It's said of him that he never wrote an ugly sentence in his life!
Bertrand Russell was also a brave supporter of those unable to defend themselves against authority and the ruling dogma of the time, for example, he was committed to helping conscientious objectors and twice was sent to jail for his activism.
"The first war made me feel it just wouldn't do to live in an ivory tower," said Bertrand Russell in an interview conducted on 4 March 1959 by the BBC TV programme Face to Face with John Freeman.
Academics, Russell said, could not remain cut off from the real world. It was the brutal brush with the realities of the 1914-1918 war that propelled the great man into turning away from traditional philosophy within the confines of academic life, and into becoming an activist and a revolutionary, committing himself wholeheartedly to social reform and politics.