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

  The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  War does not determine who is right - only who is left.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Continuity of purpose is one of the most esential ingredients of happiness in the long run, and for most men this comes chiefly through their work.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

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

  To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3 parts dead.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Drunkenness is temporary suicide: The happiness it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation or creed.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  The desire to understand the world and the desire to reform it are the two great engines of progress.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Ordinary language is totally unsuited for expressing what physics really asserts, since the words of everyday life are not sufficiently abstract. Only mathematics and mathematical logic can say as little as the physicist means to say.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  At the age of eleven, I began Euclid, with my brother as my tutor. This was one of the great events of my life, as dazzling as first love. I had not imagined there was anything so delicious in the world; from that moment until I was thirty-eight, mathematics was my chief interest and my chief source of happiness.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  We love our habits more than our income, often more than our life.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  A man is rational in proportion as his intelligence informs and controls his desires.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  I consider the official Catholic attitude on divorce, birth control, and censorship exceedingly dangerous to mankind.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

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

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

  Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Continuity of purpose is one of the most essential ingredients of happiness in the long run, and for most men this comes chiefly through their work.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

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

  The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  War does not determine who is right - only who is left.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Drunkenness is temporary suicide: The happiness it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  I consider the official Catholic attitude on divorce, birth control, and censorship exceedingly dangerous to mankind.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  I consider the official Catholic attitude on divorce, birth control, and censorship exceedingly dangerous to mankind.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Drunkenness is temporary suicide: The happiness it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  In all affairs, love, religion, politics, or business, it's a healthy idea, now and then, to hang a question mark on things you have long taken for granted  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

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

  Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.  
 -  Bertrand Russell, The Sceptical Essays
  

  Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.  
 -  Bertrand Russell, The Sceptical Essays
  

  Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.  
 -  Bertrand Russell, The Sceptical Essays
  

  The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Control your emotion or it will control you.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

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

  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.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  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.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe - because, like Spinoza's God, it won't love us in return.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Most political leaders acquire their position by causing large numbers of people to believe that these leaders are actuated by altruistic desires.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

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

  I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

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

  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.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

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

  The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  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.  
 -  Bertrand Russell