Thursday, September 05, 2013



Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), "Voltaire's Influence on Me," Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 6 (1958) 157-162, quoted by Paul Johnson, Intellectuals (New York: Harper & Row, 1988), p. 209:
No opinion should be held with fervour. No one holds with fervour that seven times eight is fifty-six, because it can be known that this is the case. Fervour is only necessary in commending an opinion which is doubtful or demonstrably false.

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