Bertrand Russell

1872 - 1970

A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on education, facts, freedom, intelligence, obstacles, paradox, and thought

We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on belief, facts, and wishes

Never let yourself be diverted either by what you would wish to believe or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. Look only at . . . the facts.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on emotion, facts, and knowledge

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts - the less you know, the hotter you get.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on certainty, evil, facts, feeling, and people

Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on beginning, cruelty, fear, life, superstition, truth, and wisdom

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavor after a worthy manner of life.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on agreement and progress

A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to philosophers to be obviously progress - though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell

4. Form The "form" of a proposition is that, in it, which remains unchanged when every constituent of the proposition is replaced by another.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Chapter XVIII of Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy, Russell

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on birth, control, life, principles, and war

Those who in principle oppose birth control are either incapable of arithmetic or else in favour of war, pestilence and famine as permanent features of human life.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Calculus required continuity, and continuity was supposed to require the infinitely little; but nobody could discover what the infinitely little might be.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on madness and sanity

Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.

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