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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
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  The bitter clamor of two eager tongues.
Shakespeare.    
  1
  Religious contention is the devil’s harvest.
La Fontaine.    
  2
  Free and fair discussion will ever be found the firmest friend to truth.
George Campbell.    
  3
  Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.
Macaulay.    
  4
  The fair way of conducting a dispute is to exhibit, one by one, the arguments of your opponent, and, with each argument, the precise and specific answer you are able to make to it.
Paley.    
  5
  The skilful disputant well knows that he never has his enemy at more advantage than when, by allowing the premises, he shows him arguing wrong from his own principles.
Warburton.    
  6
  Of a certain class of disputants it has been wittily observed that their conclusions are always right and their reasons for them invariably wrong.
J. C. Jeaffreson.    
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  Whoever is afraid of submitting any question, civil or religious, to the test of free discussion, is more in love with his own opinion than with truth.
Bishop Watson.    
  8
  The great enemy of knowledge is not error, but inertness. All that we want is discussion; and then we are sure to do well, no matter what our blunders may be. One error conflicts with another, each destroys its opponent, and truth is evolved.
Buckle.    
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