Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavour after a worthy manner of life.

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: British

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We love those who hate our enemies, and if we had no enemies there would be very few people whom we should love.

Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendor of their own.

Machines deprive us of two things which are certainly important ingredients of human happiness, namely, spontaneity and variety.

Science can teach us, and I think our hearts can teach us, no longer to look around for imaginary supporters, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look to our own efforts here below to make the world a fit place to live.

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 widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realize the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.

I consider the official Catholic attitude on divorce, birth control, and censorship exceedingly dangerous to mankind.

From childish fear springs the desire to externalise the ego.

The mind of the most rational among us may be compared to a stormy ocean of passionate convictions based on desire, upon which float perilously a few tiny boats carrying a cargo of scientifically tested beliefs.

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts.

We do not like to be robbed of an enemy; we want someone to hate when we suffer. It is so depressing to think that we suffer because we are fools; yet, taking mankind in the mass, that is the truth.

Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.

The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.

The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.