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

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

— Bertrand Russell



Bertrand Russell Quote: “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Mathematics rightly viewed possesses not only truth but supreme beauty.”

Mathematics rightly viewed possesses not only truth but supreme beauty.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “No great achievement is possible without persistent work.”

No great achievement is possible without persistent work.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”

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


Bertrand Russell Quote: “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.”

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


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Love is wise – Hatred is foolish.”

Love is wise – Hatred is foolish.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.”

Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.”

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”

There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Mathematics is only the art of saying the same thing in different words.”

Mathematics is only the art of saying the same thing in different words.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “To understand the actual world as it is, not as we should wish it to be, is the beginning of wisdom.”

To understand the actual world as it is, not as we should wish it to be, is the beginning of wisdom.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “We must be sceptical even of our scepticism.”

We must be sceptical even of our scepticism.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “It’s coexistence or no existence.”

It’s coexistence or no existence.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “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.”

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


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I did not, however, commit suicide, because I wished to know more of mathematics.”

I did not, however, commit suicide, because I wished to know more of mathematics.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “I am not myself in any degree ashamed of having changed my opinions.”

I am not myself in any degree ashamed of having changed my opinions.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own.”

Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “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.”

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


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.”

Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.”

The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Beggars do not envy millionaires, though of course they will envy other beggars who are more successful.”

Beggars do not envy millionaires, though of course they will envy other beggars who are more successful.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “While economics is about how people make choice, sociology is about how they don’t have any choice to make.”

While economics is about how people make choice, sociology is about how they don’t have any choice to make.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Only mathematics and mathematical logic can say as little as the physicist means to say.”

Only mathematics and mathematical logic can say as little as the physicist means to say.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “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.”

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


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know.”

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people’s.”

Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people’s.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.”

The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Why repeat the old errors, if there are so many new errors to commit?”

Why repeat the old errors, if there are so many new errors to commit?

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “It seems to me a fundamental dishonesty, and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it’s useful and not because you think it’s true.”

It seems to me a fundamental dishonesty, and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it’s useful and not because you think it’s true.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Every great idea starts out as a blasphemy.”

Every great idea starts out as a blasphemy.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Organized people are just too lazy to look for things.”

Organized people are just too lazy to look for things.

— Bertrand Russell


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

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


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime.”

A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.”

One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.”

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

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “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.”

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


Bertrand Russell Quote: “The more you complain the longer God lets you live.”

The more you complain the longer God lets you live.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “One must care about a world one will not see.”

One must care about a world one will not see.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free.”

Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free.

— Bertrand Russell


Bertrand Russell Quote: “Diversity is essential to happiness and in Utopia there is hardly any. This is a defect in all planned social systems.”

Diversity is essential to happiness and in Utopia there is hardly any. This is a defect in all planned social systems.

— Bertrand Russell

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