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bertrand russell (1872 - 1970)
British author, mathematician, & philosopher [more author details]
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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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All movements go too far.
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Civilized life has altogether grown too tame, and, if it is to be stable, it must provide a harmless outlets for the impulses which our remote ancestors satisfied in hunting.
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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
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Dora and I are now married, but just as happy as we were before.
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Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.
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Government can easily exist without laws, but law cannot exist without government.
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I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
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I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
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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.
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If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.
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In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
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In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often the good suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of those is the more annoying.
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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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It is a waste of energy to be angry with a man who behaves badly, just as it is to be angry with a car that won't go.
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It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain options makes it impossible to earn a living.
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Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
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Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so.
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Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.
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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.
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