner die than think;
in fact,
they do so.
- Bertrand Russell

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary
language in our private thoughts is one of the main
obstacles to progress in philosophy.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

To understand a name you must be acquainted with the
particular of which it is a name.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- Bertrand Russell

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


Quotes and Sayings

---------


Thank you for visiting: Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation by Bertrand Russell.

Please sign up on the form below to receive
my Free Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes email.

You can also search my large collection of Quotes and Sayings.

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 


Sign-up to receive Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes
free via email

Daily inspirational quotes and motivational messages of self-worth, choice,
positive attitude, happiness, forgiveness, and gratitude.
Inspiring motivational sayings plus Jonathan's insights into life,
relationships, and joyful living.

Enter Your E-Mail Address:
Enter Your Name (what you want to be called):
To confirm your subscription, you must click on a link in the email being sent to you.
Each email contains an unsubscribe link. We will NEVER sell, rent, loan, or abuse your email address in ANY way.

Or Subscribe to the Feedburner feed for Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes.



All materials & writings are copyright ©. You may read about our disclaimer, our privacy policy, our copyright policy, terms of use, participation in affiliate programs, and the list of all our websites.