Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

"I repeat, I emphatically repeat: ingenuos people and active figures are all active simply because they are dull and narrow-minded. How to explain it? Here's how: as a consequence of thier narrow-mindedness, they take the most immediate and secondary causes for the primary ones, and thus become convinced more quickly and easily than others that they have found an indisputable basis for their doings, and so they feel at ease; and that, after all, is the main thing. For in order to begin to act, one must first be completely at ease, so that no more doubts remain."

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