Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-American physicist
Letter to Morris Raphael Cohen (19 Mar 1940)

Einstein was writing to Cohen, professor emeritus of philosophy at the College of the City of New York, defending the appointment of Bertrand Russell to a teaching post.

Added on 16-Feb-04 | Last updated 12-Jun-09
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