Revised on July 22, 2014
Alex Trebek was born July 22, 1940
S. E. Hinton
Marcel Proust “Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”
He was born July 10, 1871 and he died on November 18, 1922, Paris, France
Swan’s Way was published in 1913, which was the year Albert Camus was born.
Nikola Tesla, John Wyndham, Joe Shuster, Alice Munro and
Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939 in Ottawa
"Immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous"
- Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness, 1932
Illustrated Quotes for a Livable World created by C.A. L’Hirondelle, July 2012
Bertrand Russell “Sceptical Essays” http://is.gd/ltOZJJ
Roger Fry (1866-1934) was as artist and art critic.
Russell Books ”The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell”
Ray Monk has published biographies of both Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell.
Derek Jarman (1942–1994), “Making my films is not difficult, funding them is, how they are perceived is another matter, I get so tired of conventional film.” (Kicking the Pricks)
Michael Gough (1916-2011) played Bertrand Russell in Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein (1993)
Bertrand Russell “Why won’t you just admit there’s no rhinoceros in this room?”
Karl Johnson was born March 1, 1948 in Wales. He played Wittgenstein.
Ludwig Wittgenstein: “Because, Professor Russell, the world is made up of facts, not things.”
Tilda Swinton was born November 5, 1960 in London, England
She played Lady Ottoline Morrell in Wittgenstein.
Wittgenstein in Cambridge: Letters and Documents 1911-1951
Henry Walter (‘H. Walter’) Barnett sepia platinum print, 1902
Ludwig Wittgenstein ”What can be said at all can be said clearly; and whereof one cannot speak thereof one must be silent.”
George Orwell ”To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.”
Bertrand Russell ”This condition of unintelligent respect on the part of the general public is exactly what the financier needs in order to remain unfettered by the democracy”
Frank Daniels III ”Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950.”
George Orwell ”The point is that we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.” (In Front of Your Nose)
Margaret Atwood ”I grew up with George Orwell. I was born in 1939, and Animal Farm was published in 1945. Thus, I was able to read it at the age of nine. It was lying around the house, and I mistook it for a book about talking animals, sort of like Wind in the Willows.” (Orwell and Me), 2003
George Orwell died in 1950 the year Bertrand Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
Ludwig Feuerbach “Man is what he eats.”
Feuerbach & Samuel Morse (the Morse Code) died in 1872 the year Bertrand Russell was born.
Russell died in 1970, the same year as E. M. Forster, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Sharpe (Darby O’Gill and the Little People), Erich Maria Remarque and Janis Joplin.
Jennifer Connelly, Minnie Driver, Queen Latifah, Tina Fey, Martha Plimpton, Uma Thurman and Rachel Weisz were born in 1970, the year Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch, Pierre Berton’s The National Dream and Robertson Davies’ Fifth Business were published.
Benicio Del Toro presenting Jennifer Connelly the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in A Beautiful Mind
“Ron Howard‘s acclaimed biopic of John Forbes Nash Jr., a brilliant mathematician, Nobel Prize winner in Economics, and schizophrenic. As the devoted wife of this complex man (played by Russell Crowe), Jennifer earned a wealth of critical accolades, including Golden Globe and American Film Institute Awards and a an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.”
John Nash “My beginning as a legally recognized individual occurred on June 13, 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia, in the Bluefield Sanitarium, a hospital that no longer exists.”
Nicholas Humphrey ”Bertrand Russell’s idea, put forward 80 years ago, is about as dangerous as they come. I don’t think I can better it: ‘I wish to propose for the reader’s favourable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe in a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true.’ (The opening lines of his Sceptical essays).”
Bertrand Russell wrote an introduction to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus
National Review “57. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Ludwig Wittgenstein” (“The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books Of The Century.” 1999)
Ray Monk “This is the only book Wittgenstein published in his lifetime, and is universally acknowledged to be a masterpiece.”
Daniel Dennett ”In 1939, Wittgenstein’s Cambridge seminar on the foundations of mathematics included a brilliant young mathematician, Alan Turing, who was giving his own course that term on the same topic.”
Roger Penrose ”This century has witnessed several revolutions in scientific thought and in technology. Relativity, quantum mechanics, antibiotics, genetics, aeroplanes, and television are some obvious examples. As the century draws to its close, however, it is another revolution that is now beginning to make the most profound mark on almost every aspect of our lives. This is the general-purpose computer.”
Andrew Hodges ”Alan Mathison Turing was born on 23 June 1912, the second and last child (after his brother John) of Julius Mathison and Ethel Sara Turing.”
Bryan Magee “Iris Murdoch, when you’re writing a novel on the one hand and philosophy on the other, are you actually conscious that you’re engaged in two radically different kinds of writing?”
Iris Murdoch ”Oh, very much so, yes. These two branches of thought have such different aims and such different styles.”
Economically speaking, George Orwell’s 1984 is private property, which means that censorship is a philosophical paradox in that although it is impossible to write a law telling us what ideas it is illegal for us to express or own as private property, censorship has been a common problem faced by artists and entertains through all of history.
Time STAFF “It’s both ironic and fitting that 1984 would join the American Library Association’s list of commonly challenged books given its bleak warning of totalitarian censorship. ”
Judy Blume on the Web: Is Harry Potter Evil?
"The real danger is not in the books, but in laughing off those who would ban them."
Julia Scheeres ”Kidspeak teaches kids about censorship and fighting for freedom of expression, using the fictional boy wizard as a case study.”
Sarah Polley “It is the job of artists to provoke and challenge. Part of the responsibility of being an artist in society is to create work that will inspire dialogue, suggest that people examine their long-held positions and, yes, occasionally offend in order to do so. I believe it is vital that some artists push the envelope, be provocative and, at times, make us feel a little uncomfortable. These moments of questioning our long held beliefs and moral codes are part of how we sort through the experience of being human. It is the fundamental job of the artist.”
Melissa Leong"When Sarah Polley was 18 years old, the first film that she wanted to make was an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s historical novel, Alias Grace.”