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Single Idea 21584

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 1. Nature of Wisdom]

Full Idea

Both in thought and in feeling, to realize the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.

Gist of Idea

A sense of timelessness is essential to wisdom


Bertrand Russell (Our Knowledge of the External World [1914], 6)

A Reaction

A very rationalist and un-Heraclitean view of wisdom. This picture may give wisdom a bad name, if wise people are (at a minimum) at least expected to give good advice about real life.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Our Knowledge of the External World' [Routledge 1993], p.171