Bertrand Russell | Fear is the main source of superstition

"Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell | on the threshold of a Golden Age

"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 that dragon is religion."

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell | system of deception

"Educational systems have been developed not to impart genuine knowledge but to make the people docile to the will of the rulers. Without a sophisticated system of deception in schools, it would be impossible to maintain the appearance of democracy. It is not desired that ordinary citizens think for themselves. Because it is believed that people who think for themselves are difficult to handle. Only the elites are supposed to think. The rest are supposed to obey and follow their leaders, like a herd of mutton. This doctrine has corrupted all state education systems from the ground up, even in democracies."

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell | they are made stupid by education

"Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education."

Bertrand Russell