Unforced, as conversation passed, he had the talent of saluting felicitously every theme, of listening like a judge-supreme while serious topics were disputing, or, with an epigram-surprise, of kindling smiles in ladies' eyes.
I was often humiliated to see men disputing for a piece of bread, just as animals might have done. My feelings on this subject have very much altered since I have been personally exposed to the tortures of hunger. I have discovered, in fact, that a man, whatever may have been his origin, his education, and his habits, is governed, under certain circumstances, much more by his stomach than by his intelligence and his heart.françois arago
His still refuted quirks he still repeats,New-raised objections with new quibbles meets;Till sinking in the quicksand he defends,He dies disputing, and the contest ends.
As men are killed by fighting, the truth is lost in disputing.Henry Vaughan
The itch of disputing will prove the scab of churches.henry wotton
His still refuted quirks he still repeats, New-raised objections with new quibbles meets; Till sinking in the quicksand he defends, He dies disputing, and the contest ends.
'Twas blow for blow, disputing inch by inch, For one would not retreat, nor t'other flinch.lord byron
Reproachful speech from either side The want of argument supplied; They rail, reviled; as often ends The contests of disputing friends.john gay
I may say Christianity itself divided into it's thousands also, who are disputing, anathematizing and where the laws permit burning and torturing one another for abstractions which no one of them understand, and which are indeed beyond the comprehension of the human mind[.]
Hic jacet hujus sententiæ primus author: DISPUTANDI PRURITUS ECCLESIARUM SCABIES. Nomen alias quære. [Translated] : Here lies the author of this phrase: "The itch for disputing is the sore of churches." Seek his name elsewhere.henry wotton