To persuade a man, convince him not that the idea is sound but that it is his own.
To a quite unwreckable Lie,
To a most impeccable Lie!
To a water-tight, fire-proof, angle-iron, sunk-hinge, time-lock, steel-faced Lie!
Not a private hansom Lie,
But a pair-and-brougham Lie,
Not a little-place-at-Tooting, but a country-house-with-shooting
And a ring-fence-deer-park Lie.
Arguable, adj. What one is unwilling to argue about.
Great rewards await those who supply the rich and powerful with reasons for whatever they were going to do in the first place.
Rhetoric, n. An argument that one is unwilling to believe and unable to refute. Cf. sophistry.
Perspective, n. In argument: A diversionary tactic.
We never find ourselves explaining that we don’t care about the opinions of others to the others whose opinions we don’t care about.
Lying, like the manufacture of arms, is driven by demand.
The mark of envy is not harsh criticism, but tepid praise.
To discover the most appalling ignorance of science one need only canvass its most vociferous defenders.
It is odd that there is so much talk of genius, when geniuses deny that it exists, and the rest of us wouldn’t know.