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21 Profound Philosophical Quotes from Bertrand Russell





1. “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

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

3. “Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.” 
― Bertrand Russell

4. “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

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


6. “The secret of happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible, horrible, horrible.” 
― Betrand Russell



7. “Really high-minded people are indifferent to happiness, especially other people's.” 
― Bertrand Russell


8. “[T]he infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.” 
― Bertrand Russell


9. “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


10. “The secret of happiness is this: let your interest be as wide as possible and let your reactions to the things and persons who interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile. ” 
― Bertrand Russell



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


12. “Love is wise; hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like. We can only live together in that way. But if we are to live together, and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.” 
― Bertrand Russell


13. “If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.” 
― Bertrand Russell


14. “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


15. “Patience and boredom are closely related. Boredom, a certain kind of boredom, is really impatience. You don't like the way things are, they aren't interesting enough for you, so you decide- and boredom is a decision-that you are bored.” 
― bertrand Russell


16. “A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.” 
― Bertrand Russell


17. “In America, everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards.” 
― Bertrand Russell


18. “To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present, very few people have reached this level.” 
― Bertrand Russell


19. “a generation that cannot endure boredom will be a generation of little men, of men unduly divorced from the slow process of nature, of men in whom every vital impulse slowly withers as though they were cut flowers in a vase.” 
― Bertrand Russell


20. “Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.” 
― Bertrand Russell


21. “We love our habits more than our income, often more than our life.” 
― Bertrand Russell
21 Profound Philosophical Quotes from Bertrand Russell 21 Profound Philosophical Quotes from Bertrand Russell Reviewed by Tyler on December 08, 2018 Rating: 5

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