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Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
British author, mathematician, & philosopher [more author details]
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The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
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Bertrand Russell
The people who are regarded as moral luminaries are those who forego ordinary pleasures themselves and find compensation in interfering with the pleasures of others.
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Bertrand Russell
The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.
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Bertrand Russell
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
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The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.
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Bertrand Russell
The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
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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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There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.
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Bertrand Russell
There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
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There is no nonsense so arrant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.
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This is one of those views which are so absolutely absurd that only very learned men could possibly adopt them.
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This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.
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To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
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Too little liberty brings stagnation and too much brings chaos.
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War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
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What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer.
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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?
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Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.
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Bertrand Russell, "Am I An Atheist Or An Agnostic?", 1947
When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others.
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Bertrand Russell, "Am I An Atheist Or An Agnostic?", 1947
When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others. It is much more nearly certain that we are assembled here tonight than it is that this or that political party is in the right. Certainly there are degrees of certainty, and one should be very careful to emphasize that fact, because otherwise one is landed in an utter skepticism, and complete skepticism would, of course, be totally barren and completely useless.
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Bertrand Russell, "Am I An Atheist Or An Agnostic?", 1947
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