Early life and background[ edit ] Russell as a four-year-old Childhood home, Pembroke Lodge Bertrand Russell was born on 18 May at Ravenscroft, TrellechMonmouthshireinto an influential and liberal family of the British aristocracy. Lord Amberley consented to his wife's affair with their children's tutor, the biologist Douglas Spalding. Both were early advocates of birth control at a time when this was considered scandalous. His paternal grandfather, the Earl Russellhad been asked twice by Queen Victoria to form a government, serving her as Prime Minister in the s and s.
Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else. This is simply the constant radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be. Use it, then to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone and never in your power again. This makes it hard to plan the day. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit not a vegetable.
Wisdom is knowing not to include it in a fruit salad. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles but misguided men". The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you. Do not feel you have to follow is someone else's footsteps. American President Thomas Jefferson "He who awaits much can expect little.
Life is about creating yourself. You're only at fault if you know about the problem and choose to do nothing. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?
Patton "No good act performed in the world ever dies. Science tells us that no atom of matter can ever be destroyed, that no force once started ever ends; it merely passes through a multiplicity of ever-changing phases.
Every good deed done to others is a great force that starts an unending pulsation through time and eternity. We may not know it, we may never hear a word of gratitude or recognition, but it will all come back to us in some form as naturally, as perfectly, as inevitably, as echo answers to sound.
You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way. It is an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. Fellowship Of The Ring" by J R R Tolkien "There is no guarantee of reaching a goal at a certain time, but there is a guarantee of never attaining goals that are never set.
But why should love stop at the border? The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience. Novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley "People will not always remember what you said.
People will not always remember what you did.
But people will always remember how you made them feel". Anonymous "Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. Patton "Believe, no pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival".The other book by Douglass, released a year later, covered much the same ground and came to roughly similar conclusions, with substantial overlap but also including major additional elements drawn from the enormous volume of extremely suspicious material unearthed over the .
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works by contemporary pragmatists. W. V. Quine Sidney Hook Hilary Putnam Richard Rorty Nicholas Rescher Paul Kurtz Joseph Margolis Cornel West. W. V. Quine () Visit the Cambridge School of Pragmatism and the Quine website.. Quine, W. V. A System of Logistic. Skip introduction.
Isaiah Berlin’s publications Henry Hardy. Though like Our Lord and Socrates he does not publish much, he thinks and says a great deal and has had an enormous influence on our times.
About four years ago, I picked up my first Bertrand Russell book in a library, a collection of essays centered around his "Why I am not a Christian". The ideal of critical thinking is a central one in Russell's philosophy, though this is not yet generally recognized.
Russell's name seldom appears in the immense literature on critical thinking which has emerged in philosophy of education over the past twenty years.