Quotes by Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

When we perceive any object of a familiar kind, much of what appears subjectively to be immediately given is really derived from past experience.

Bertrand Russell
Writing can be either readable or precise, but not at the same time.
Bertrand Russell

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. Bertrand Russel

Bertrand Russell
The examination system, and the fact that instruction is treated mainly as a training for a livelihood, leads the young to regard knowledge from a purely utilitarian point of view as the road to money, not as the gateway to wisdom.
Bertrand Russell

As men begin to grow civilized, they cease to be satisfied with mere taboos.

Bertrand Russell
Beggars do not envy millionaires, though of course they will envy other beggars who are more successful.
Bertrand Russell

Whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.

Bertrand Russell
It is no credit to the orthodox that they do not now believe all the absurdities that were believed 150 years ago. The gradual emasculation of the Christian doctrine has been effected in spite of the most vigorous resistance, and solely as the result of the onslaughts of freethinkers.
Bertrand Russell

Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.

Bertrand Russell
On the one hand, philosophy is to keep us thinking about things that we may come to know, and on the other hand to keep us modestly aware of how much that seems like knowledge isn't knowledge