A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.
Gold begets in brethren hate; Gold in families debate; Gold does friendship separate; Gold does civil wars create.
Debate is the death of conversation.
It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy -- but he who has shown the better temper.
When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.
A little tough talk in the midst of a campaign or as part of a presidential debate cannot obscure a record of 30 years of being on the wrong side of defense issues.
Man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to having a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn't think of doctrines as primarily"true" or "false," but as "academic" or "practical," "outworn" or "contemporary," "conventional" or "ruthless." Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him from the Church. Don't waste time trying to make him think that materialism is true! Make him think it is strong or stark or courageous—that it is the philosophy of the future. That's the sort of thing he cares about."
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