Bertrand Russell


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  • ''Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. Unpopular Essays, "An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish," (1950).
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  • ''A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress—though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. A Free Man's Worship and Other Essays, ch. 2 (1976).
  • ''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.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. A Free Man's Worship and Other Essays, ch. 1 (1976).
  • ''When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favour of the belief which he finds in himself.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. A Free Man's Worship and Other Essays, ch. 2 (1976).
  • ''Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. A Free Man's Worship and Other Essays, ch. 2 (1976).
  • ''Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. A Free Man's Worship and Other Essays, ch. 6 (1976).
  • ''The theoretical understanding of the world, which is the aim of philosophy, is not a matter of great practical importance to animals, or to savages, or even to most civilised men.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. A Free Man's Worship and Other Essays, ch. 1 (1976).
  • ''Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. A Free Man's Worship and Other Essays, ch. 2 (1976).
  • ''Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. A Free Man's Worship and Other Essays, ch. 1 (1976).
  • ''Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time.''
    Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician. A Free Man's Worship and Other Essays, ch. 1 (1976).

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