Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
Contributed by: Zaady
If a philosophy is to bring happiness it should be inspired by kindly feelings. Marx pretended that he wanted the happiness of the proletariat; what he really wanted was the unhappiness of the bourgeois.
If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
Christ believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
Education ought to foster the wish for truth, not the conviction that some particular creed is the truth.
We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
Never let yourself be diverted either by what you would wish to believe or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. Look only at . . . the facts.
The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts - the less you know, the hotter you get.
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