Machines deprive us of two things which are certainly important ingredients of human happiness, namely, spontaneity and variety.
- Bertrand Russell
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We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.
the leading error of the human mind, – the bane of human happiness – the perverter of human virtue … is Religion – that dark coinage of trembling ignorance! It is Religion – that poisoner of human felicity! It is Religion – that blind guide of human reason! It is Religion – that dethroner of human virtue! which lies at the root of all the evil and all the misery that pervade the world!