Monday, March 17, 2014

Bertrand Russell - Secret of my Success

This quote comes from Ved Mehta's 'Fly and the Fly Bottle' about his conversations with British philosophers. At the end of his meeting with Russell he told him the following:

"'When I was an undergraduate, he said, sucking his pipe, 'there were many boys cleverer than I, but I surpassed them, because while they where dégagé, I had passion and fed on controversy. My grandmother was a woman of caustic and bitter wit. When she was eighty-three, she became kind and gentle. I had never found her so reasonable. She noticed the change in herself, and, reading the handwriting on the wall, she said to me, “Bertie, I'll soon be dead.” And she soon was.

1 comment:

igneos geos said...

He was equally good about science:

'Most Oxford philosophers know nothing about science,' he said. 'Oxford and Cambridge are the last medieval islands – all right for first class people. But their security is harmful to second class people – it makes them insular and gaga. This is why English academic life is creative for some but sterile for many.