"The theoretical understanding of the world, which is the aim of philosophy, is not a matter of great practical importance to animals, or to savages, or even to most civilised men."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Bertrand Russell on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Bertrand Russell on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Bertrand Russell on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Bertrand Russell on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Bertrand Russell on Winston Churchill
"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."