The Wit and Wisdom of Bertrand Russell


“All movements go too far. ”

“Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.”

“A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.”

“Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.”

“Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.”

“Boredom is… a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.”

“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.”

“It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.”

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.”

“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.”

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

From Wikipedia:

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970), was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic.

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