It is only in marriage with the world that our ideals can bear fruit; divorced from it, they remain barren.

-Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell

Modern American politicians have the same cowardice about denying an equally bloodthirsty even sillier god, Jehovah.None of us would seriously consider the possibility that all the gods of Homer really exist... I think that all of us would say in regard to those gods that we were atheists. In regard to the Christian God, I should, I think, take exactly the same line.

Bertrand Russell
From India to Spain, the brilliant civilization of Islam flourished. What was lost to christendom at this time was not lost to civilization, but quite the contrary...
Bertrand Russell

Thomas Aquinas states parenthetically, as something entirely obvious, that men are more rational than women. For my part, I see no evidence of this.

Bertrand Russell
The supreme maxim in scientific philosophising is this: wherever possible, logical constructions are to be substituted for inferred entities.
Bertrand Russell

Artists are on the average less happy than men of science.

Bertrand Russell
You, your families, your friends and your countries are to be exterminated by the common decision of a few brutal but powerful men. To please these men, all the private affections, all the public hopes, all that has been achieved in art, and knowledge and thought and all that might be achieved hereafter is to be wiped out forever. Our ruined lifeless planet will continue for countless ages to circle aimlessly round the sun unredeemed by the joys and loves, the occasional wisdom and the power to create beauty which have given value to human life.
Bertrand Russell

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. Bertrand Russel

Bertrand Russell
Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.
Bertrand Russell

When we perceive any object of a familiar kind, much of what appears subjectively to be immediately given is really derived from past experience.

Bertrand Russell
Those who advocate common usage in philosophy sometimes speak in a manner that suggests the mystique of the 'common man.'