I believe in using words, not fists. The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice. Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination. No nation was ever so virtuous as each believes itself, and none was ever so wicked as each believes the other. It is much more nearly certain that we are assembled here tonight than it is that this or that political party is in the right. Be the first to learn about new releases! Truth, shining, goddess, veiled, distant, never, wholly, approachable, worthy, Tags: I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.”, “When men assimilate themselves to machines and value only the consequences of their work, not the work itself, style disappears, to be replaced by something which to the mechanised man appears more natural, though in fact is only more brutal.”, “A man without a bias cannot write interesting history.”, “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin – more even than death.”, “There is no reason to suppose that the world had a beginning at all. “On Education”, p.50, Routledge, There is a mistake in the text of this quote. 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. In these words he epitomized the history of the human race. Boredom, a certain kind of boredom, is really impatience. But between theology and science there is a No Man’s Land, exposed to attack by both sides; this No Man’s Land is philosophy.”, “I cannot believe — and I say this with all the emphasis of which I am capable — that there can ever be any good excuse for refusing to face the evidence in favour of something unwelcome. Men are born ignorant, not stupid. One of the most powerful of all our passions is the desire to be admired and respected. “I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. truth, shining, goddess, veiled, distant, never, wholly, approachable, worthy. In 1950, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. I believe in good food. It is not by delusion, however exalted, that mankind can prosper, but only by unswerving courage in the pursuit of truth.”, “In democratic countries, the most important private organizations are economic. I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. The object of morals is not to make people happy. That is why they invented Hell. The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. stupidity, fundamental, cause, trouble, modern, world, stupid, cocksure, while. Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power. The Infliction Of Cruelty With A Good Conscience Is A Delight To Moralists. Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith. Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it? Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives. There is no logically necessary connection between events at different times; therefore nothing that is happening now or will happen in the future can disprove the hypothesis that the world began five minutes ago.”, “To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.”, “Most people would die sooner than think — in fact they do so.”, “Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one. The next step is to fascinate fools and muzzle the intelligent, by emotional excitement on the one hand and terrorism on the other. “Unpopular Essays”, p.106, Routledge, Bertrand Russell (2009). Share with your friends. Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. BERTRAND RUSSELL, An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”, “It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.”. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death.”, “No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.”, “It’s easy to fall in love. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment. Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear. 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. Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attibutable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century. true, function, logic, applied, matters, experience, analytic, constructive, taken. Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. The hard part is finding someone to catch you.”, “Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision. Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. The true function of logic ... as applied to matters of experience ... is analytic rather than constructive; taken a priori, it shows the possibility of hitherto unsuspected alternatives more often than the impossibility of alternatives which seemed prima facie possible. The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge. So far as I can remember there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence. Everything else is transitory, the most time is spent in conversation. This is what I aim at because the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.”, “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin, more even than death. 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. I believe in sex. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite. Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. All I wanted to do, was to express my feeling of high admiration of you. The first step in a fascist movement is the combination under an energetic leader of a number of men who possess more than the average share of leisure, brutality, and stupidity. War has the same merit. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.”, “Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears, is painful, but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales.”, “Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power.”, “Whatever we know without inference is mental.”, “Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.”, “Humankind has become so much one family that we cannot ensure our own prosperity except by ensuring that of everyone else. They are made stupid by education. Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.”, “Patriots always talk of dying for their country, and never of killing for their country.”, “The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.”, “Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.”, “The total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.”, “We love those who hate our enemies, and if we had no enemies there would be very few people whom we should love.”, “Politics is concerned with herds rather than with individuals, and the passions which are important in politics are, therefore, those in which the various members of a given herd can feel alike.”, “Machines are worshiped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery.”, “A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says is never accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something that he can understand.”, “It is normal to hate what we fear, and it happens frequently, though not always, that we fear what we hate.”, “To endure uncertainty is difficult, but so are most of the other virtues.”, “Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.”, “Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.”, “The secret of happiness is this: let your interest be as wide as possible and let your reactions to the things and persons who interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.”, “Dogmatism is the greatest of mental obstacles to human happiness.”, “Love can flourish only as long as it is free and spontaneous; it tends to be killed by the thought of duty.