A tiny sample of Bertrand Russell (parenthesis mine)

(From Wikipedia) Bertrand Russell was a British
philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer,
social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate. Born
1872. Died 1970.


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

“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

(On education) Education should have two objects: first,
to give definite knowledge — reading and writing,
languages and mathematics, and so on; secondly, to
create those mental habits which will enable people to
acquire knowledge and form sound judgments for
themselves. The first of these we may call information,
the second intelligence. (When correctly done we can
solve bathroom gender issues quickly)

(On religion) I am myself a dissenter from all known
religions, and I hope that every kind of religious belief
will die out. (Extreme but softened by the following) I do
not believe that, on the balance, religious belief has been
a force for good. Although I am prepared to admit that in
certain times and places it has had some good effects, I
regard it as belonging to the infancy of human reason,
and to a stage of development which we are now

(On evil) The evils of the world are due to moral defects
quite as much as to lack of intelligence. But the human
race has not hitherto discovered any method of
eradicating moral defects; preaching and exhortation
only add hypocrisy to the previous list of vices.
Intelligence, on the contrary, is easily improved by
methods known to every competent educator. Therefore,
until some method of teaching virtue has been discovered,
progress will have to be sought by improvement of
intelligence rather than of morals. (Morality is the more
intelligent decision)

(On problems) One of the chief obstacles to intelligence
is credulity (Being gullible), and credulity could be
enormously diminished by instruction as to the prevalent
forms of mendacity (Telling lies). Credulity is a greater
evil in the present day than it ever was before, because,
owing to the growth of education, it is much easier than
it used to be to spread misinformation, and, owing to
democracy, the spread of misinformation is more
important than in former times to the holders of power.
It (Improvement) must be done by generating an
enlightened public opinion. And an enlightened public
opinion can only be generated by the efforts of those who
desire that it should exist. (Fighting city hall takes more
guts and determination than most have)

Bertrand must have been a person you could talk with for
hours. Whether or not we ended in agreement the exercise
would have been worth the time.

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