On Opposition: Bertrand Russell's Fourth Commandment
The fourth of the great British philosopher's list of rules for living and learning. This time, on overcoming opposition.
(4) When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
~Bertrand Russell, from his "Ten Commandments" of the liberal outlook as it appears in his 1951 New York Timesop-ed, "The Best Answer to Fanaticism—Liberalism."