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Type: Philosopher
Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 18/05/1872
Date of Death: 02/02/1970


 

Bertrand Russell Quotes > Do not fear to be eccentric...

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Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Bertrand Russell

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