Into every tidy scheme for arranging the pattern of human life, it is necessary to inject a certain dose of anarchism.

-Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell

Something of the hermit's temper is an essential element in many forms of excellence, since it enables men to resist the lure of popularity, to pursue important work in spite of general indifference or hostility, and arrive at opinions which are opposed to prevalent errors.

Bertrand Russell
I don't care for the applause one gets by saying what others are thinking; I want actually to change people's thoughts. Power over people's minds is the main personal desire of my life; and this sort of power is not acquired by saying popular things.
Bertrand Russell

Life is just one cup of coffee after another, and don't look for anything else.

Bertrand Russell
We need a science to save us from science.
Bertrand Russell

Men who allow their love of power to give them a distorted view of the world are to be found in every asylum: one man will think he is the Governor of the Bank of England, another will think he is the King, and yet another will think he is God. Highly similar delusions, if expressed by educated men in obscure language, lead to professorships of philosophy; and if expressed by emotional men in eloquent language, lead to dictatorships.

Bertrand Russell
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
Bertrand Russell

Christ said "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" and when asked "who is thy neighbour? went on to the parable of the Good Samaritan. If you wish to understand this parable as it was understood by his hearers, you should substitute "Germans and Japanese" for Samaritan. I fear my modern day Christians would resent such a substitution, because it would compel them to realize how far they have departed from the teachings of the founder of their religion.

Bertrand Russell
A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety.
Bertrand Russell

To discover a system for the avoidance of war is a vital need of our civilisation.

Bertrand Russell
Berkeley retains the merit of having shown that the existence of matter is capable of being denied without absurdity.