• War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
  • The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
  • The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
  • In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
  • Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
  • Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
  • Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free.
  • Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
  • Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
  • It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
  • Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
  • Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.
  • Bertrand Russell