C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • Could we forbear dispute, and practice love,
  • We should agree, as angels do above.
  • Waller.

    The pain of dispute exceeds by much its utility. All disputation makes the mind deaf; and when people are deaf I am dumb.


  • ’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.

    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.


  • 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.

    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.