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TOTD 23 Apr 2002

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavour after a worthy manner of life.

-Bertrand Russell

As for courage and will -- we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.

-Andre Norton

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lettucethink
Apr. 23rd, 2002 11:34 pm (UTC)
I think the Russel quote is from this essay, although I don't feel like browsing the whole thing to make sure.
kmo
Apr. 24th, 2002 10:38 am (UTC)
Re:
I grepped thru the essay for the word "fear." I found the following:

"Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother, who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing -- fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand-in-hand."
lettucethink
Apr. 24th, 2002 10:49 am (UTC)
Bertrand Russell has to be one of the most quotable people ever to live. I wonder if he wrote with quotability in mind?

Funny aside: I used to think Bertrand Russell was a woman. It was the name.
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