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 :: 1872-1970, British Philosopher, Mathematician, Essayist

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Sin is geographical.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Sin]

 

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The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Slavery]

 

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We are all prone to the malady of the introvert who, with the manifold spectacle of the world spread out before him, turns away and gazes only upon the emptiness within. But let us not imagine there is anything grand about the introvert's unhappiness.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Solitude]

 

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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.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Soul]

 

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Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth more than ruin more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, the chief glory of man.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Thoughts is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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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.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Time and Time Management]

 

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The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Time and Time Management]

 

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The theoretical understanding of the world, which is the aim of philosophy, is not a matter of great practical importance to animals, or to savages, or even to most civilized men.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Understanding]

 

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I had supposed until that time that it was quite common for parents to love their children, but the war persuaded me that it is a rare exception. I had supposed that most people liked money better than almost anything else, but I discovered that they liked destruction even better. I had supposed that intellectuals frequently loved truth, but I found here again that not ten per cent of them prefer truth to popularity.
~ Bertrand Russell - [War]

 

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Three passions simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life; the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Passion]

 

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Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Patriotism]

 

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This idea of weapons of mass exterminations utterly horrible and is something which no one with one spark of humanity can tolerate. I will not pretend to obey a government which is organizing a mass massacre of mankind.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Peace]

 

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Bad philosophers may have a certain influence; good philosophers, never.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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Nine-tenths of the appeal of pornography is due to the indecent feelings concerning sex which moralists inculcate in the young; the other tenth is physiological, and will occur in one way or another whatever the state of the law may be.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Pornography]

 

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Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible; but the world of pure reason ;knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Possibilities]

 

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The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Power]

 

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A process which led from the amoebae to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress -- though whether the amoebae would agree with this opinion is not known.
~ Bertrand Russell - [Progress]

 

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