A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to philosophers to be obviously progress -- though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known.

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A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation. Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 10

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All exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.

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All movements go too far.

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Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.

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But all who are not lunitics are agreed about certain things: That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than to be a slave. Many people desire these things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people can be refuted by science: Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy. from the essay "The Science to Save Us From Science"

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Change is scientific, progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.

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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

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Drunkenness is temporary suicide.

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Education, which was at first made universal in order that all might be able to read and write, has been found capable of serving quite other purposes. By instilling nonsense it unifies populations and generates collective enthusiasm.

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