Who ever heard a theologian preface his creed, or a politician conclude his speech with an estimate of the probable error of his opinion?

-Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell

Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. Bertrand Russel

Bertrand Russell
Our individual life is brief, and perhaps the whole life of mankind will be brief if measured in astronomical scale
Bertrand Russell

There are two ways of avoiding fear: one is by persuading ourselves that we are immune from disaster, and the other is by the practice of sheer courage. The latter is difficult, and to everybody becomes impossible at a certain point. The former has therefore always been more popular. Primitive magic has the purpose of securing safety, either by injuring enemies, or by protecting oneself by talismans, spells, or incantations.

Bertrand Russell
If one lived for ever the joys of life would inevitably in the end lose their savour. As it is, they remain perennially fresh.
Bertrand Russell

Opinions which justify cruelty are inspired by cruel impulses.

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

Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.

Bertrand Russell
Pure mathematics consists entirely of assertions to the effect that, if such and such a proposition is true of anything, then suchand such another proposition is true of that thing.... Thus 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.
Bertrand Russell

Be isolated, be ignored, be attacked, be in doubt, be frightened, but do not be silenced.

Bertrand Russell
Patience and boredom are closely related. Boredom, a certain kind of boredom, is really impatience. You don't like the way things are, they aren't interesting enough for you, so you deccide- and boredom is a decision-that you are bored.