Rhetoric, n. An argument that one is unwilling to believe and unable to refute. Cf. sophistry.
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.
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.
No one thinks to correct hypocrisy by aligning his beliefs with his actions.
Now we celebrate human diversity, having spent the last few millennia obliterating it.
Man is the only animal that cheats at solitaire.