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bertrand russell (1872 - 1970)
British author, mathematician, & philosopher [more author details]
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No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
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Bertrand Russell
Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man.
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Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.
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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 but never of killing for their country.
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Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
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So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
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The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy - I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
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The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.
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The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.
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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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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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The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.
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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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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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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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