Cynicism such as one finds very frequently among the most highly educated young men and women of the West, results from the combination of comfort and powerlessness.
In the great depression, things could only be set right by causing the idle plant to work again . . . Roosevelt . . . spent billions of public money and created a huge public debt, but by so doing he revived production and brought his country out of the depression. Businessmen, who in spite of such
The fundamental defect of Christian ethics consists in the fact that it labels certain classes of acts 'sins' and others 'virtue' on grounds that have nothing to do with their social consequences.
The teaching of Christ, as it appears in the Gospels, has had extraordinarily little to do with the ethics of Christians.
No great achievement is possible without persistent work.
It seems to me now that mathematics is capable of an artistic excellence as great as that of any music, perhaps greater; not because the pleasure it gives (although very pure) is comparable, either in intensity or in the number of people who feel it, to that of music, but because it gives in absolut
An extra-terrestrial philosopher, who had watched a single youth up to the age of twenty-one and had never come across any other human being, might conclude that it is the nature of human beings to grow continually taller and wiser in an indefinite progress towards perfection; and this generalizatio
The very best proof that something can be done is that someone has already done it.
It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.
It is a curious and painful fact that almost all the completely futile treatments that have been believed in during the long history of medical folly have been such as caused acute suffering to the patient. When anesthetics were discovered, pious people considered them an attempt to evade the will o
Right conduct can never, except by some rare accident, be promoted by ignorance or hindered by knowledge.
This is one of those views which are so absolutely absurd that only very learned men could possibly adopt them.
War does not determine who is right - only who is left. Bertrand Russel
Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine.
And all this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather than that any one of them sh
We must be sceptical even of our scepticism.
There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.
For over two thousand years it has been the custom among earnest moralists to decry happiness as something degraded and unworthy
You may, if you are an old-fashioned schoolmaster, wish to consider yourself full of universal benevolence and at the same time derive great pleasure from caning boys. In order to reconcile these two desires you have to persuade yourself that caning
it [is] possible to suppose that, if Russia is allowed to have peace, an amazing industrial development may take place, making Russia a rival of the United States.
Science tells us what we can know but what we can know is little and if we forget how much we cannot know we become insensitive of many things of very great importance. Theology, on the other hand induces a dogmatic belief that we have knowledge where in fact we have ignorance and by doing so genera
Analytic It is clear that the definition of "logic" or "mathematics" must be sought by trying to give a new definition of the old notion of "analytic" propositions.
It is only in marriage with the world that our ideals can bear fruit; divorced from it, they remain barren.
All religions are both harmful and untrue.
Cruel men believe in a cruel god and use their belief to excuse their cruelty. Only kindly men believe in a kindly god, and they would be kindly in any case.
It is amusing to hear the modern Christian telling you how mild and rationalistic Christianity really is and ignoring the fact that all its mildness and rationalism is due to the teaching of men who in their own day were persecuted by all orthodox Christians.
I am myself a dissenter from all known religions, and I hope that every kind of religious belief will die out.
Our individual life is brief, and perhaps the whole life of mankind will be brief if measured in astronomical scale
Sin is geographical.
Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, the chief glory of man.