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Bertrand Russell

1872-1970. British logician and philosopher.

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There will still be things that machines cannot do. They will not produce great art or great literature or great philosophy; they will not be able to discover the secret springs of happiness in the human heart; they will know nothing of love and friendship.

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The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.

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

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To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.

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One of the signs of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

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Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.

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Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.

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To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

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We know too much and feel too little. At least, we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.

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Most people would rather die than think: many do.

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