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Bertrand Russell



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

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    Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.

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    To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

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

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    I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.

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    To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

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    The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them.

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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.

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

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    Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.

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

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    Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.

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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.

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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.

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    This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me.

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    What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life

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    The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge

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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

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    The three main extra-rational activities in modern life are religion, war, and love; all these are extra-rational, but love is not anti-rational, that is to say, a reasonable man may reasonably rejoice in its existence

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    Ants and savages put strangers to death

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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.

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    It [the world] must be a world in which affection has free play, in which love is purged of the instinct for domination, in which cruelty and envy have been dispelled by happiness and the unfettered development of all the instincts that build up life and fill it with mental delights. Such a world is possible; it waits only for men to wish to create it.

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    The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them

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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.

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

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    Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.

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    I have sought love because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven the saints and poets have imagined

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    Boys and young men acquire readily the moral sentiments of their social milieu, whatever these sentiments may be

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    Man is a feeble creature, to whom only submission and worship are besoming. Pride is insolence, and belief in human power is impiety

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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.

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    It is only in marriage with the world that our ideals can bear fruit: divorced from it, they remain barren

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    What men want is not knowledge, but certainty.

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

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    Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful, and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous, and loathed because they impose slavery

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    What vanity needs for its satisfaction is glory, and it's easy to have glory without power.

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    I am a firm believer in democratic representative government as the best form for those who have the tolerance and self-restraint that is required to make it workable

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    It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly

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    I cannot be content with a brief moment of riotous living followed by destitution, and however clever the scientists may be, there are some things that they cannot be expected to achieve

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    To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without, being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can do for those who study it

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    Law in origin was merely a codification of the power of dominant groups, and did not aim at anything that to a modern man would appear to be justice

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