Deep thought

“I suppose, Gorgias, that like me you must have been present at many arguments, and have observed how difficult the parties find it to define exactly the subject which they have taken in hand and to come away from their discussion mutually enlightened; what happens is that, as soon as they disagree and one declares the other to be mistaken or obscure in what he says, they lose their temper and accuse one another of speaking from motives of personal spite and in an endeavor to score a victory rather than to investigate the question at issue; and sometimes they part on the worst possible terms, after such an exchange of abuse that bystanders feel vexed on their own accounts that they ever thought it worth their while to listen to such people.”

Plato, Gorgias


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