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Today is the anniversary of the birth of Bertrand Russell.  He was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, write, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate.

Russell and his children

Russell and his children

From time to time he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist.

He also admitted that in reality, he had “never been any of these things, in any profound sense.”

All that aside, he had some pretty cool things to say.  And being a fan of adages, saws, and affirmations, I thought I’d share a few.

“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.”

“Much that passes as idealism is disguised as hatred or disguised love of power.”

“I believe in using words, not fists.”

“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”

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