Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Healthy Question Marks

'In all affairs, it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on things you have long taken for granted.'
--Bertrand Russell. You can go here to sample from the online archives of the noted British philosopher, essayist and peace activist, who died in 1970.

7 Comments:

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Mr. Bluster said...

Here's another good quote, related by John Graves:

"For ourselves we measure—for our guests we just pour." Bertrand Russell, when his secretary started to use a shot glass to measure while fixing my drink of bourbon neat.

http://www.thegravesite.com/faboutjohn.html

 
At 9:45 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

That's certainly an unexpected addition.

 
At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Mr. Bluster said...

It was a toss-up between that one and the knee-slapper about Gödel, Wittgenstein and the blind rabbi.

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Now, that made me chuckle. You have an appealingly dry wit, doubly so for someone who lives south of the Mason-Dixon line.

 
At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Mr. Bluster said...

Thanks, I've probably read too much Woody Allen.

 
At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Mr. Bluster said...

And Orson Bean.

 
At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Mr. Bluster said...

From Boing Boing: The typos in this Bertrand Russell quote could be fodder for a lengthy Douglas Hofstadter essay.

 

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