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The place of the father in the modern suburban ...
by Bertrand Russell

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Collective fear stimulates herd instinct,
and tends to produce ferocity toward
those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.
- Bertrand Russell

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.
- 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

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
- Bertrand Russell

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

Awareness of universals is called conceiving,
and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.
- Bertrand Russell

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

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

Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of
obstacles to the realization of desires.
- 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

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.
- 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

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.
- Bertrand Russell

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

The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man,
but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.
- 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

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

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

Drunkenness is temporary suicide.
- Bertrand Russell

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

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real,
to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
- Bertrand Russell

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

Italy, and the spring and first love all together should
suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.
- 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

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

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

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure
and the intelligent are full of doubt.
- Bertrand Russell

Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion,
but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously
to desirable rather than undesirable activities.
- 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

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

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

All movements go too far.
- 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

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

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.
- 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

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

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

To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance
to the citizens of a democracy.
- Bertrand Russell

The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that,
if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
- Bertrand Russell

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

The fundamental concept in social science is Power,
in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.
- 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

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

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.
- Bertrand Russell


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