27 Bertrand Russell Quotes ( To Awake your Intelligence )

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

– Bertrand Russell

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

– Bertrand Russell

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

– Bertrand Russell

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The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.

– Bertrand Russell

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To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3-parts dead.

– Bertrand Russell

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

– Bertrand Russell

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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.

– Bertrand Russell

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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.

– Bertrand Russell

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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

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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

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It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

– Bertrand Russell

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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.

– Bertrand Russell

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

– Bertrand Russell

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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

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The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

– Bertrand Russell

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It’s easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you.

– Bertrand Russell

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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.

– Bertrand Russell

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Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid … Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

– Bertrand Russell

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When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think.

– 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

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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.

– Bertrand Russell

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No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.

– Bertrand Russell

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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

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

– Bertrand Russell

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My desire and wish is that the things I start with should be so obvious that you wonder why I spend my time stating them. This is what I aim at because 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

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One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.

– Bertrand Russell

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I do not pretend to be able to prove that there is no God. I equally cannot prove that Satan is a fiction. The Christian god may exist; so may the gods of Olympus, or of ancient Egypt, or of Babylon. But no one of these hypotheses is more probable than any other: they lie outside the region of even probable knowledge, and therefore there is no reason to consider any of them.

– Bertrand Russell

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