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997.  I’ve debated some liberal Christians and it’s like trying to nail jello to the tree.  (Faith & Christian & Debate)  Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith, co-president Freedom from Religion Foundation, lecture 2001

 

 

65,670.  Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.  (Brevity & Eloquence & Speech & Debate)  Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

 

1,044.  About once or twice every month I engage in public debates with those whose pressing need it is to woo and to win the approval of supernatural beings.  Very often, when I give my view that there is no supernatural dimension, and certainly not one that is only or especially available to the faithful, and that the natural world is wonderful enough – and even miraculous enough if you insist – I attract pitying looks and anxious questions.  How, in that case, I am asked, do I find meaning and purpose in life?  How does a mere and gross materialist, with no expectation of a life to come, decide what, if anything, is worth caring about?

 

Depending on my mood, I sometimes but not always refrain from pointing out what a breathtakingly insulting and patronizing question this is.  (It is on a par with the equally subtle inquiry: Since you don’t believe in our god, what stops you from stealing and lying and raping and killing to your heart’s content?)  Just as the answer to the latter question is: self-respect and the desire for the respect of others – while in the meantime it is precisely those who think they have divine permission who are truly capable of any atrocity – so the answer to the first question falls into two parts.  A life that partakes even a little of friendship, love, irony, humor, parenthood, literature, and music, and the chance to take part in battles for the liberation of others cannot be called ‘meaningless’ except if the person living it is also an existentialist and elects to call it so.  It could be that all existence is a pointless joke, but it is not in fact possible to live one’s everyday life as if this were so.  Whereas if one sought to define meaninglessness and futility, the idea that a human life should be expended in the guilty, fearful, self-obsessed propitiation of supernatural nonentities … but there, there.  Enough.  (Faith & Debate & Belief & God & Meaning of Life)  Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

 

 

5,936.  I asserted – and I repeat – that a man has no reason to be ashamed of having an ape for his grandfather.  If there were an ancestor whom I should feel shame in recalling it would rather be a man – a man of restless and versatile intellect – who, not content with an equivocal success in his own sphere of activity, plunges into scientific questions with which he has no real acquaintance, only to obscure them by an aimless rhetoric, and distract the attention of his hearers from the real point at issue by eloquent digressions and skilled appeals to religious prejudice.  (Evolution & Ape & Debate & Intellect)  Thomas H Huxley, replying to Soapy Wilberforce

 

 

63,676.  I love argument, I love debate.  I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.  (Argument & Debate & Thatcher)  Margaret Thatcher

 

 

69,553.  Debating with Dawkins is hopeless because there is no give and take.  He doesn’t give you an inch; he just says no when you say yes.  John Polkinghorne on Professor Richard Dawkins 

 

 

69,554.  That this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country.  D M Graham, Oxford Union librarian proposing 1933 motion won by 275-153                  

 

 

69,555.  A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger.  You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.  (Debate & Leader)  Nelson Mandela

 

 

69,556.  You’ve never seen me debate anybody.  On anything.  Ever.  My investment of time, as an educator, in my judgment, is best served teaching people how to think about the world around them.  Teach them how to pose a question.  How to judge whether one thing is true versus another.  What the laws of physics say.  Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

 

69,557.  The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.  (Debate & Opinion & Control & Election & Obedience & Politics)  Noam Chomsky, The Common Good

 

 

69,558.  In all debates, let truth be thy aim, not victory, or an unjust interest.  William Penn

 

 

69,559.  The thing that strikes me more and more, is the extraordinary viciousness and dishonesty of political controversy in our time.  I don’t mean merely that controversies are acrimonious.  They ought to be that when they are on serious subjects.  I mean that almost nobody seems to feel that an opponent deserves a fair hearing or that the objective truth matters as long as you can score a neat debating point.  George Orwell, As I Please: 1943-1945

 

 

84,923.  Persuasion is achieved by the speaker’s personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible.  We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided.  (Persuasion & Debate & Speech & Speak)  Aristotle

 

 

84,926.  Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion.  This is not a function of any other art.  (Persuasion & Debate & Rhetoric)  Aristotle

 

 

90,024.  The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment.  The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.  (Style & Speech & Debate & Rhetoric)  Voltaire  

 

 

102,863.  Putting the case against the government is a small patch of brown liquid.  Monty Python’s Flying Circus s2e1: Face the Press, BBC 1970  

 

 

106,643.  During the Republican and Democratic conventions of 1968 ABC News hired the conservative William F Buckley and the liberal Gore Vidal for ten nightly debates on national television.  Best of Enemies ***** 2015

 

106,644.  ABC was the third of the three networks … ABC needed something provocative, a media event.  ibid.  observer

 

106,645.  Bill Buckley was the first modern conservative intellectual to see that ideological debates were cultural debates, and what he did was to put conservatism on the march: and that’s the creation of the movement we have today.  ibid.  Sam Tanenhaus, Buckley’s biographer

 

106,646.  National Review is the most influential magazine of our time.  Why?  The magazine attached to a movement.  (Debate & Magazine)  ibid.  

 

106,647.  For Buckley, Vidal was the devil.  He represented everything that was going to moral hell, that was degenerative about the country.  ibid.  Fred Kaplan, Vidal’s biographer  

 

106,648.  Gore Vidal is a whore of debate when it comes to values of our country and of historical forces.  The man is brilliant.  And the man is fun to watch.  But there is always a residue in my opinion when I watch him of nausea.  ibid.  Reid Buckley

 

106,649.  Debate 2: Tonight the key question for every patriot is can an aging Hollywood juvenile actor with a right wing script defeat Richard Nixon, a professional politician, who currently represents no discernible interest except his own.  (Debate & Nixon & Reagan)  ibid.  Vidal

 

106,655.  Buckley was his generation’s greatest debater.  He knew very well how to make an argument, but he was even better at was dismantling your arguement.  ibid.  Sam Tanenhaus  

 

127,034.  He’s always to the right I think and almost always in the wrong.  And you certainly must, Bill, maintain your reputation as being the Marie Antoinette of the right wing, and continually imposing your own rather bloodthirsty neuroses on the political campaign.  ibid.  Vidal of Buckley       

 

127,035.  A philosophy and an economy of stagnation but also a spiritual world of stagnation.  ibid.  Buckley of Vidal

 

127,037.  It’s very hard to stand up carrying the weight of what I know.  ibid.  Buckley’s response to panel question about thinking on your feet  

 

127,038.  Freedom breeds inequality … Unless you have freedom to be unequal, there is no such thing as freedom.  (Debate & Freedom & Inequality)  ibid.  Buckley to Vidal 

 

127,039.  In the interval between Miami and Chicago I read Myra Breckinridge [Gore Vidal].  It attempts heuristic allegory but fails, giving gratification only to sadist homosexuals and challenge only to taxonomists of perversion.  I thought and thought about it.  There is nothing left to say about Myra.  (Debate & Novel & Book & Literature)  ibid.  Bill Buckley     

 

127,040.  Gore Vidal was correct in prophesying that we would become an empire.  That is our present dilemma.  (Debate & Empire US)  ibid.  Reid Buckley  

 

127,041.  These ad hominem attacks were not at all characteristic of Bill.  ibid.  Linda Bridges, Buckley’s personal assistant

 

127,042.  Buckley couldn’t let it go.  ibid.  Tanenhaus

 

127,043.  On Experiencing Gore Vidal: Can there be any justification in calling a man a queer before ten million people on television?  ibid.  Bill Buckley, essay Esquire magazine

 

127,044.  A Distasteful Encounter with William F Buckley Jr: Can there by any justification in calling a man a pro crypto Nazi before ten million people on television?  ibid.  Gore Vidal, essay Esquire magazine

 

127,045.  One of the longest lawsuits between two American public intellectuals that has ever been.  ibid.  Hitchens 

 

127,046.  If I had a pill which would reduce my age by twenty-five years I wouldn’t take it.  Because I’m tired of life.  ibid.  Buckley, television interview   

 

 

126,719.  Nixon is exhausted, haggard, trailing in the polls, but then there is a ray of hope – the first ever television presidential debate.  (Presidency US & Democrats & Republicans & Nixon & Kennedy & Debate)  Race for the White House s1e1: John F Kennedy & Richard Nixon, CNN 2016

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