To be out of harmony with one's surroundings is of course a misfortune, but it is not always a misfortune to be avoided at all costs. Where the environment is stupid or prejudiced or cruel, it is a sign of merit to be out of harmony with it.

-Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell

It's not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts.

Bertrand Russell
The practice of inhibiting impulses, which is to a great extent necessary to civilized life, makes mistakes easier, by preventing experience of the actions to which a desire would otherwise lead, and by often causing the inhibited impulses themselves to be unnoticed or quickly forgotten.
Bertrand Russell

Shakespeare . . . If he does not give you delight, you had better ignore him [if you can].

Bertrand Russell
Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent
Bertrand Russell

To us it seems that West-European civilization is civilization, but this is a narrow view.

Bertrand Russell
When you are studying any matter or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only: what are the facts, and what is the truth that the facts bear out. Never let yourself be diverted by what you wish to believe, but look only and surely at what are the facts.
Bertrand Russell

Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens.

Bertrand Russell
No opinion has ever been too errant to become a creed.
Bertrand Russell

In a logically perfect language, there will be one word and no more for every simple object, and everything that is not simple will be expressed by a combination of words, by a combination derived, of course, from the words for the simple things that enter in, one word for each simple component.

Bertrand Russell
The man who is unhappy will, as a rule, adopt an unhappy creed, while the man who is happy will adopt a happy creed; each may attribute his happiness or unhappiness to his beliefs, while the real causation is the other way round.