A world without delight and without affection is a world destitute of value.
Truth is a shining goddess, always veiled, always distant, never wholly approachable, but worthy of all the devotion of which the human spirit is capable.
None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear. Bertrand Russel
[Regarding] the convention that clergymen are more virtuous than other men. Any average selection of mankind, set apart and told that it excels the rest in virtue, must tend to sink below the average.
Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Cruel men believe in a cruel god and use their belief to excuse their cruelty. Only kindly men believe in a kindly god, and they would be kindly in any case.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
That which exists through itself is called The Eternal. The Eternal has neither name nor shape. It is the one essence, the one primal spirit. Essence and life cannot be seen. They are contained in the light of heaven. The light of heaven cannot be seen. It is contained in the two eyes.
Religion may in most of its forms be defined as the belief that the gods are on the side of the government.
The true function of logic ... as applied to matters of experience ... is analytic rather than constructive; taken a priori, it shows the possibility of hitherto unsuspected alternatives more often than the impossibility of alternatives which seemed prima facie possible. Thus, while it liberates ima
RELIGION: A set of beliefs held as dogmas, dominating the conduct of life, going beyond or contrary to evidence, and inculcated by methods which are emotional or authoritarian, not intellectual.
The more you complain the longer God lets you live
A European who goes to New York and Chicago sees the future... when he goes to Asia he sees the past.
Boredom is... a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
Philosophy arises from an unusually obstinate attempt to arrive at real knowledge. What passes for knowledge in ordinary life suffers from three defects: it is cocksure, vague and self-contradictory. The first step towards philosophy consists in becoming aware of these defects, not in order to rest
No rules, however wise, are a substitute for affection and tact.
If we were all given by magic the power to read each otherâ€™s thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be almost all friendships would be dissolved; the second effect, however, might be excellent, for a world without any friends would be felt to be intolerable, and we should learn to like each ot
Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine.
Ironclads and Maxim guns must be the ultimate arbiters of metaphysical truth.
Anything you're good at contributes to happiness. Bertrand Russel
The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.
Freedom in education has many aspects. There is first of all freedom to learn or not to learn. Then there is freedom as to what to learn. And in later education there is freedom of opinion.
The reason is, and by rights ought to be, slave to the emotions.
I am firm; YOU are obstinate; HE is a pig-headed fool.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
... the momentary state of science that may change tomorrow ...
I am myself a dissenter from all known religions, and I hope that every kind of religious belief will die out.
A physicist looks for causes; that does not necessarily imply that there are causes everywhere. A man may look for gold without assuming that there is gold everywhere; if he finds gold, well and good, if he doesn't he's had bad luck. The same is true when the physicists look for causes.
There are three ways of securing a society that shall be stable as regards population. The first is that of birth control, the second that of infanticide or really destructive wars, and the third that of general misery except for a powerful minority.