Bertrand Russell Quotes
Birth PlaceTrellech, Monmouthshire, UK
Death PlacePenrhyndeudraeth, Wales, UK
SpouseAlys Pearsall Smith, Dora Winifred Black, Edith Finch, Patricia Helen Spence
EducationTrinity College, Cambridge (1890–1895)
A logician par excellence, Bertrand Russell was also known for his impeccable sense of humor and witty retorts. Apparently once he made a claim that if 1+1 =1 is true, then it is possible to prove anything true. Someone decided to put Russell to test and asked the man to prove that he was the Pope. Russell mulled over the question for a while and then answered, "I am one. The Pope is one. Therefore, the Pope and I are one."
The logician was also one of the masterminds behind analytic philosophy and a champion of the anti-war movement. After the infamous ‘World War II’, a Cold War ensued between the Eastern and Western Bloc. Bertrand was invited to deliver a lecture on politics in England during this conflict-stricken period. Since he was a leftist, the members of the Conservative club did not take a liking to the speaker. Enraged by his views, the ladies started assaulting Russell with whatever they could lay their hands on. The guard on duty was faced with a predicament, since the assaulters were women, he could not be rude to them but he also had to save Bernard. This guard tried his best to pacify the women and felt maybe they would mellow down if he told them about how influential Russell was. He first said "But he is a great mathematician!" but the mob ignored him. Later, the guard tried a different tactic and this time he shouted "But he is a great philosopher!" However, there was no effect on the ladies as they continued to ignore his pleas. Finally the guard uttered, "But his brother is an earl!" Fortunately, this time the guard got the attention of the ladies and Bernard was finally rescued.