The Debater's Handbook and Controversialist's Companion ...

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Houlston and Sons, 1874 - 104 lappuses

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33. lappuse - Upon the word, Accoutred as I was, I plunged in And bade him follow; so indeed he did. The torrent roar'd, and we did buffet it With lusty sinews, throwing it aside And stemming it with hearts of controversy; But ere we could arrive the point propos'd, Caesar cried, 'Help me, Cassius, or I sink!
33. lappuse - And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously by licensing and prohibiting to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple. Who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter ? Her confuting is the best and surest suppressing.
24. lappuse - But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth : if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
6. lappuse - Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
6. lappuse - He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty obliges us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.
57. lappuse - Of no more subtle master under heaven Than is the maiden passion for a maid, Not only to keep down the base in man, But teach high thought, and amiable words, And courtliness, and the desire of fame, And love of truth, and all that makes a man.
21. lappuse - If it were inquired what is to be regarded as the most appropriate intellectual occupation of MAN, as man, what would be the answer ? The Statesman is engaged with political affairs ; the Soldier with military ; the Mathematician, with the properties of numbers and magnitudes; the Merchant, with commercial concerns, &,c.; but in what are all and each of these employed?
32. lappuse - Tis in the advance of individual minds That the slow crowd should ground their expectation Eventually to follow ; as the sea Waits ages in its bed till some one wave Out of the multitudinous mass, extends The empire of the whole, some feet perhaps, Over the strip of sand which could confine Its fellows so long time : thenceforth the rest, Even to the meanest, hurry in at once, And so much is clear gained.
41. lappuse - ... useless if they sharpen and regulate the intellect). Controversy is the best gymnastic of the mind, and by the culture of the noblest capacities of the soul it gives the mind the vigour that conduces to victory. It supplies, too, the best means of forcibly impressing the thoughtful mind ; for — " Truth's like a torch — the more it's shook it shines.
13. lappuse - He set us the example of blending the understanding and the imagination, and that, following it ourselves, we tread in His steps, and help our race on to its better and best days. Knowledge, as all followers of it must know, has a very limited power indeed, when it informs the head alone ; but when it informs the head and the heart too, it has a power over life and death, the body and the soul, and dominates the universe.

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