Thursday, March 27, 2014


When It Is Futile To Argue

Basil L. Gildersleeve (1831-1924), The Creed of the Old South, 1865-1915 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1915), p. 38:
It is perfectly possible to be fully persuaded in one's own mind without the passionate desire to make converts that animates the born preacher, and any one may be excused from preaching when he recognizes the existence of a mental or moral color-blindness with which it is not worth while to argue. There is no umpire to decide which of the disputants is color-blind, and the discussion is apt to degenerate into a wearisome reiteration of points which neither party will concede.

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