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May 18

Quotes of the day from previous years:

2004
Love me for love's sake, that evermore thou may'st love on, through love's eternity. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
2005
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. ~ Bertrand Russell (born 18 May 1872)
2006
A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread — and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness —
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

~ Omar Khayyám (born 18 May 1048)
2007
The opposition of instinct and reason is mainly illusory. Instinct, intuition, or insight is what first leads to the beliefs which subsequent reason confirms or confutes; but the confirmation, where it is possible, consists, in the last analysis, of agreement with other beliefs no less instinctive. Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one. Even in the most purely logical realms, it is insight that first arrives at what is new. ~ Bertrand Russell
2008
To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true. ~ Bertrand Russell
2009
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

~ Omar Khayyám ~
2010
The impartiality which, in contemplation, is the unalloyed desire for truth, is the very same quality of mind which, in action, is justice, and in emotion is that universal love which can be given to all, and not only to those who are judged useful or admirable. Thus contemplation not only enlarges the objects of our thoughts, but also the objects of our actions and our affections: it makes us citizens of the universe, not only of one walled city at war with the rest. In this citizenship of the universe consists man's true freedom, and his liberation from the thralldom of narrow hopes and fears. ~ Bertrand Russell
2011
Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance. ~ Bertrand Russell
2012
Modern methods of production have given us the possibility of ease and security for all; we have chosen, instead, to have overwork for some and starvation for the others. Hitherto we have continued to be as energetic as we were before there were machines; in this we have been foolish, but there is no reason to go on being foolish for ever.
~ Bertrand Russell ~
2013
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says is never accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something that he can understand.
~ Bertrand Russell ~
2014
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
~ Bertrand Russell ~
2015 
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A gospel of work for work's sake never produced any work worth doing. ~ Bertrand Russell (born May 18, 1872)


Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind is also rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good. ~ Bertrand Russell

  • 4 InvisibleSun 07:04, 14 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:27, 17 May 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 05:25, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 DanielTom (talk) 02:53, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. ~ Bertrand Russell

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:04, 14 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:27, 17 May 2007 (UTC) with a strong lean toward 4.
  • 3 Aphaia 22:05, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 2 Zarbon 05:25, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 DanielTom (talk) 02:53, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

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

  • 3 InvisibleSun 07:04, 14 May 2007 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 19:27, 17 May 2007 (UTC) with a lean toward 4.
  • 1 Zarbon 05:25, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Every man would like to be God, if it were possible; some few find it difficult to admit the impossibility. ~ Bertrand Russell


In America everybody is of opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors. ~ Bertrand Russell

  • 3 Ningauble 15:40, 23 May 2009 (UTC) a critical but instructive thought from the aptly named Unpopular Essays
  • 3 Kalki (talk · contributions) 08:04, 30 April 2010 (UTC)

It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly. ~ Bertrand Russell

  • 3.5 Daniel Tomé (talk) 11:38, 2 March 2013 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki·· 06:15, 16 May 2013 (UTC) I like this much, and might eventually rate it 3 or even 4, but there are others by Russell which I presently prefer.

I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive. I am not young and I love life. But I should scorn to shiver with terror at the thought of annihilation. Happiness is nonetheless true happiness because it must come to an end, nor do thought and love lose their value because they are not everlasting. Many a man has borne himself proudly on the scaffold; surely the same pride should teach us to think truly about man's place in the world. Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cosy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigour, and the great spaces have a splendour of their own. ~ Bertrand Russell


The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder's lack of rational conviction. ~ Bertrand Russell