The Conquest of Happiness
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The result of this is that the conscious mind gets no rest from a certain small number of matters, each of which probably involves some anxiety and some element of worry.
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If he can persuade himself that the universe is equally tidy, he can feel almost equally safe when he has to venture forth into the streets.These illustrations suggest four general maxims, which will prove an adequate preventive of persecution mania if their truth is sufficiently realized.
The Conquest of Happiness | Bertrand Russell | Taylor
Conventional morality inculcates a degree of altruism of which human nature is scarcely capable, and those who pride themselves upon their virtue often imagine that they attain this unattainable idea. Napoleon suffered at school from inferiority to his schoolfellows, who were rich aristocrats, while he was a penurious scholarship boy.There is no arguing with mood; it can be changed by some fortunate event, or by a change in our bodily condition, but it cannot be changed by argument.