Perhaps the best hope for the future of mankind is that ways will be found of increasing the scope and intensity of sympathy.

-Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell

I greatly doubt whether the men who become pirate chiefs are those who are filled with retrospective terror of their fathers, or whether Napoleon , at Austerlitz, really felt that he was getting even with Madame Mère. I know nothing of the mother of Attila , but I rather suspect that she spoilt the little darling, who subsequently found the world irritating because it sometimes resisted his whims.

Bertrand Russell
Any philosophy worth taking seriously would have to be built upon a firm foundation of unyielding despair.
Bertrand Russell

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. Bertrand Russel

Bertrand Russell
Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires. Bertrand Rus
Bertrand Russell

I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.

Bertrand Russell
I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: "The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair." In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
Bertrand Russell

Politics is concerned with herds rather than with individuals, and the passions which are important in politics are, therefore, those in which the various members of a given herd can feel alike.

Bertrand Russell
On the one hand, philosophy is to keep us thinking about things that we may come to know, and on the other hand to keep us modestly aware of how much that seems like knowledge isn't knowledge
Bertrand Russell

It would now be technically possible to unify the world, abolish war and poverty altogether, if men desired their own happiness more than the misery of their enemies.

Bertrand Russell
Insight, untested and unsupported, is an uncertain guarantee of the truth.