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.
Contributed by: Zaady
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
Education ought to foster the wish for truth, not the conviction that some particular creed is the truth.
We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
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.
The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts - the less you know, the hotter you get.
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.
Change is one thing, progress is another. "Change" is scientific, "progress" is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.
Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
Source: W.H.Auden & L.Kronenberger (eds.)The Viking Book of Aphorisms, NY:Viking Press, 1966
We know too much and feel too little. At least we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life spring.
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