One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) English mathematician and philosopher
The Conquest of Happiness, ch. 9 (1930)
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  1. David Newman says:

    This web page gives this quotation the following citation: – Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness (1930), Ch. 9

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