The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts.
Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
I am looking forward very much to getting back to Cambridge, and being able to say what I think and not to mean what I say: two things which at home are impossible. Cambridge is one of the few places where one can talk unlimited nonsense and generalities without anyone pulling one up or confronting
America remained a land of promise for lovers of freedom. Even Byron, at a moment when he was disgusted with Napoleon for not committing suicide, wrote an eloquent stanza in praise of Washington.
The true function of logic ... as applied to matters of experience ... is analytic rather than constructive; taken a priori, it shows the possibility of hitherto unsuspected alternatives more often than the impossibility of alternatives which seemed prima facie possible. Thus, while it liberates ima
I have throughout been curious about how much we can be said to know and with what degree of certainty or doubtfulness.
When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.
Force plays a much larger part in the government of the world than it did before 1914, and what is especially alarming, force tends increasingly to fall into the hands of those who are enemies of civilization.
The first essential character [of civilization], I should say, is forethought. This, I would say, is what distinguishes men from brutes and adults from children.
The essence of good manners consists in making it clear that one has no wish to hurt. When it is clearly necessary to hurt, it must be done in such a way as to make it evident that the necessity is felt to be regrettable.
There is an artist imprisoned in each one of us. Let him loose to spread joy everywhere.
Orthodoxy is the death of intelligence.
The purpose of education is to teach a defense against eloquence.
Of course not. After all, I may be wrong.
[Man] ... his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labour of the ages, all the devotion,
An Honest politician will not be tolerated by a democracy unless he is very stupid ... because only a very stupid man can honestly share the prejudices of more than half the nation.
Philosophy is an unusually ingenious attempt to think fallaciously.
The triumph of science has been mainly due to its practical utility, and there has been an attempt to divorce this aspect from that of theory, thus making science more and more a technique, and less and less a doctrine as to the nature of the world. The penetration of this point of view to philosoph
For over two thousand years it has been the custom among earnest moralists to decry happiness as something degraded and unworthy
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
Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens.
Envy was one of the most potent causes of unhappiness.
Religion is based ... mainly upon fear ... fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a
[There are m]oral precepts that we consider really important, such as 'don't pick your nose' or 'don't eat peas with a knife'. There may, for ought I know, be admirable reasons for eating peas with a knife, but . . . early persuasion has made me completely incapable of appreciating them.
Protestants, from the first, have been distinguished from their opponents by what they do not believe; to throw over one more dogma is, therefore, merely to carry the movement one stage further. Moral fervor is the essence of the matter.
I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. Bertrand Russel
[One] must look into hell before one has any right to speak of heaven.
If the West can claim superiority in anything, it is . . . in science and scientific technique.
I often long to . . . give up my life to love of my neighbour. This is really a temptation.
There's a Bible on that shelf there. But I keep it next to Voltaire - poison and antidote.