Violent opposition from mediocre minds

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.

Albert Einstein,
in a letter to Morris Raphael Cohen,
professor emeritus of philosophy at the College of the City of New York,
defending the appointment of Bertrand Russell to a teaching position (19 March 1940).

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