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One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 9
I have several times seen this quote or something very like it ascribed to Oscar Wilde, and I think I have seen it given as a quote from yet another person on this site; although I don't recall ever having seen a book source given with other accreditations.