Ramble. Focus. Ramble.

Why that love for Bertrand Russell.

  • A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
  • All movements go too far.
  • I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
  • Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
  • Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man.
  • Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
  • Too little liberty brings stagnation and too much brings chaos.
  • When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others. It is much more nearly certain that we are assembled here tonight than it is that this or that political party is in the right. Certainly there are degrees of certainty, and one should be very careful to emphasize that fact, because otherwise one is landed in an utter skepticism, and complete skepticism would, of course, be totally barren and completely useless.
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This entry was posted on May 24, 2011 by in Philosophy and tagged .
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