Monday, January 15, 2007


Thought of the Day

I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

I always like the LW quotes, but this was one I didn't recognize and seemed unlikely. A quick google revealed many sites that attribute this to LW (or more accurately to "Wittgenstein" - a relative of LW, perhaps) plus an Aussie one that thinks the words are Nietzsche's, even more unlikely methinks. I couldn't find a source, but the wonderful google machine did unearth this gem from golf digest (now I'm pretty sure LW never made it to Phoenix (he did visit Cornell for a while) with his golfing buddies, but what do i know):

The benefit of preparation is that it eliminates future discomfort. In short, it saves you and your buddies from turning into whining existentialists. I think Wittgenstein was three hours into a golf trip to Phoenix when he famously remarked to his foursome, "I don't know why we're here..." That's Ludwig, a whining existentialist!
Even if he didn't really say it, I like it and that it's attributed to him. When did you get into golf?
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