An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.


Lyman Beecher (1775-1863, American Presbyterian minister, revivalist)


The dust of controversy is merely the falsehood flying off.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.


Nora Ephron (1941-, American author, journalist)


When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


The hydrostatic paradox of controversy. Don't you know what that means? Well, I will tell you. You know that, if you had a bent tube, one arm of which was of the size of a pipe-stem, and the other big enough to hold the ocean, water would stand at the same height in one as in the other. Controversy equalizes fools and wise men in the same way. And the fools know it.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


When people generally are aware of a problem, it can be said to have entered the public consciousness. When people get on their hind legs and holler, the problem has not only entered the public consciousness -- it has also become a part of the public conscience. At that point, things in our democracy begin to hum.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.


Gilbert Seldes


When a subject is highly controversial... one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one's audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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