Quotes of Wisdom: Bertrand Russell on the Decay of the Modern World

In the modern world there is hardly any leisure, not because men work harder than they did, but because their pleasures have become as strenuous as their work. The result of that, while cleverness has increased, wisdom has decreased because no one has time for the slow thoughts out of which wisdom, drop by drop, is distilled. A problem such as the prevention of war, the urgency of which is obvious to every one, is dismissed with a shrug of the shoulders in the hope that circumstances will solve it without the aid of human thought. But circumstances, unaided, are not likely to be so kind.

~ Bertrand Russell

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