There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: British

Some suggestions for you :

It is necessary for the average citizen, if he wishes to make a living, to avoid incurring the hostility of certain big men. And these big men have an outlook - religious, moral, and political - with which they expect their employees to agree, at least outwardly.

Every proposition which we can understand must be composed wholly of constituents with which we are acquainted.

The right age for marriage is thirty-seven in men, eighteen in women.

There is no reason why the world could not have come into being without a cause; nor, on the other hand, is there any reason why it should not have always existed. There is no reason to suppose that the world had a beginning at all. The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our imagination.

The habit of looking to the future and thinking that the whole meaning of the present lies in what it will bring forth is a pernicious one. There can be no value in the whole unless there is value in the parts.

It is not my prayer and humility that you cause things to go as you wish, but by acquiring a knowledge of natural laws.

Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears, is painful, but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales.

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.

First: never use a long word if a short word will do. Second: if you want to make a statement with a great many qualifications, put some of the qualifications in separate sentences. Third: do not let the beginning of your sentence lead the reader to an expectation which is contradicted by the end.

Suffering to the criminal can never be justified by the notion of vindictive punishment. If education combined with kindness is equally effective, it is to be preferred; still more is it to be preferred if it is more effective.

But in the 'nineties young men desired something more sweeping and passionate, more bold and less bland.

The heterosexual emotions of young children can find a natural, wholesome and innocent outlet with other children; in this form they are a part of play, and like all play, they afford a preparation for adult activities.

Whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.

Happiness, as is evident, depends partly upon external circumstances and partly upon oneself.