Bertrand Russell

March 31st, 2003 2:54 AM

From the introduction to Sceptical Essays:

There is no country where people tolerate the truth about themselves; at ordinary times, the truth is only thought ill-mannered, but in war-time it is thought criminal. Opposing systems of violent belief are built up, the falsehood of which is evident from the fact that they are only believed by those who share the same national bias.