On Eccentricity: Bertrand Russell's Seventh Commandment for Teaching
The seventh of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on respecting eccentricity.
(7) Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
~Bertrand Russell, from his "Ten Commandments" of the liberal outlook as it appears in his 1951 New York Times op-ed, "The Best Answer to Fanaticism—Liberalism."