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.
This quote makes me laugh every time I think of it, partially because it reminds me of Thoreau’s,
The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?”
Russell’s quote describes my life more than Thoreau’s does. Do you relate to either of them?