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1872 - 1970, British philosopher, historian and social critic

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
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The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
Bertrand Russell

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
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Continuity of purpose is one of the most esential ingredients of happiness in the long run, and
for most men this comes chiefly through their work.
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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
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Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
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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.
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To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3 parts dead.
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The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
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Drunkenness is temporary suicide: The happiness it brings is merely negative, a momentary
cessation of unhappiness.
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No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
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Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation or creed.
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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.
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The desire to understand the world and the desire to reform it are the two great engines of
progress.
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Ordinary language is totally unsuited for expressing what physics really asserts, since the
words of everyday life are not sufficiently abstract. Only mathematics and mathematical logic
can say as little as the physicist means to say.
Bertrand Russell

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.
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An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it
makes a better soup.
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One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is
terribly important.
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At the age of eleven, I began Euclid, with my brother as my tutor. This was one of the great
events of my life, as dazzling as first love. I had not imagined there was anything so delicious
in the world; from that moment until I was thirty-eight, mathematics was my chief interest
and my chief source of happiness.
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Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
Bertrand Russell

If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work
important.
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Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
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Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.
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We love our habits more than our income, often more than our life.
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A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he
unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
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A man is rational in proportion as his intelligence informs and controls his desires.
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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.
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I consider the official Catholic attitude on divorce, birth control, and censorship exceedingly
dangerous to mankind.
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Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.
Bertrand Russell, The Sceptical Essays

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused
by the fear of it.
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The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
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