Dagger in hand

A man of prodigious fortune, coming to add his opinion to some light discussion that was going on casually at his table, began precisely thus: "It can only be a liar or an ignoramus who will say otherwise than," and so on. Pursue that philosophical point, dagger in hand.

--Michel de Montaigne, Of the art of discussion.

Stab back: cmnewman99-at-yahoo.com


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Tuesday, September 10, 2002
The below post really ought to contain a bunch of links. Eventually it will. Promise. I was also just struck at the irony of me responding to Diane, given that the one thing of mine to have garnered any significant notice in the blogosphere was a translation of something written a woman.

FOLLOW UP: Having taken some time to go beyond the superficial glance, I see what Meryl means. Definitely worth reading. And much more pungent style than SDB. Better? I think it's like comparing apples and oranges--their approaches to thinking and writing are way different. I'll say this though. I suspect that she could kick his ass.

Oh, and Diane? Since you're getting into the Williams sisters, here's something that will no-doubt enhance your admiration.

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