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bertrand russell (1872 - 1970)
British author, mathematician, & philosopher [more author details]
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Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.
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Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), "Dreams and Facts"
We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.
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Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), "Eastern and Western Ideals of Happiness"
It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it is true.
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Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), "On the Value of Scepticism"
It is obvious that 'obscenity' is not a term capable of exact legal definition; in the practice of the Courts, it means 'anything that shocks the magistrate.'
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Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), "Recrudescence of Puritanism"
The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.
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Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays, 1961
The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
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Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism
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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Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays (1950), "Outline of Intellectual Rubbish"
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
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Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays (1950), "Outline of Intellectual Rubbish"

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