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English Logician and Philosopher 1872-1970
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For my part, I find even eternal damnation less incredible, certainly less ridiculous, than this lame and impotent conclusion which we are asked to admire as the supreme effort of Omnipotence
For over two thousand years it has been the custom among earnest moralists to decry happiness as something degraded and unworthy
Francis Bacon, a man who rose to eminence by betraying his friends, asserted, no doubt as one of the ripe lessons of experience, that "knowledge is power
Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time.
Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires
Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
Furious at his own misery, he sought the cause in the misdeeds of other men, and turned upon them in savage battle, thus magnifying a thousand times the ills that Nature has provide
God is a reality of spirit... He cannot... be conceived as an object, not even as the very highest object. God is not to be found in the world of objects.
Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly
Hatred of enemies is easier and more intense than love of friends. But from men who are more anxious to injure opponents than to benefit the world at large no great good is to be expected.
He can have few rivals in the courage and integrity and complete self-abnegation with which he has given up his own career (in which, however, he still remains eminent) to devote himself to combating the nuclear peril as well as other, allied evils.
Herd pressure is to be judged by two things : first, its intensity, and second, its direction
His wit and irony - particularly when he uses them to condemn superstition - are inimitable
Human life, its growth, its hopes, fears, loves, et cetera, are the result of accidents
Human nature is so constructed that it gives affection most readily to those who seem least to demand it
I am a firm believer in democratic representative government as the best form for those who have the tolerance and self-restraint that is required to make it workable
I am not myself in any degree ashamed of having changed my opinions
I am paid by the word, so I always write the shortest words possible.
I believe in using words, not fists... I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex.
I cannot be content with a brief moment of riotous living followed by destitution, and however clever the scientists may be, there are some things that they cannot be expected to achieve
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