|Bertrand Russell quotes (im bored...so sue me)
||[Feb. 6th, 2004|03:24 pm]
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
All movements go too far.
I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence.
If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.
In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this...
Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.(fuck yea thats a cool quote)
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
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.
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues
Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.
-(and THAT is why we get dictators like hitler...and bush, lol)
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.(damn strait)
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.
When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever 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.
We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.
It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it is true.
It is obvious that 'obscenity' is not a term capable of exact legal definition; in the practice of the Courts, it means 'anything that shocks the magistrate.'
wow...thats alot, but bertrand russell is cool!, lol, im a loser and noone else probably knows who he is, but he's one of the greatest fuckin minds of the century, in my opinion.