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


The bitter clamour of two eager tongues.


For evil deeds may better than bad words be borne.


When he (Luther) was angry, invectives rushed from him like boulder rocks down a mountain torrent in flood.


Scurrility has no object in view but incivility; if it is uttered from feelings of petulance, it is mere abuse; if it is spoken in a joking manner, it may be considered raillery.


Less than we imagine, from abusive words in controversy, does one individual, who is the vilified object, suffer harm. Vials of wrath in constant use, like uncorked bottles, lose the potency of their contents from too much exposure to the air; and disputants laugh in each other’s faces after having with hard adjectives metaphorically boxed one another’s ears.