Lets hear it for Collingwood!

Not the football team you galahs, this man.

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Nicholas Gruen
17 years ago

Hear hear.

Here’s one of many favourite quotes.

I am nearly fifty, and cannot in any case hope for more than a few years in which I can do my best work. I take this opportunity, therefore, of saying that I will not be drawn into discussion of what I write. Some readers may wish to convince me that it is all nonsense. I know how they would do it; I could invent their criticisms for myself. Some may wish to show me that on this or that detail I am wrong. Perhaps I am; if they are in a position to prove it, let them write ot about me but about the subject, showing that they can write about it better than I can; and I will read them gladly. And if there are any who think my work good, let them show their approval of it by attention to their own. So, perhaps I may escape otherwise than by death the last humiliation of an aged scholar, when his juniors conspire to print a volume of essays and offer it to him as a sign that they now consider him senile.

A stroppy bastard, but a very simple and powerful philosopher I reckon. He died just a few years after writing this piece which is in his autobiography. He knew he was sick – from memory a weak heart. Not unlike Keynes in that respect. And also a polymath.

Ken Parish
17 years ago

I thought you meant that bloke who got a double century for the Poms yesterday.