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True progress — to better things — must be based on thought and knowledge. As
I see it, democracy encourages the nimble charlatan at the expense of the thinker
, and prefers the plausible wizard with quack remedies to the true statesman.
What is true of its fingers and its face is also true of its brain, but variety in this
organ has an infinitely greater significance. Within the brain there are some
18,000 millions of microscopic living units or nerve cells. These units are grouped
Not because what we say matters to anyone but ourselves, but because when we
fail to speak what we do believe is true — or substitute for what we think is true,
words which we think are not true — then inevitably we lose whatever ...
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Autobiographical essays by Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Dewey, Dreiser, H.G. Wells, Nansen, James Jeans, Babbitt, Arthur Keith, James Adams, H.L. Mencken, Julia Peterkin, Lewis Mumford, G.J. Nathan, Hu ... Read full review