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BERTRAND ARTHUR WILLIAM RUSSELL
English philosopher, mathematician, logician and social critic
(1872 - 1970)
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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.
      - [Happiness]

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.
      - [Adventure]

A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations.
      - [Duty]

All human activity is prompted by desire.
      - [Desire]

Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
      - [Happiness]

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
      - [Boredom]

Civilized people cannot fully satisfy their sexual instinct without love.
      - [Civilization]

Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.
      - [Change]

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
      - [Eccentricity]

Do not feel certain of anything.
      - [Certainty]

Ethical metaphysics is fundamentally an attempt, however disguised, to give legislative force to our own wishes.
      - [Metaphysics]

Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.
      - [Civilization]

Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.
      - [Freedom]

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
      - [Freedom]

Human life, its growth, its hopes, fears, loves, et cetera, are the result of accidents.
      - [Life]

I do so hate to leave this world.
      - [Death]

If a law were passed giving six months to every writer of a first book, only the good ones would do it.
      - [Writers]

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.
      - [Questions]

It is a preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.
      - [Possession]

It is in our hearts that evil lies, and it is from our hearts that it must be plucked out.
      - [Evil]

It's 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.
      - [Anger]

Love as a relation between men and women was ruined by the desire to make sure of the legitimacy of children.
      - [Love]

Love, children, and work are the great sources of fertilizing contact between the individual and the rest of the world.
      - [Children : Love]

Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful, and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous, and loathed because they impose slavery.
      - [Machines]

Man can be scientifically manipulated.
      - [Man]


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