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Bertrand Russell
Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
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#British Philosopher #Abuse

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No man can be a good teacher unless he has feelings of warm affection toward his pupils and a genuine desire to impart to them what he believes to be of value.
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#Affection

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Throughout the long period of religious doubt, I had been rendered very unhappy by the gradual loss of belief, but when the process was completed, I found to my surprise that I was quite glad to be done with the whole subject
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#Belief

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War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
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#Doubt

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One should respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny
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#Opinions

Bertrand Russell
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
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#British Philosopher #Opinions

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Science can teach us, and I think our own hearts can teach us, no longer to look around for imaginary supports, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in, instead
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#Heart

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The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice
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#Certainty

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The wise man thinks about his troubles only when there is some purpose in doing so; at other times he thinks about other things
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#Man

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The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
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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.
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Law in origin was merely a codification of the power of dominant groups, and did not aim at anything that to a modern man would appear to be justice
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#Justice

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Human nature is so constructed that it gives affection most readily to those who seem least to demand it
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#Affection

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Mathematics is the only science where one never knows what one is talking about nor whether what is said is true
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#Mathematics

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The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts.
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#People

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Politics is largely governed by sententious platitudes which are devoid of truth
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#Politics

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Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.
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Man is a feeble creature, to whom only submission and worship are besoming. Pride is insolence, and belief in human power is impiety
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#Belief

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Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions which move with him like flies on a summer day
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#Conviction

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When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favor of the belief which he finds in himself
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#Conviction

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To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life flowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future.
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#Elderly

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The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way
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#Controversy

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The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic.
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#British Philosopher