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How weak and foolish seem now the paltry motives, the mean fears which I vainly endeavoured to mistake for a broad-minded freedom from prejudice

October 7, 2009

On 5/12/1892 Bertrand Russell wrote a prayer in is journal before he gave up belief in God: O God forgive me; I have sinned grievously. What the others did, that I did also for fear…lest I should seem prig…How weak and foolish seem now the paltry motives, the mean fears which I vainly endeavoured to mistake for a broad-minded freedom from prejudice…grant that I may…draw the line justly between harmless merriment and vicious jesting. May I no more do that which in my heart I abhor to win the paltry and ephemeral good will of those whose respect I forfeit by the very course which deference to them has led me into.

Bertrand Russell, in Ray Monk, Bertrand Russell, vol.1, 1997, pp.49-50

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