A world without delight and without affection is a world destitute of value.
You find as you look around the world that every single bit of progress in humane feeling, every improvement in the criminal law, every step toward the diminution of war, every step toward better treatment of the colored races, or every mitigation of slavery, every moral progress that there has been
We have in fact, two kinds of morality, side by side: one which we preach, but do not practice, and another which we practice, but seldom preach.
I do not think any reasonable person can doubt that in India, China and Japan, if the knowledge of birth control existed, the birthrate would fall very rapidly
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
This is one of those views which are so absolutely absurd that only very learned men could possibly adopt them.
Any pleasure that does no harm to other people is to be valued.
Great God in Boots! â€“ the ontological argument is sound!
John Locke invented common sense, and only Englishmen have had it ever since!
Every isolated passion, is, in isolation, insane; sanity may be defined as synthesis of insanities. Every dominant passion generates a dominant fear, the fear of its non-fulfillment. Every dominant fear generates a nightmare, sometimes in form of explicit and conscious fanaticism, sometimes in paral
Dogmatism is the greatest of mental obstacles to human happiness.
I don't like the spirit of socialism - I think freedom is the basis of everything.
It is not by delusion, however exalted, that mankind can prosper, but only by unswerving courage in the pursuit of truth.
You could take up the line that some of the gnostics took up - a line which I often thought was a very plausible one - that as a matter of fact this world that we know was made by the devil at a moment when God was not looking. There is a good deal to be said for that, and I am not concerned to refu
All knowledge, we feel, must be built up upon our instinctive beliefs; and if these are rejected, nothing is left.
Ethical metaphysics is fundamentally an attempt, however disguised, to give legislative force to our own wishes.
No Carthaginian denied Moloch, because to do so would have required more courage that was required to face death in battle.
Neither the Church nor modern public opinion condemns petting, provided it stops short at a certain point.
Citizens as conceived by governments are persons who admire the status quo and are prepared to exert themselves for its preservation. Oddly enough, while all governments aim at producing men of this type to the exclusion of all other types, their heroes in the past are of exactly the sort that they
For over two thousand years it has been the custom among earnest moralists to decry happiness as something degraded and unworthy
I believe that Communism is necessary to the world, and I believe that the heroism of Russia has fired men's hopes in a way which was essential to the realization of Communism in the future. Regarded as a splendid attempt, without which ultimate success would have been very improbable, Bolshevism de
I went to Salt Lake City and the Mormons tried to convert me, but when I found they forbade tea and tobacco I thought it was no religion for me.
Our beliefs are, however, often contrary to fact.
The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts.
Americans need rest, but do not know it.
The question of "unreality"is a very important one. Misled by grammar, the great majority of those logicians who have dealt with this question have dealt with it on mistaken lines. They have regarded grammatical form as a surer guide in analysis than, in fact, it is. And they have not known what dif
BERTRAND RUSSELL, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism We've associated that word philosophy with academic study that in its own way has gotten so far beyond the layman that if you read contemporary philosophy you've no clue, because it's almost become math. And it's odd that if you don't do that and y
Envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness.
Whenever you find yourself getting angry about a difference of opinion, be on your guard; you will probably find, on examination, that your belief is going beyond what the evidence warrants.
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 Chris