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There are two motives for reading a book:  one, that you enjoy it;  the other, that you can boast about it.
    —    Bertrand Russell
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2015 On Destroying Historic / Archaeological Sites
2014 Magical Power
2013 How Awesome Would That Be
2012 Two Views
2011 Still Looking For Examples
2010 Giants Win Away 3 – 2!!

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One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
   —   Bertrand Russell
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The Original
2017 Being Nice
2016 Zero To Some = Most
2015 Born More Obligated
2014 Rage And Fury
2013 Successful Children
2012 For God So Loved The World
2011 Go Cheeseheads!!
Structured Mentality

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I do not myself believe that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment.
    —    Bertrand Russell
I don’t believe in an afterlife, so I don’t have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more.  For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse.
    —    Isaac Asimov
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2016 Just Spicy
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2015 Positive Acts Of Creation
2014 One Thing Is Clear
2013 Corrections
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2012 Gemutlichkeit
2011 Back On The Asphalt

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Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know.
   —   Bertrand Russell
Sometimes I think we’re alone.  Sometimes I think we’re not.  In either case, the thought is staggering.
   —   Buckminster Fuller
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2014 Are You Likely To Defend It?
2013 Might As Well
2012 The Long And Short Of It
2011 Bravery

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The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
    —    Bertrand Russell
[Happy Birthday, James!  Remember it is the enjoyment of life, not its duration that makes living one’s life meaningful.   We love you!    —    Mum and Dad]
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Take Your Pick

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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
    ―    Bertrand Russell
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On This Day In:
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2011 Attaining High Office

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There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
    —    Bertrand Russell
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On This Day In:
2015 Filling Gaps
2014 Even In Our Sleep
2013 Passion Is Always Personal
2012 And You Are?
2011 Innate Talent

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The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
   —   Bertrand Russell
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On This Day In:
2015 South By South East
2013 Don’tcha
2012 I Hear A Distant Thunder
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Faith cannot block out darkness, or doubt.  When on the cross, Jesus did not cry out “Here I come!” but “My God, why have you forsaken me?”  His disciples brimmed with doubts and misgivings.
Just as courage is persisting in the face of fear, so faith is persisting in the presence of doubt.  Faith becomes then a commitment, a practice and a pact that is usually sustained by belief.  But doubt is not just a roiling, or a vulnerability;  it can also be a strength.  Doubt acknowledges our own limitations and confirms — or challenges — fundamental beliefs, and is not a detractor of belief but a crucial part of it.
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If we don’t accept both the commonality and importance of doubt, we don’t allow for the possibility of mistakes or misjudgments.  While certainty frequently calcifies into rigidity, intolerance and self-righteousness, doubt can deepen, clarify and explain.  This is, of course, a subject far broader than belief in God.
The philosopher Bertrand Russell put it best.  The whole problem with the world, he wrote, is that “the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
Of that at least we can be certain.  I’m pretty sure, anyway.
    —    Julia Baird
From her Op/Ed contribution to the New Your Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/opinion/julia-baird-doubt-as-a-sign-of-faith.html
[I originally found this quote at one of the blogs I follow:  http://davidkanigan.com/
The specific post is:  http://davidkanigan.com/2014/09/28/lets-hope-so/    —    KMAB]
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The purpose of reason is to give us excuses for doing the things we want to do.
    —     Bertrand Russell
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…That all the labours of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noon-day brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of Man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruin – all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand.
   —    Bertrand Russell
[I do not dispute the eventual destruction of the earth or of our solar system.  I dispute the inevitable destruction of mankind and man’s spirit.  Barring an “extinction level event” before we are able to colonize space and visit other stars, man will endure.   —    KMAB]
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The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.
    —    Bertrand Russell
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Most men would rather die than think, and most men do.
    —    Bertrand Russell
From:  “Why I Am Not a Christian & Other Essays on Religion & Related Subjects
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There is an artist imprisoned in each one of us.  Let him loose to spread joy everywhere!
     —   Bertrand Russell
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The great are not solitary; out of the night come the voices of those who have gone before, clear and courageous; and so through the ages they march, a mighty procession, proud, undaunted, unconquerable.  To join in this glorious company, to swell the immortal person of those whom fate could not subdue – this may not be happiness; but what is happiness to those whose souls are filled with that celestial music?  To them is given what is better than happiness: to know the fellowship of the great, to live in the inspiration of lofty thoughts, and to be illumined in every perplexity by the fire of nobility and truth.
     —     Bertrand Russell
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