The chicken noticed that the farmer came every day to feed it. It predicted that the farmer would continue to bring food every day. Inductivists think that the chicken had "extrapolated" its observations into a theory, and that each feeding time added justification to that theory. Then one day the farmer came and wrung the chicken's neck. This inductively justifies the conclusion that induction cannot justify any conclusion.

-Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell

The Ten Commandments should be headed like an examination paper: No more than six to be attempted.

Bertrand Russell
Plato has dramatic strength ... but is quite unaware of the strength of the argument against his position ... and allows himself to be grossly unfair in arguing against it.
Bertrand Russell

We may say, in a broad way, that Greek philosophy down to Aristotle expresses the mentality appropriate to the City State; that Stoicism is appropriate to a cosmopolitan despotism; that stochastic philosophy is an intellectual expression of the Church as an organization; that philosophy since Descartes, or at any rate since Locke, tends to embody the prejudices of the commercial middle class; and that Marxism and Fascism are the philosophies appropriate to the modern industrial state.

Bertrand Russell
Never let yourself be diverted, either by what you wish to believe, or what you think could have beneficent social effects if it were believed; but look only and solely at what are the facts.
Bertrand Russell

Civilized people cannot fully satisfy their sexual instinct without love.

Bertrand Russell
In all the creative work that I have done, what has come first is a problem, a puzzle involving discomfort.
Bertrand Russell

God and Satan alike are essentially human figures, the one a projection of ourselves, the other of our enemies.

Bertrand Russell
Punctuality is a quality the need of which is bound up with social co-operation. It has nothing to do with the relation of the soul to God, or with mystic insight, or with any of the matters with which the more elevated and spiritual moralists are concerned.
Bertrand Russell

This illustrates an important truth, namely, that the worse your logic, the more interesting the consequences to which it gives rise.

Bertrand Russell
Upon hearing via Littlewood an exposition on the theory of relativity: To think I have spent my life on absolute muck.