Choice cuts: a personal selection of excerpts from philosopher Bertrand Russell’s 1917 essay Political Ideals

NPG x84663; Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell by Bassano

Bertrand Russell poses with his pipe for a picture made in London prior to WWI by English portrait photographer Alexander Bassano (1829-1913) Source: National Portrait Gallery Licence: Wikimedia Commons





 Over the next few days I would like to share a few of my favourite lines from Bertrand Russell’s book Political Ideals. To accompany them I will be selecting some historical photos from the era. For one reason or another these excerpts chime with me personally or have a broader significance. This is the first:

So far as it lies in a person’s power, life will realise its best possibilities if it has three things: creative rather than possessive impulses, reverence for others, and respect for the fundamental impulse in himself

Political Ideals by Bertrand Russell (1917)