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A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.


Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age.


Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.


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


Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness. 


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


Collective fear stimulates herd instinct and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. 


Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people’s happiness and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.


Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.


Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself. 


Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.


Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.


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


I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its


Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.


I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.


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.


It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.


Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.


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.


Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.


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.


None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.


Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.


Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.


Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.


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


Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.


Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know.


So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.

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