Ideas from 'talk' by Ludwig Wittgenstein [1935], by Theme Structure

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1. Philosophy / A. Wisdom / 2. Wise People
If you hope to improve the world, all you can do is improve yourself
                        Full Idea: When Wittgenstein was once asked what one can do to improve the world, he replied: 'Improve yourself; that is the only thing you can do to improve the world'.
                        From: Ludwig Wittgenstein (talk [1935]), quoted by Ray Monk - Bertrand Russell: Ghost of Madness Ch.1
                        A reaction: This is rather startlingly pessimistic about politics, and I don't really believe it. If anything has ever improved me, it has usually come from the world, and been created by other people.