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

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

Related topics: Patriotism

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

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

 

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

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
- 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

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The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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

Liberty is the right to do what I like;
license,
the right to do what you like.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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 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.
- Bertrand Russell

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

All movements go too far.
- Bertrand Russell

Drunkenness is temporary suicide.
- 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

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

Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions,
just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.
- 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

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

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

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

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.
- 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

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

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
- 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

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

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?
- Bertrand Russell

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in
the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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

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

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

It is preoccupation with possessions,
more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
- 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 understand a name you must be acquainted with the
particular of which it is a name.
- 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

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

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.
- 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

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

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
- Bertrand Russell

There is something feeble and a little contemptible
about a man who cannot face the perils of life without
the help of comfortable myths.
- Bertrand Russell

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

Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
- 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

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


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