Bertrand Russell
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

Human life, its growth, its hopes, fears, loves, et cetera, are results of accidents.

- Bertrand Russell

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In America, everbody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors.

- Bertrand Russell

The average man's opinions are much less foolish than they would be if he thought for himself.

- Bertrand Russell

It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.

- Bertrand Russell

We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side; one which we preach but do not practise, and another which we practise but seldom preach.

- Bertrand Russell

Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to become honest than a clever man and our politicians take advantage of this by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.

- Bertrand Russell

The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists - that is why they invented hell.

- Bertrand Russell

Man is a credulous animal and must believe something. In the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.

- Bertrand Russell

There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it, the other that you can boast about it.

- Bertrand Russell

There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.

- Bertrand Russell

Obscenity is what happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.

- Bertrand Russell

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The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatsoever that it is not utterly absurd. Indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.

- Bertrand Russell

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

- Bertrand Russell

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

- Bertrand Russell

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.

- Bertrand Russell