Bertrand Russell

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.Bertrand Russell

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Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.Bertrand Russell

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One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.Bertrand Russell

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War does not determine who is right - only who is left.Bertrand Russell

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The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.Bertrand Russell

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Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.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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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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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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One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.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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The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.Bertrand Russell

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Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.Bertrand Russell

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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.Bertrand Russell

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The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.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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To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.Bertrand Russell

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

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Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.Bertrand Russell

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To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.Bertrand Russell

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The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.Bertrand Russell

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The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.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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Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.Bertrand Russell

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Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.Bertrand Russell

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The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.Bertrand Russell

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I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.Bertrand Russell

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Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.Bertrand Russell

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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

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The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts.Bertrand Russell

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