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Bertrand Russell

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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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  • To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

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  • Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one.

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  • To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

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  • Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.

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  • It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

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  • Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.

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  • The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

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  • The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.

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  • Liberty is the right to do what I like; license, the right to do what you like.

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  • There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

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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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  • War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

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  • What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.

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  • Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.

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  • Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.

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  • Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.

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  • I do not pretend to start with precise questions. I do not think you can start with anything precise. You have to achieve such precision as you can, as you go along.

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  • A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.

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  • Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.

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  • The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts.

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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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  • Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.

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  • Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.

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  • The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

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  • Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.

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  • There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less.

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  • Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

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  • The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

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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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