author of Marriage and Morals

« I do not think that the real reason why people accept religion is anything to do with argumentation. They accept religion on emotional grounds. One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it. »

(Bertrand Russell / 1872 1970 / Why I am not a Christian)

« If I were granted omnipotence, and millions of years to experiment in, I should not think Man much to boast of as the final result of all my efforts. »

(Bertrand Russell / 1872 1970 / Religion and Science)

« There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate government action. »

(Bertrand Russell / 1872 1970 / An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish)

« The Christian view that all intercourse outside marriage is immoral was, as we see in the. passages from St. Paul, based upon the view that all sexual intercourse, even within marriage, is regrettable. A view of this sort, which goes against biological facts, can only be regarded by sane people as a morbid aberration. The fact that it is embedded in Christian ethics has made Christianity throughout its whole history a force tending towards mental disorders and unwholesome views of life. »

(Bertrand Russell / 1872 1970 / Marriage and Morals)

« My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery nike air max tn to the human race. I cannot, however, deny that it has made some contributions to civilization. It helped in early days to fix the calendar, and it caused Egyptian priests to chronicle eclipses with such care that in time they became able to predict them. These two services I am prepared to acknowledge, but I do not know of any others. »

(Bertrand Russell / 1872 1970 / Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization? / 1930)

« An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious just dead wrong. »

« I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. »

« The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser nike aire max people so full of doubts. »

« So far as I can remember, there air max bw pas cher is not one word in the Gospels in air max pas cher praise of intelligence. »

« It is odd that neither the Church nor modern public opinion condemns petting, provided it stops short at a certain point. At what point sin begins is a matter as to which casuists differ. One eminently orthodox Catholic divine laid it down that a confessor may fondle a nun’s breasts, provided he does it without nike air max 2013 evil intent. The Christian holds that we can know there is a God; the atheist, that we can know there is not. The Agnostic suspends judgment, saying that there are not sufficient grounds either for affirmation or for denial. At the same air max 95 time, an Agnostic may hold that the existence of God, though not impossible, is very improbable; he may even hold it so improbable that it nike air max classic bw is not worth considering in practice. In that case, he is not far removed from atheism. »

« To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it. »