Bertrand Russell was born 18 May 1872, and died 2 February 1970
- War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
- There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
- A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
- The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
- The secret of happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible, horrible, horrible.
- It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
- And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.
- The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
- Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
- Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
- Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of happy mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.
- Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.
- The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
- Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
- I believe in using words, not fists.
Russell was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, social critic and political activist. He wrote many books, including A History of Western Philosophy. He won The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950.
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