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The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. - Bertrand Russell
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The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell. - Bertrand Russell
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Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. - Bertrand Russell
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Sin is geographical. - Bertrand Russell
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Anything you're good at contributes to happiness. - Bertrand Russell
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A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it. - Bertrand Russell
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A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live. - Bertrand Russell
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A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short. - Bertrand Russell
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A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known. - Bertrand Russell
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A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation. - Bertrand Russell
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A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is. - Bertrand Russell
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Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age. - Bertrand Russell
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Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. - Bertrand Russell
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Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me. - Bertrand Russell
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All movements go too far. - Bertrand Russell
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Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century. - Bertrand Russell
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Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted. - Bertrand Russell
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Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths. - Bertrand Russell
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Awareness of universals is called conceiving, and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept. - Bertrand Russell
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Boredom is... a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it. - Bertrand Russell
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Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. - Bertrand Russell
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Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. - Bertrand Russell
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Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race. - Bertrand Russell
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Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves. - Bertrand Russell
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Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame. - Bertrand Russell
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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. - Bertrand Russell
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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
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Drunkenness is temporary suicide. - Bertrand Russell
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Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself. - Bertrand Russell
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Every philosophical problem, when it is subjected to the necessary analysis and justification, is found either to be not really philosophical at all, or else to be, in the sense in which we are using the word, logical. - Bertrand Russell
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Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery. - Bertrand Russell
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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
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Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time. - Bertrand Russell
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Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires. - Bertrand Russell
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Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. - Bertrand Russell
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I believe in using words, not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex. - Bertrand Russell
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I do not pretend to start with precise questions. I do not think you can start with anything precise. You have to achieve such precision as you can, as you go along. - Bertrand Russell
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I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe - because, like Spinoza's God, it won't love us in return. - Bertrand Russell
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I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy. - Bertrand Russell
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I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world. - Bertrand Russell
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I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine. - Bertrand Russell
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I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. - Bertrand Russell
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If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give. - Bertrand Russell
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If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all. - Bertrand Russell
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If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years. - Bertrand Russell
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In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. - Bertrand Russell
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In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards. - Bertrand Russell
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In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word experience have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word. - Bertrand Russell
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Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires. - Bertrand Russell
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It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. - Bertrand Russell
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