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Julian Baggini quotes

In my experience, those who make the biggest fuss about not spending much at Christmas are generally the ones who buy what they want and eat where they want 12 months a year.

Trying to keep up with health advice can feel like surfing the Net for weather forecasts: what you find is always changing, often contradictory and rarely encouraging.

Seek first what is true and of value, and then whatever happiness follows will be of the appropriate quantity and, more importantly, quality.

Any celebration meal to which guests are invited, be they family or friends, should be an occasion for generous hospitality.

As a teenager, I increasingly had questions about religion to which I found no good answers.

No one who has understood even a fraction of what science has told us about the universe can fail to be in awe of both the cosmos and of science.

If we find it hard to believe that winning millions might not be so lucky after all, we just don't have a good enough imagination. If I fantasise about winning the lottery, it doesn't take long before all sorts of worrisome potential consequences occur to me.

You should protest about the views of people you disagree with over major moral issues, and argue them down, but you should not try to silence them, however repugnant you find them. That is the bitter pill free speech requires us to swallow.

Accepting that the world is full of uncertainty and ambiguity does not and should not stop people from being pretty sure about a lot of things.

Atheists should point out that life without God can be meaningful, moral and happy.

Being a good neighbour is about compassion, which is as warm-blooded as justice is cool-headed.

Being virtuous is wonderful thing, but feeling virtuous is a shortcut to vice.

Happiness is not the same as life satisfaction, while neither are identical to what we might call flourishing.

I don't think anyone who genuinely embraced sincerity, charity and modesty could be intolerant or divisive.

If philosophy is to be a valuable part of life, we have to appreciate it for its own sake, and not just for what it's done for us lately.

Love is indeed, at root, the product of the firings of neurons and release of hormones.

Wellbeing is a notion that entails our values about the good life, and questions of values are not ultimately scientific questions.

Believers are right when they say that to understand a religion properly you need to get under its skin. But to understand it fully, you cannot stay there: you have to take a more objective view, too.

Big sporting events and spectacles might give the national morale a shot in the arm, but they are too transient and taste-specific to stand as robust symbols of nationhood.

Daily life is better when it involves interactions with real people who have a personal investment in their labour, like shopkeepers, than it is with someone 'just doing my job' or the infernal self-checkout machine.