One of the most interesting and harmful delusions to which men and nations can be subjected is that of imagining themselves special instruments of the Divine Will.

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Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) English mathematician and philosopher
“Ideas That Have Harmed Mankind,” Unpopular Essays (1950)

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  1. mortimerzilch

    try telling that to Joan of Arc, or Moses. It is delusional when it’s delusional, and it’s not delusional when it’s not delusional.

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