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Quotations by author » Bertrand Russell
English Logician and Philosopher 1872-1970
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Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted.
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Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths.
FunnyWomen
As men begin to grow civilized, they cease to be satisfied with mere tabus, and substitute divine commands and prohibitions
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Bad philosophers may have a certain influence; good philosophers, never.
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Before World War I one of the objections commonly urged against votes for women was that women would tend to be pacifists. During the war they gave a large-scale refutation of this charge, and the vote was given to them for their share in the bloody
RightWarWomen
Belief in God and a future life makes it possible to go through life with less of stoic courage than is needed by sceptics
GodReligion
Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
BoredomSin
Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
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Boys and young men acquire readily the moral sentiments of their social milieu, whatever these sentiments may be
Boys
By religion I mean a set of beliefs held as dogmas, dominating the conduct of life, going beyond or contrary to evidence, and inculcated by methods which are emotional or authoritarian, not intellectual
Religion
By self-interest, Man has become gregarious, but in instinct he has remained to a great extent solitary; hence the need of religion and morality to reinforce self-interest
Self-interest
Can a society in which thought and technique are scientific persist for a long period, as, for example, ancient Egypt persisted, or does it necessarily contain within itself forces which must bring either decay or explosion?
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Change is scientific, progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.
Change
Civilized life has altogether grown too tame, and, if it is to be stable, it must provide a harmless outlets for the impulses which our remote ancestors satisfied in hunting
Hunting
Civilized people cannot fully satisfy their sexual instinct without love
Sex
Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
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Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race
HappinessMankind
Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.
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Cruelty is in theory a perfectly adequate ground for divorce, but it may be interpreted so as to become absurd
Cruelty
Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.
Democracy
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