A Quote by Dr. William Ralph Inge, KC, VO, FBA, DD on argument, enemies, and freedom

The enemies of Freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.

William Inge (1860 - 1954)

Source: "End of an Age"

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A Quote by William Gibbs McAdoo on argument, defeat, and impossibility

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.

William Gibbs McAdoo (1863 - 1941)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on argument, catholicism, church, past, and world

Mysticism has been in the past and probably ever will be one of the great powers of the world, and it is bad scholarship to pretend the contrary. You may argue against it but you should no more treat it with disrespect than a perfectly cultivated writer would treat (say) the Catholic Church or the Church of Luther no matter how much he disliked them.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Letter to author Laurence Housman (10 October 1893)

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A Quote by William Bateson on argument, authority, commitment, courage, debate, encouragement, evolution, facts, failure, faith, familiarity, imagination, irony, popularity, power, research, simplicity, theory, and value

Empirical confirmation of Darwin's theory did not prove forthcoming in the first few decades following its publication. Indeed, by the early twentieth century, many noted naturalists had come to regard Darwin's account of evolution by natural selection as a theoretical failure. Some even described their continuing commitment to evolution as a matter of faith, rather an ironic justification in light of the impending Scopes trial of 1925. "I suppose that everyone is familiar in outline with the theory of the origin of species which Darwin promulgated. Through the last fifty years this theme of the natural selection of favored races has been developed and expounded in writings innumerable. Favored races certainly can replace others. The argument is sound, but we are doubtful of its value. For us that debate stands adjourned. We go to Darwin for his incomparable collection of facts. We would fain emulate his scholarship, his width and his power of exposition, but to us he speaks no more with philosophical authority. We read his scheme of evolution as we would those of Leucretius or of Lamarck, delighting in their simplicity and courage." "Modern research lends not the smallest encouragement or sanction to the view that gradual evolution occurs by the transformation of masses of individuals, though that fancy has fixed itself on popular imagination."

William Bateson (1861 - 1926)

Source: Address of the President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, August 14, 1914

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A Quote by Wendell Berry on argument, dawn, and day

I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods. Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.

Wendell Berry (1934 -)

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on argument, men, and nature

Men argue; nature acts.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by unknown on argument, authors, eternity, god, power, purpose, and soul

God does nothing vain. When He gives a power, it is for a purpose, it is that it may reach an end. Now what I argue is this: Since He has put in my soul a germ that can grow to eternity, He means that it shall grow to eternity. -Author Unknown


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A Quote by unknown on absence, argument, assumptions, congress, government, history, laws, power, and service

The Government contends . . . that the earliest Congresses enacted statutes that required the participation of state officials in the implementation of federal laws . . . we do not think the early statues imposing obligations on state courts imply a power of Congress to impress the state executive into its service. Indeed, it can be argued that the numerousness of these statutes, contrasted with the utter lack of statutes imposing obligations on the States' executive (notwithstanding the attractiveness of that course to Congress), suggests an assumed absence of such power. . . . To complete the historical record, we must note that there is not only an absence of executive commandeering statutes in the early Congress, but there is an absence of them in our later history as well, at least until very recent years.


Source: U.S. Supreme Court, 1997, Printz v. United States

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A Quote by unknown on argument

If you really want the last word in an argument, try saying, 'I guess you're right.'


Source: Funny Funny World

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A Quote by unknown on argument, books, friendship, good, hell, history, justice, life, and theory

I know the argument friend. It's the great theory of history. I've heard it before. It says when things ain't good, instead of getting down and doing something about it, instead of changing your life, it's a hell of a lot easier to blame somebody else. And it just don't wash in my book.


Source: Talk Radio

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