A Quote by William Butler Yeats on quarrel, poetry, and rhetoric

"Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric;
out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry."

~William Butler Yeats~

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, truth, and rhetoric

Philosophy exists in profoundest opposition to rhetoric, which is speaking for the sake of producing or controlling some effect in others' perceptions.  Philosophy is about the caustic or cauterizing effect of the truth, not the currying of sensibilities.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Chinua Achebe on skepticism, parroting, and rhetoric

You must develop the habit of skepticism, not swallow every piece of superstition you are told by witch-doctors and professors.  I see too much parroting, to much regurgitation of half-digested radical rhetoric…

Chinua Achebe (1930 -)

Source: Anthills of the Savannah, Pages: 160-161

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A Quote by Sol Luckman on character, writing, creativity, creation, co-creation, imagination, manifestation, rhetoric, heart, human, journey, path, imaginal, language, fiction, autobiography, and metafiction

I’m arguably the least real of all my characters, a state of affairs for which I make no apologies, being, indeed, altogether proud of the fact. I am, as it were, the created creating--a paradox, for all its rhetorical trappings, at the beating heart of our shared human journey, and one I invite you to struggle with just as I have while, day in and day out, word by word and line by line, constructing a fictitious autobiography for myself in these pages.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 24

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on poetry and rhetoric

Out of our quarrels with others we make rhetoric. Out of our quarrels with ourselves we make poetry.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

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A Quote by Thomas Szasz on religion and rhetoric

The basic ingredients of psychotherapy are religion, rhetoric, and repression, which are themselves mutually overlapping categories.

Thomas Szasz (1920 - ?)

Source: The Myth of Psychotherapy, 1978.

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A Quote by Shaftesbury on rhetoric, sage, seriousness, suspicion, and wit

'T was the saying of an ancient sage (Gorgias Leontinus, apud Aristotle's "Rhetoric," lib. iii. c. 18), that humour was the only test of gravity, and gravity of humour. For a subject which would not bear raillery was suspicious; and a jest which would not bear a serious examination was certainly false wit.


Source: Essay on the Freedom of Wit and Humour, sect. 5.

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on rhetoric

For rhetoric, he could not ope His mouth, but out there flew a trope.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 81.

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A Quote by Rush H. Limbaugh III on christmas, communism, day, defense, evil, liberals, rhetoric, and speech

National Defense A strong USA defense brought down the Soviet Union. It was Ronald Reagan - first in a speech at Notre Dame University in May 1981, then his 'Evil Empire' speech of March 1983 - who most eloquently declared communism's imminent demise. Reagan was right. And even Soviet officials attribute Ronald Reagan's rhetoric and foreign policy to bringing down that 'evil empire.' By Christmas Day, 1990, the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Liberals wished it were other things.

Rush Limbaugh (1951 -)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on rhetoric and theology

I consider theology to be the rhetoric of morals.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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