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Bertrand Russell

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"War does not determine who is right - only who is left." War & Peace 4.9 avg (145 votes)
"A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short." Risk 4.9 avg (8 votes)
"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)
"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)
"Love is, above all, the gift of oneself." Love 4.8 avg (4 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)
"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)
"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric." Miscellaneous 4.7 avg (7 votes)
"Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do." Thinking 4.7 avg (15 votes)
"The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it." Philosophy 4.7 avg (6 votes)
"To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom." Fear, Wisdom 4.6 avg (14 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)
"Those who fear life are already three parts dead." Fear 4.4 avg (9 votes)
"To teach how to live with uncertainty, yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy can do." Philosophy 4.4 avg (10 votes)
"No one gossips about other people's secret virtues." Talking, Virtue 4.3 avg (4 votes)
"Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education." Education 4.3 avg (32 votes)
"Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure." Freedom, Government 4.2 avg (5 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)
"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)
"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)

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