viernes, 13 de agosto de 2010

Bertrand Russell

I've always admired Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) so here are some of my favourite quotes of his (pretty sure that's not how you say it)

  • Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
  • Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.
  • Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
  • The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.
  • Sin is geographical.
  • The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.
  • Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
  • Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
  • There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
  • To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
  • War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
  • Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
  • The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy - I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
  • The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
  • Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
  • There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.

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