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BERTRAND ARTHUR WILLIAM RUSSELL
English philosopher, mathematician, logician and social critic
(1872 - 1970)
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The qualities most needed are charity and tolerance, not some form of fanatical faith such as is offered to us by the various rampant isms.
      - [Faith]

The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.
      - [Happiness]

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
      - [Time]

The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
      - [Universe]

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
      - [Certainty]

The wise man thinks about his troubles only when there is some purpose in doing so; at other times he thinks about other things.
      - [Trouble]

Thinking you know when in fact you don't is a fatal mistake, to which we are all prone.
      - [Thinking]

To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.
      - [Democracy]

To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.
      - [Concentration]

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.
      - [Leisure]

To expect a personality to survive the disintegration of the brain is like expecting a cricket club to survive when all of its members are dead.
      - [Brain]

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
      - [Fear]

To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without, being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can do for those who study it.
      - [Philosophy]

Undoubtedly the desire for food has been, and still is, one of the main causes of great political events.
      - [Hunger]

We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
      - [Education]

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is its exact opposite.
      - [Belief]

When people begin to philosophize they seem to think it necessary to make themselves artificially stupid.
      - [Stupidity]

Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty--a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.
      - Philosophical Essays (no. 4) [Mathematics]


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