Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
The very best proof that something can be done is that someone has already done it.
A world without delight and without affection is a world destitute of value.
Sin is geographical. Bertrand Russel
In regard to the past, where contemplation is not obscured by desire and the need for action, we see, more clearly than in the lives about us, the value for good and evil, of the aims men have pursued and the means they have adopted. It is good, from time to time, to view the present as already past
... mathematical knowledge ... is, in fact, merely verbal knowledge. "3" means "2+1", and "4" means "3+1". Hence it follows (though the proof is long) that "4" means the same as "2+2". Thus mathematical knowledge ceases to be mysterious.
Our individual life is brief, and perhaps the whole life of mankind will be brief if measured in astronomical scale
Affection cannot be created; it can only be liberated.
Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are miserable, all will believe
The secrets to happiness include enterprise, exploration of one's interests and the overcoming of obstacles.
Televison allows thousands of people to laugh at the same joke and still remain alone.
When Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning-rod, the clergy, both in England and America, with enthusiastic support of George III, condemned it as an impious attempt to defeat the will of God.
The typical Westerner wishes to be the cause of as many changes as possible in his environment; the typical Chinaman wishes to enjoy as much and as delicately as possible.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
I feel as if one would only discover on one's death bed what one ought to have lived for
Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
To abandon the struggle for private happiness, to expel all eagerness of temporary desire, to burn with passion for eternal things-this is emancipation, and this is the free man's worship... United with his fellow men by the strongest of all ties, the tie of a common doom, the free man finds that a
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
As soon as we abandon our own reason, and are content to rely upon authority, there is no end to our trouble. . . . No Catholic, for instance, takes seriously the text which says that a Bishop should be the husband of one wife.
... the momentary state of science that may change tomorrow ...
Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires. Bertrand Russel
There is no reason to suppose that the world had a beginning at all. The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our thoughts.
We need a science to save us from science.
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
There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge. Bertrand Rus
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
The State is a collection of officials, different for difference purposes, drawing comfortable incomes so long as the status quo is preserved. The only alteration they are likely to desire in the status quo is an increase of bureaucracy and the power of bureaucrats.
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.
Hitler is an outcome of Rousseau.
You find this curious fact, that the more intense has been the religion of any period and more profound has been the dogmatic belief, the greater has been the cruelty and the worse has been the state of affairs. In the so called age of faith, when men really did believe the Christian religion in all