A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it. Bertrand Russel

-Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell

Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.

Bertrand Russell
[There has been] every kind of cruelty practiced upon all sorts of people in the name of religion.
Bertrand Russell

A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men.

Bertrand Russell
HELL: A place where the police are German, the motorists French and the cooks English.
Bertrand Russell

Dread of disaster makes everybody act in the very way that increases the disaster. Psychologically the situation is analogous to that of people trampled to death when there is a panic in a theatre caused by a cry of `Fire!'.

Bertrand Russell
In view of the fact that in any future world war nuclear weapons will certainly be employed, and that such weapons threaten the continued existence of mankind, we urge the governments of the world to realize, and to acknowledge publicly, that their purpose cannot be furthered by a world war, and we urge them, consequently, to find peaceful means for the settlement of all matters of dispute between them.
Bertrand Russell

People are zealous for a cause when they are not quite positive that it is true.

Bertrand Russell
The first effect of emancipation from the Church was not to make men think rationally, but to open their minds to every sort of antique nonsense
Bertrand Russell

For some reason which I have failed to understand, many people like the system [scientific totalitarianism] when it is Russian but disliked the very same system when it was German. I am compelled to think that this is due to the power of labels; these people like whatever is labelled ‘Left’ without examining whether the label has any justification.

Bertrand Russell
You may, if you are an old-fashioned schoolmaster, wish to consider yourself full of universal benevolence and at the same time derive great pleasure from caning boys. In order to reconcile these two desires you have to persuade yourself that caning