Altogether it will be found that a quiet life is characteristic of great men, and that their pleasures have not been of the sort that would look exciting to the outward eye.

-Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell

When I was 4 years old ... I dreamt that I'd been eaten by a wolf, and to my great surprise I was in the wolf's stomach and not in heaven.

Bertrand Russell
Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free.
Bertrand Russell

Memory demands an image.

Bertrand Russell
One of the most powerful of all our passions is the desire to be admired and respected.
Bertrand Russell

Envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness.

Bertrand Russell
All knowledge, we feel, must be built up upon our instinctive beliefs; and if these are rejected, nothing is left.
Bertrand Russell

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: "The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair." In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.

Bertrand Russell
There is no logical impossibility in the hypothesis that the world sprang into being five minutes ago, exactly as it then was, with a population that "remembered" a wholly unreal past. There is no logically necessary connection between events at different times; therefore nothing that is happening now or will happen in the future can disprove the hypothesis that the world began five minutes ago.
Bertrand Russell

European travellers find the Japanese a smiling race.

Bertrand Russell
It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.