Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell, [Bertrand Arthur William Russell] (1872-1970) Philosopher, educator

Bertrand Russell Quote

“To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.”

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~ Bertrand Russell

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KS    8/18/05

Yes but I would replace the word "fear" with the word "reject"

Mike, Norwalk

I guess, sometimes.

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RobertSRQ    12/28/07

No matter what he wrote I give him five - This verse on love is beautiful: "I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy -- ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness -- that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it, finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what -- at last -- I have found." -- Bertrand Russell. As today will be my last retort this year I wish you and everyone A Very Happy and Healthy New Year - May 2008 bring you love, peace, and happiness.

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

Life takes risk, love takes risk. Even plant life has some risk. Those who do not take a risk will never find love. Might as well just be a stone or as Mr. Russel said dead.

Ken, Allyn, WA

If you do not love you do not affect those around you. You have no positive impact in this world. Like Waffler said, you have no bigger role than a stone. It is a sad thing to be remembered by no one when you are dead because in effect it means you have always been dead.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

As it is written:

" There is no fear in Love; perfect Love casteth out fear..."
~ 1 John 4:18

E Archer, NYC

The heart is the center -- full heart, full life. That's where the cup runneth over. ;-)


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