Some great Bertrand Russell quotes

Bertrand Russell was a wonderful British philosopher who was quite a character.Β  So many of his views are so pertinent for these times. Here’s a few of his great quotes:
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.
I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.
The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
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.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

24 thoughts on “Some great Bertrand Russell quotes

  1. Namaste Opher πŸ™‚

    Succinct, poignant, and profound. I couldn’t agree more or argue against any of these perspectives.

    β€œTruth is transcendent. There are many expressions of it and ways to glimpse it. We cannot hold it in our clenched fist, but must hold it in our open palm and invite others to see it for themselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi

    Namaste πŸ™‚


      1. It’s a meditation in itself πŸ™‚ ‘Tis why he was known as The Great Soul.

        One instinctively – intuitively – knows when something is right and why quite possibly so many feel such fear, anxiety, upset, disquiet and dis-ease with the tumultuous state of the world. The truth is out there for all to see – people just need to open their eyes to see it!

        Namaste πŸ™‚


      2. Yes indeed Opher, ‘if one is tuned-in’. Personally I get the feeling that human-kind will have no other choice than to be tuned-in. Evolution is an unstoppable force of nature: Mother Earth wants her children to ‘grow’ and succeed! πŸ™‚

        Namaste πŸ™‚


      3. Perhaps you are right Opher – who knows what the future of human-kind will be. One might even go so far as to ask what purpose do we actually serve anyway in the grand scheme of things?

        But I would like to hope that human-beings will rise from shadow to become far more than we are: that there is a need for our species and human-kind have an essential part to play. If not then what indeed are we striving to achieve?

        Namaste πŸ™‚


      4. I think we are on a cusp here. It could go either way. Either we develop a more compassionate world and started dealing with nature and people intelligently and fairly or we continue the greed, selfishness, nastiness and arrogance. The trolls on this site demonstrate that.

      5. I agree Opher, human-kind has arrived at a fork in the road. We’ve two distinct choices: either continue to stumble, tumble, totter and fall in total disarray knowing only of discord and disharmony along the same old tired path or bravely choose the alternative route and venture into the unknown as a cohesive, united, undifferentiated and harmonic collective. My feeling is that the first path is circular and will keep returning us to the same starting-point over and over again, whilst the second path has potential to lead us to an altogether different future.

        Sadly whilst greed, selfishness, ignorance, arrogance, wealth acquisition and materiality define the choices of those who ‘lead’ us, we will never know where the second path could take us. Undoubtedly the first path is littered with fool’s gold and there only to guild and blind us whilst the second path is awash with Love and there to wholly build and bind us.

        Namaste πŸ™‚


      6. Dewin – that about sums it up. I grew up in the 60s, a time of great optimism. A lot of the youth had woken up to the greed and selfishness, were looking for things that were more honest and meaningful and tried to set off on a much better path. Unfortunately it didn’t work – or wasn’t allowed to work. People forgot, dropped back in and we went round and round the same old destructive path of empty greed.

      7. Namaste Opher πŸ™‚

        Empty greed, selfishness, ignorance, arrogance, lies and deception are the myopic ideals forcibly promoted by the Establishment: they know no other way of being.

        The contemporary β€˜world’ as the vast majority of people perceive it remains a distortion of reality, it is a farce, an inversion of the truth – a simulated matrix artificially constructed to limit human potential so as to maintain the established order.

        ‘Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.’ (Michael Ellner)

        Namaste πŸ™‚


      8. What a great quote that is Dewin. It is so true to. The establishment just looks after its own narrow interests – selfishly accruing wealth and power. What an empty and negative vision. What a destructive, selfish way of life.
        But not everybody thinks like that. There is a spark of hope that needs nurturing into a flame.

      9. Namaste Opher πŸ™‚

        ‘Tis a great quote now widely distributed on-line but I first saw it whilst watching a series of ‘lectures’ by David Icke on DVD, ‘Human Race Get Off Your Knees: The Lion Sleeps No More!’ which I’d thoroughly recommend to anyone (everyone!) who has a very open mind and time to soak up all he discusses in 7 hours of presentation. He offers a bewildering, intense, information rich, poignant, pertinent, and profoundly influencing commentary/guide to the global conspiracy affecting us all. A must watch! (1 – YouTube)

        The more oxygen that is given to that spark the quicker it will flame! It is therefore essential that people air and share their words – the more information people have the better they are able to discern the truth for themselves.

        Catch ya later alligator. Namaste πŸ™‚


        (1) – Full Lecture (
        (2) – Or to buy (

      10. I hope you will find time – or make time – to watch the presentation shown on the YouTube link provided. This lecture has been broken-up into sections elsewhere on YouTube but I’d recommend watching it end-to-end (albeit with a break or good night’s sleep in between sittings to digest and reflect upon the content πŸ™‚ )

        It was some years ago I first saw this and it blew me away! He’s been doing his thing for nearly 20 years and whereas once he talked to very small audiences he now fills international arenas and does world tours, which surely suggests there is far more to his words than he was ever previously given credit for. It also suggests many thousands more people are interested in what he says. I find that tremendously encouraging!

        Yes indeed, ‘Feed the Spark, Fan the Flame!’ which makes for a great slogan don’t you think! πŸ™‚

        Enjoy your afternoon/evening.

        Namaste πŸ™‚


      11. I will find time – but it may take a while! I’m up to my eyes in editing two books and then the Roy Harper. Not enough hours in the day.
        Looking after grandchildren next week. Feed the spark – fan the flames!! A great slogan.

      12. I know you are busy, busy Opher but lovin’ every minute of it! πŸ™‚ In mentioning the Harper book, I’ve had a thought about it and will email tomorrow at some point.

        Having the grandkids over will energise you and perhaps give you a small break from writing for a day or two. Might freshen your eye πŸ™‚

        Keep smiling. Be cool 😎

        Namaste πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ Just seen it in the email in-box. I’ll give it a read over the next few days, although I’m away from the desk over a long-weekend. Will report back with a few comments by email πŸ™‚ Well done for getting it done so quick…you can sleep now!

      I’ll also email my thought on RH tomorrow before I head off.

      Namaste πŸ™‚


      1. Good grief, you are like a self-perpetuating machine! πŸ™‚

        Sure, no problemo, I’ll jot down some thoughts and pass them back to you.

        Namaste 😎


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