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All Quotes by author - Bertrand Russell
" Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age. "
" Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. "
" Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me. "
" A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it. "
" A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live. "
" A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short. "
" All movements go too far. "
" Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century. "
" A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known. "
" Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted. "
" Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths. "
" A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation. "
" A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is. "
" Awareness of universals is called conceiving, and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept. "
" Boredom is... a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it. "
" Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. "
" Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. "
" Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race. "
" Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves. "
" Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame. "
" Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance. "
" Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. "
" Drunkenness is temporary suicide. "
" Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself. "
" Every philosophical problem, when it is subjected to the necessary analysis and justification, is found either to be not really philosophical at all, or else to be, in the sense in which we are using the word, logical. "
" Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery. "
" Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. "
" Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time. "
" Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires. "
" Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure. "
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