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Life and joy and beauty are better than dusty death.

Beware the man of a single book.

Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.

Mathematics is the only science where one never knows what one is talking about nor whether what is said is true.

Even when all the experts agree, they may well be mistaken.

The whiter my hair becomes, the more ready people are to believe what I say.

All movements go too far.

To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.

With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.

Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery.

No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?

Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.

Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy.

I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.

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.

Every philosophical problem, when it is subjected to the necessary analysis and justification, is found either to be not really philosophical at all, or else to be, in the sense in which we are using the word, logical.

Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities.

I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe - because, like Spinoza's God, it won't love us in return.

The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.

Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one.

It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.

Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions, just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.

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.

Liberty is the right to do what I like; license, the right to do what you like.

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy.

The coward wretch whose hand and heart
Can bear to torture aught below,
Is ever first to quail and start
From the slightest pain or equal foe.

There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.

If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.

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.

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.

Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.

Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform.

The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.

Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

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.

I do not pretend to start with precise questions. I do not think you can start with anything precise. You have to achieve such precision as you can, as you go along.

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.

Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power.

The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.

In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word experience have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.

Sin is geographical.

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.

A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known.

Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one.

The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.

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