Friday 28 March 2008

Bertrand Russell: a few quotes from this great thinker..

Bertrand Arthur William Russell (b.1872 -d.1970).
A pacifist British philosopher, historian, logician, and mathematician.
An advocate of social reform.

'Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.'

'The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.'

'Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power.
Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.'

'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.'

BERTRAND RUSSELL, A History of Western Philosophy

'The most savage controversies are about those matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.'

BERTRAND RUSSELL, An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish

'The habit of looking to the future and thinking that the whole meaning of the present lies in what it will bring forth is a pernicious one.
There can be no value in the whole unless there is value in the parts.'

BERTRAND RUSSELL, Conquest of Happiness

'No nation was ever so virtuous as each believes itself, and none was ever so wicked as each believes the other.'

BERTRAND RUSSELL, Justice in War-Time

'As soon as we abandon our own reason, and are content to rely upon authority, there is no end to our troubles.'

BERTRAND RUSSELL, An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish

His logic is sincere, down to earth and logical; no superficial nonsense for him.

We could all learn from his great wisdom, humility and humanity.

Bertrand Russell's words are food for deep thought and inward looking reflection, don't you think?

Candor dat viribus alas
-Sincerity gives wings to strength

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