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BERTRAND ARTHUR WILLIAM RUSSELL
English philosopher, mathematician, logician and social critic
(1872 - 1970)
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Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
      - [Belief]

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
      - [Happiness]

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.
      - [Courage]

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.
      - [Mathematics]

Mathematics possesses not only truth, but also supreme beauty.
      - [Mathematics]

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
      - [Unhappiness]

Morally, a philosopher who uses his professional competence for anything except a disinterested search for truth is guilty of a kind of treachery.
      - [Philosophers]

Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
      - [Thinking]

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
      - [Idealism]

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
      - [Gossip]

On the one hand, philosophy is to keep us thinking about things that we may come to know, and on the other hand to keep us modestly aware of how much that seems like knowledge isn't knowledge.
      - [Philosophy]

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
      - [Psychology]

People are zealous for a cause when they are not quite positive that it is true.
      - [Zeal]

Philosophy is an unusually ingenious attempt to think fallaciously.
      - [Philosophy]

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
      - [Religion]

Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.
      - [Religion]

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
      - [Philosophy : Science]

Sin is geographical.
      - [Sin]

Skilled work, of no matter what kind, is only done well by those who take a certain pleasure in it, quite apart from its utility, either to themselves in earning a living, or to the world through its outcome.
      - from Haldemann-Julius' 1942 pamphlet, "How to Become a Mathematician"
        [Motive : Work]

The difficulty is old, but none the less real. An omnipotent being who created a world containing evil not due to sin must Himself be at least partially evil.
      - [God]

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
      - [Life]

The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
      - [Controversy]

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.
      - [Morality]

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.
      - [Golf]

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.
      - [Philosophy]


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