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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Dispute
 
        Could we forbear dispute, and practice love,
We should agree, as angels do above.
Waller.    
  1
  The pain of dispute exceeds by much its utility. All disputation makes the mind deaf; and when people are deaf I am dumb.
Joubert.    
  2
        ’Tis strange how some men’s tempers suit,
Like bawd and brandy, with dispute,
That for their own opinions stand fast,
Only to have them claw’d and canvass’d.
Butler.    
  3
  The more discussion the better, if passion and personality be eschewed; and discussion, even if stormy, often winnows truth from error—a good never to be expected in an uninquiring age.
Channing.    
  4
        Some say, compared to Bononcini,
That Mynheer Handel’s but a ninny;
Others aver that he to Handel
Is scarcely fit to hold a candle.
Strange that all this diff’rence should be
’Twixt Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
J. Byrom.    
  5
  It is true there is nothing displays a genius, I mean a quickness of genius, more than a dispute; as two diamonds, encountering, contribute to each other’s luster. But perhaps the odds is much against the man of taste in this particular.
Shenstone.    
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