Bertrand Russell

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”

“The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.”

“It’s healthy now and then to hang a question mark on things you’ve long taken for granted.”


“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”

“Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.”

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”

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

“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.”