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"A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short."
"A stupid man's report of what a clever man says is never accurate because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand."
"Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it."
"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."
"Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure."
"I do not think that the real reason why people accept religion is anything to do with argumentation. They accept religion on emotional grounds. One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it."
"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this."
"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly."
"Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives."
"Love is, above all, the gift of oneself."
"Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change."
"Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do."
"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."
"No one gossips about other people's secret virtues."
"Philosophers, for the most part, are constitutionally timid, and dislike the unexpected. Few of them would be genuinely happy as pirates or burglars. Accordingly they invent systems which make the future calculable, at least in its main outlines."
"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence."
"The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts: the less you know the hotter you get."
"The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it."
"The puritanism of Christianity has played havoc with the moderation that an enlightened and tolerant critical spirit would have produced. I've noticed that in whatever country, county, town, or other region there is a regulation enjoining temperance, the population seems to be entirely composed of teetotallers and drunkards. There's a Bible on that shelf there. But I keep it next to Voltaire - poison and antidote."
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