If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.

-Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell

Real life is, to most men, a long second best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible.

Bertrand Russell
Beware the man of the single book
Bertrand Russell

Certain characteristics of the subject are clear. To begin with, we do not in this subject deal with particular things or particular properties: we deal formally with what can be said about any thing or any property. We are prepared to say that one and one are two, but not that Socrates and Plato are two.

Bertrand Russell
The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken.
Bertrand Russell

Africans had to be taught that nudity is wicked; this was done very cheaply by missionaries.

Bertrand Russell
Civilized people cannot fully satisfy their sexual instinct without love.
Bertrand Russell

Never let yourself be diverted, either by what you wish to believe, or what you think could have beneficent social effects if it were believed; but look only and solely at what are the facts.

Bertrand Russell
It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a great hope that it so seldom achieves great results.
Bertrand Russell

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.

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