"One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Bertrand Russell on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Bertrand Russell on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Bertrand Russell on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Bertrand Russell on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Bertrand Russell on Abraham Lincoln
"To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it."
"It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion."
"Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age."
"Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself."
"Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change."