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Bertrand Russell quotes

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.

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

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

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.

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.

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

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

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.