Bertrand Russell on Truth, Love and Tolerance as a way of living 

Words to remember and live by

Bertrand Russell

“I should like to say two things, one intellectual and one moral. The intellectual thing I should want to say is this: When you are studying any matter, or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out. Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe, or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. But look only, and solely, at what are the facts. That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say…”

(Pause to include a word from the Answers in Genesis Statement of Faith…)

  • By definition, no apparent, perceived or claimed evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the scriptural record. Of primary importance is the fact that evidence is always subject to interpretation by fallible people who do not possess all information.

(Please continue….)

“… The moral thing I should wish to say…I should say love is wise, hatred is foolish. In this world which is getting more closely and closely interconnected we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way and if we are to live together and not die together we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.”

― Bertrand Russell

“Love is Wise, Hatred is Foolish” -Bertrand Russell



11 thoughts on “Bertrand Russell on Truth, Love and Tolerance as a way of living 

  1. Is he saying that’s it’s NOT a good thing to advocate chopping off heads of and/or assassinating Presidents and/or blowing up the White House and/or shooting people because of their party affiliation? Who knew? Thanks Bert.

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  2. He was a brilliant man, I listened to his explanation for why he was not a Christian he just logically dismantled it on every front.

    I just wish I had the capacity to put my emotions aside and think through issues so logically.

    How are you going Mike? I heard on the news that the weather out your way had been challenging, to say the least.

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    • Yes peter. Its getting hotter. 120 has already been to phoenix, but generally from now till early oct we are looking at 115 to 118. Thats why god made airconditioning, right? Lol


      • Around this time of year 20 years ago I visited Bahrain and met with the staff of one of the banks (I worked in the finance industry at the time). Most of the banking staff were ex-pat British and they explained local culture and customs to me. On the way back from a dinner out I asked one of them about the strange houses that often had a large open sort of funnel for the second story. I was told it was a wind tower/funnel, a way of cooling houses without air conditioning:


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