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

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The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Bertrand Russell

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Most people would rather die than think: many do. 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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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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The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith. 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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Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education. Bertrand Russell

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Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. Bertrand Russell

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Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. Bertrand Russell

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We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs. Bertrand Russell

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Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. Bertrand Russell

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The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately. Bertrand Russell

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A process which led from the amoebae to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress -- though whether the amoebae would agree with this opinion is not known. 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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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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The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as a means to other account, and not merely as a means to other things, are knowledge, art instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection. Bertrand Russell

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Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery. Bertrand Russell

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The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment. Bertrand Russell

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Science is what you know, philosophy what you don't know. Bertrand Russell

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It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly. Bertrand Russell

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Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves. Bertrand Russell

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What men want is not knowledge, but certainty. Bertrand Russell

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Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact. Bertrand Russell

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Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate. Bertrand Russell

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Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling? Bertrand Russell

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It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living. Bertrand Russell

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Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do. Bertrand Russell

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What we need is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out. Bertrand Russell

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In America everybody is of opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors. Bertrand Russell

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To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell

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The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them. Bertrand Russell

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Can a society in which thought and technique are scientific persist for a long period, as, for example, ancient Egypt persisted, or does it necessarily contain within itself forces which must bring either decay or explosion? Bertrand Russell

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Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution. Bertrand Russell

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The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

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Sin is geographical. Bertrand Russell

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For my part I distrust all generalizations about women, favorable and unfavorable, masculine and feminine, ancient and modern; all alike, I should say, result from paucity of experience. Bertrand Russell

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If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way. Bertrand Russell

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Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly. Bertrand Russell

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Unless one is taught what to do with success after getting it, achievement of it must inevitably leave him prey to boredom. Bertrand Russell

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Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones. Bertrand Russell

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Bad philosophers may have a certain influence; good philosophers, never. Bertrand Russell

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This idea of weapons of mass exterminations utterly horrible and is something which no one with one spark of humanity can tolerate. I will not pretend to obey a government which is organizing a mass massacre of mankind. Bertrand Russell

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Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it. Bertrand Russell

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I am paid by the word, so I always write the shortest words possible. Bertrand Russell

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Nine-tenths of the appeal of pornography is due to the indecent feelings concerning sex which moralists inculcate in the young; the other tenth is physiological, and will occur in one way or another whatever the state of the law may be. Bertrand Russell

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All movements go too far. Bertrand Russell

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Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth more than ruin more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. Bertrand Russell

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Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken. 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