Quotes by Bertrand Russell

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The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. 
Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
The Christian religion has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world. 
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
A marriage is likely to be called happy if neither party ever expected to get much happiness out of it.
Religion may in most of its forms be defined as the belief that the gods are on the side of the Government.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation.
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.
The important fact of the present time is not the struggle between capitalism and socialism but the struggle between industrial civilization and humanity.
Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first is unpleasant and ill-paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
The Christian view that all intercourse outside marriage is immoral was, as we see in the above passages from St. Paul, based upon the view that all sexual intercourse, even within marriage, is regrettable. A view of this sort, which goes against biological facts, can only be regarded by sane people as a morbid aberration. The fact that it is embedded in Christian ethics has made Christianity throughout its whole history a force tending towards mental disorders and unwholesome views of life.
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