debate

A Quote by Jonathan Swift on debate, design, dogs, genius, horses, instinct, lies, nature, obstinacy, and talent

Brutes find out where their talents lie; A bear will not attempt to fly, A foundered horse will oft debate Before he tries a five barred gate. A dog by instinct turns aside Who sees the ditch too deep and wide, But man we find the only creature Who, led by folly, combats nature; Who, when she loudly cries-Forbear! With obstinacy fixes there; And where the genius least inclines, Absurdly bends his whole designs.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by John Heywood on debate and men

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And while I at length debate and beate the bush, There shall steppe in other men and catch the burdes.

John Heywood (1497? - 1580)

Source: Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii. 1546

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A Quote by John Adams on america, debate, decisions, independence, men, questions, and resolution

Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that those United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Letter to Mrs. Adams, July 3, 1776.

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A Quote by Jane Garmey on debate, earth, facts, garden, impulses, and time

It's amazing how much time one can spend in a garden doing nothing at all. I sometimes think, in fact, that the nicest part of gardening is walking around in a daze, idly deadheading the odd dahlia, wondering where on earth to squeeze in yet another impulse buy, debating whether to move the recalcitrant artemisia one more time, or daydreaming about where to put the pergola.

Jane Garmey

Source: A Writer in the Garden

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A Quote by Clive Staples (Jack) Lewis on debate and faith

Regarding the debate about faith and works: It's like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most important.

Jack Lewis (1898 - 1963)

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A Quote by Hugh W. Nibley on acceptance, belief, compliments, debate, justice, kindness, life, philosophy, tolerance, and worth

A true philosopher can no more pass by the open door of a free discussion than an alcoholic can pass by the open door of a saloon. Since my hosts have been kind enough to invite me to say what I think, the highest compliment I can pay to their tolerance and liberality will be to do just that. This is not going to be a debate. I would be the most unteachable of mortals if at this stage of life I still believed that one could get anywhere arguing with a dialectician. One might as well attempt to pacify or intimidate a walrus by tossing sardines at him as to bait a philosopher with arguments. I have accepted your kind invitation because I think the subject is worth discussing.

Hugh W. Nibley

Source: "Do Religion and History Conflict?" p. 22

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A Quote by George Orwell on debate, heart, power, thought, and understanding

The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right.

George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

Source: 1984, 1948

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A Quote by George F. Will on debate, government, ideas, individuality, liberty, power, and value

[Libertarian presidential candidate André Marrou's] idea is that "government power is opposed to individual liberty." Must we still debate such sophomoric notions?... Besides, liberty, although very important, is not the only value.

George F. Will (1941 -)

Source: 1992

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A Quote by Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton on debate

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Here Stanley meets, how Stanley scorns the glance! The brilliant chief, -irregularly great, Frank, haughty, rash, -the Rupert of Debate

Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)

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A Quote by Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton on debate

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The brilliant chief, irregularly great, Frank, haughty, rash, - the Rupert of debate!

Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873)

Source: The New Timon. (1846.) Part i.

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