Bertrand Russell

1872 - 1970

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

What is wanted is not the will to believe but the wish to find out, which is its exact opposite.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on intelligence and praise

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on belief and logic

I am delighted to know that Principia Mathematica can now be done by machinery. . . I am quite willing to believe that anything in deductive logic can be done by machinery.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: a Letter to Herbert Simon, Nov. 2nd 1956; quoted in MacKenzie, 95

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on death, facts, and people

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

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on death, earth, fear, glory, habits, hell, men, privilege, thought, and world

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death. . . . Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on time

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The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on life

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Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: as Aunti Mame

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on doubt, intelligence, stupidity, trouble, and world

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

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on society and teaching

In a society safe and worthy to be free, teaching which produces a willingness to lead, as well as a willingness to follow, must be given to all.

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on acceptance, change, common sense, democracy, education, ignorance, insincerity, language, life, mathematics, meaning, needs, philosophy, physics, understanding, and words

The doctrine, as I understand it, consists in maintaining that the language of daily life, with words used in their ordinary meanings, suffices for philosophy, which has no need of technical terms or of changes in the significance of common terms. I find myself totally unable to accept this view. I object to it: 1.Because it is insincere; 2.Because it is capable of excusing ignorance of mathematics, physics and neurology in those who have had only a classical education; 3.Because it is advanced by some in a tone of unctuous rectitude, as if opposition to it were a sin against democracy; 4.Because it makes philosophy trivial; 5.Because it makes almost inevitable the perpetuation amongst philosophers of the muddle-headedness they have taken over from common sense.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: Portraits from Memory, Russell

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