Bertrand Russell

1872 - 1970

A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on desires, progress, reform, understanding, and world

The desire to understand the world and the desire to reform it are the two great engines of progress.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Marriage and Morals.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on education, men, and stupidity

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

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on conviction, education, truth, and wishes

Education ought to foster the wish for truth, not the conviction that some particular creed is the truth.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 change, controversy, ethics, progress, and science

Change is one thing, progress is another. "Change" is scientific, "progress" is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on facts, men, sleep, and unhappiness

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: W.H.Auden & L.Kronenberger (eds.)The Viking Book of Aphorisms, NY:Viking Press, 1966

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on creativity, emotion, good, and life

We know too much and feel too little. At least we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life spring.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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