Bertrand Russell Quotes on People (11 Quotes)


    The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts.

    Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.

    A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation.

    Most people would rather die than think in fact, they do so.

    Dread of disaster makes everybody act in the very way that increases the disaster. Psychologically the situation is analogous to that of people trampled to death when there is a panic in a theatre caused by a cry of Fire'


    To modern educated people, it seems obvious that matters of fact are to be ascertained by observation, not by consulting ancient authorities. But this is an entirely modern conception, which hardly existed before the seventeenth century.

    Most political leaders acquire their position by causing large numbers of people to believe that these leaders are actuated by altruistic desires

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

    If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.

    I believe in using words, not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex.

    Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.


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