A habit of basing convictions upon evidence, and of giving to them only that degree or certainty which the evidence warrants, would, if it became general, cure most of the ills from which the world suffers.
More Quotes from Bertrand Russell:Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so.
It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living.
All men are scoundrels, or at any rate almost all. The men who are not must have had unusual luck, both in their birth and in their upbringing
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.
William James describes a man who got the experience from laughing-gas whenever he was under its influence, he knew the secret of the universe, but when he came to, he had forgotten it. Atlast, with immense effort, he wrote down the secret before the vision had faded. Whencompletely recovered, he rushed to see what he had written. Itwas 'Asmell of petroleum prevailsthroughout'.
Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power.
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All the stuff about being a drinking club, or having players who were not good enough, I treat as rubbish.
Not too many people can afford for the wife to stay home and raise the kids.
Having loving and supporting parents didn't make me feel any better about the possibility of seeing my personal life splashed across newspapers and tabloids.