Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. Bertrand Russel
In considering irregular appearances, there are certain very natural mistakes which must be avoided.
Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted.
Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.
Thomas Aquinas states parenthetically, as something entirely obvious, that men are more rational than women. For my part, I see no evidence of this.
There are infinite possibilities of error, and more cranks take up fashionable untruths than unfashionable truths.
There is no reason to suppose that the world had a beginning at all. The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our thoughts.
For my part, the thing I would wish to obtain from money would be leisure with security. But what the typical modern man desires to get with it is more money, with a view to ostentation, splendour, and the outshining of those who have hitherto been his equals.
Indemnity for the past and security for the future.
Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform.
Men have physical needs, and they have emotions. While physical needs are unsatisfied, they take first place; but when they are satisfied, emotions unconnected with them become important in deciding whether a man is to be happy or unhappy.
Affection cannot be created; it can only be liberated.
Inferences of Science and Common Sense differ from those of deductive logic and mathematics in a very important respect, namely, when the premises are true and the reasoning correct, the conclusion is only probable.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. Bertrand Russel
Worry is a form of fear, and all forms of fear produce fatigue. A man who has learned not to feel fear will find the fatigue of daily life enormously diminished.
You may reasonably expect a man to walk a tightrope safely for ten minutes; it would be unreasonable to do so without accident for two hundred years.
To choose one sock from each of infinitely many pairs of socks requires the Axiom of Choice, but for shoes the Axiom is not needed.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russel
It is only in marriage with the world that our ideals can bear fruit; divorced from it, they remain barren.
America remained a land of promise for lovers of freedom. Even Byron, at a moment when he was disgusted with Napoleon for not committing suicide, wrote an eloquent stanza in praise of Washington.
Civilized life, if it is to be stable, must provide a harmless outlets for the impulses which our remote ancestors satisfied in hunting. In Australia, where people are few, and rabbits are many, I watched the whole populace satisfying the primitive impulse in the primitive manner by the skilful slau
The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.
Many a marriage hardly differs from prostitution, except being harder to escape from.
Love is a slippery eel that bites like hell
A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime.
The luxury to disparage freedom is the privilege of those who already possess it.
Envy is the basis of democracy.
The essence of life is doing things for their own sakes.
Are you never afraid of God's judgement in denying him? Most certainly not. I also deny Zeus and Jupiter and Odin and Brahma, but this causes me no qualms. I observe that a very large portion of the human race does not believe in God and suffers no visible punishment in consequence. And if there wer
In all the creative work that I have done, what has come first is a problem, a puzzle involving discomfort.