I am compelled to fear that science will be used to promote the power of dominant groups rather than to make men happy.
Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.
Belief in God and a future life makes it possible to go through life with less of stoic courage than is needed by skeptics.
In the higher walks of politics the same sort of thing occurs. The statesman who has gradually concentrated all power within himself ... may have had anything but a public motive... The phrases which are customary on the platform and in the Party Press have gradually come to him to seem to express t
Unless one is taught what to do with success after getting it, achievement of it must inevitably leave him prey to boredom.
The widespread interest in gossip is inspired, not by a love of knowledge but by malice: no one gossips about other people's secret virtues, but only about their secret vices. Accordingly most gossip is untrue, but care is taken not to verify it. Our neighbour's sins, like the consolations of religi
The social psychologist of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for more than one gene
No satisfaction based upon self-deception is solid.
Broadly speaking, we are in the middle of a race between human skill as a means and human folly as an end.
In obedience to the feeling of reality, we shall insist that, in the analysis of propositions, nothing "unreal" is to be admitted. But, after all, if there is nothing unreal, how, it may be asked, could we admit anything unreal? The reply is that, in dealing with propositions, we are dealing in the
The conception of the necessary unit of all that is resolves itself into the poverty of the imagination, and a freer logic emancipates us from the straitwaistcoated benevolent institution, which idealism palms off as the totality of being.
Almost all education has a political motive.
Change is scientific; progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.
It is essential to happiness that our way of living should spring from our own deep impulses and not from the accidental tastes and desires of those who happen to be our neighbors, or even our relations.
The best authorities are unanimous in saying that a war with H-bombs might possibly put an end to the human race. It is feared that if many H-bombs are used there will be universal death, sudden only for a minority, but for the majority a slow torture of disease and disintegration.
It is a natural propensity to attribute misfortune to someone's malignity.
Power, like vanity, is insatiable. Nothing short of omnipotence could satisfy it completely.
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
I am sometimes shocked by the blasphemies of those who think themselves pious.
The best practical advice I can give to the present generation is to practice the virtue which the Christians call love.
When I say that children should be told about sex, I do not mean that they should be told only the bare physiological facts; they should be told whatever they wish to know. There should be no attempt to represent adults as more virtuous than they are, or sex as occurring only in marriage. There is n
Only mathematics and mathematical logic can say as little as the physicist means to say.
Mathematics rightly viewed possesses not only truth but supreme beauty.
Anything you're good at contributes to happiness. Bertrand Russel
Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, the chief glory of man.
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!'.
To understand a name you must be acquainted with the particular of which it is a name. Bertrand Russel
No opinion has ever been too errant to become a creed.
Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover.
Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent