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Bertrand Russell

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"The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts: the less you know the hotter you get." Anger, Facts 4.8 avg (10 votes)
"I do not think that the real reason why people accept religion is anything to do with argumentation. They accept religion on emotional grounds. One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it." Anti-Religion 4.1 avg (18 votes)
"What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way." Anti-Religion 4.7 avg (21 votes)
"The puritanism of Christianity has played havoc with the moderation that an enlightened and tolerant critical spirit would have produced. I've noticed that in whatever country, county, town, or other region there is a regulation enjoining temperance, the population seems to be entirely composed of teetotallers and drunkards. There's a Bible on that shelf there. But I keep it next to Voltaire - poison and antidote." Christianity 3.0 avg (3 votes)
"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence." Christianity 3.5 avg (12 votes)
"We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought." Education 4.8 avg (49 votes)
"Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education." Education 4.3 avg (32 votes)
"To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom." Fear, Wisdom 4.6 avg (14 votes)
"Those who fear life are already three parts dead." Fear 4.4 avg (9 votes)
"Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear." Fear 4.0 avg (9 votes)
"Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure." Freedom, Government 4.2 avg (5 votes)
"Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires." Good & Evil, Morality 4.0 avg (4 votes)
"Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change." Happiness 3.3 avg (3 votes)
"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this." Intelligence 3.9 avg (7 votes)
"A stupid man's report of what a clever man says is never accurate because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand." Intelligence, Talking 4.7 avg (55 votes)
"Love is, above all, the gift of oneself." Love 4.8 avg (4 votes)
"Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives." Love 4.5 avg (12 votes)
"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric." Miscellaneous 4.7 avg (7 votes)
"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly." Money 4.0 avg (1 votes)
"Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it." Morality 4.0 avg (2 votes)

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