Reflections

“I cannot believe that this is to be the end…There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? I appeal as a human being to human beings: remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, nothing lies before you but universal death.”

Bertrand Russell, 1956 (excerpt from ‘Man’s Peril’), from The basic writings of Bertrand Russell

“The game may be played without misfortune a few times, but sooner or later it will come to be felt that loss of face is more dreadful than nuclear annihilation. The moment will come when neither side can face the derisive cry of ‘Chicken!’ from the other side. When that moment is come, the statesmen of both sides will plunge the world into destruction.”

Bertrand Russell, 1959 (excerpt from ‘Methods for Settling Disputes in the Nuclear Age’), from The basic writings of Bertrand Russell

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