Rhetorical Quotes

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all-language-is-rhetorical-even-senses-are-poets-george-santayana
we-find-rhetorical-situations-everywhere-in-life-only-our-imaginations-can-get-us-out-them-northrop-frye
i-think-that-when-you-reveal-things-that-are-going-to-cause-pain-you-have-rhetorical-resources-in-poetry-vijay-seshadri
i-think-monument-as-being-symbolic-for-people-therefore-rhetorical-not-honest-not-personal
dear-life-when-i-said-can-my-day-get-any-worse-it-was-a-rhetorical-question-not-a-challenge
i-dont-want-to-become-rhetorical-speaker-my-effectiveness-is-mastering-all-data-being-able-to-respond
genuine-dialogue-not-rhetorical-bombthrowing-leads-to-progress-mark-udall
the-problems-seem-so-easy-out-there-on-the-stump-deficits-shrink-with-a-rhetorical-flourish
wealth-religion-military-victory-have-more-rhetorical-than-efficacious-worth
dear-life-when-i-asked-if-my-day-could-get-any-worse-it-was-a-rhetorical-question-not-a-challenge
he-wanted-to-ask-whether-she-were-insane-but-he-had-been-married-long-enough-to-know-price-injudicious-rhetorical-questions-diana-gabaldon
o-lovewhy-cant-you-leave-me-alone-which-is-rhetorical-question-meaning-for-heavens-sake-dont-thomas-merton
art-has-always-been-thispure-interrogation-rhetorical-question-less-rhetoricwhatever-else-it-may-have-been-obliged-by-social-reality-to-appear-samuel-beckett
well-female-voice-said-what-have-we-here-here-bethany-said-responding-to-womans-rhetorical-question-we-have-teenager-and-shes-pissed-jennifer-lynn-barnes
president-reagan-is-rhetorical-roundheels-as-befits-politician-seeking-empathy-with-his-audience-william-safire
zombies-are-great-rhetorical-prop-to-talk-about-people-paranoia-they-are-good-vehicle-for-my-misanthropy
when-you-see-all-that-rhetorical-smoke-billowing-up-from-democrats-well-ladies-gentleman-id-follow-example-their-nominee-dont-inhale-ronald-reagan
by-way-personal-instinct-i-have-inherent-distaste-for-grandiose-rhetorical-statements-which-dont-have-any-substantive-dimension-to-them-kevin-rudd
that-sense-life-in-natural-objects-which-in-most-poetry-is-but-rhetorical-artifice-was-then-in-wordsworth-assertion-what-was-for-him-almost-walter-pater
obamas-rhetorical-overtures-to-democracy-it-turned-out-were-just-decoy-to-conceal-his-unwavering-determination-to-govern-from-far-left-sean-hannity
creationist-critics-often-charge-that-evolution-cannot-be-tested-therefore-cannot-be-viewed-as-properly-scientific-subject-at-all-this-claim-is-stephen-jay-gould
the-hamas-organization-is-explicitly-dedicated-to-destruction-israel-that-is-not-rhetorical-gimmick-it-is-its-declared-unwavering-primary-goal
sometimes-societies-become-too-stupid-to-survive-a-nation-that-takes-barack-obamas-current-rhetorical-flourishes-seriously-is-certainly-well-advanced-mark-steyn
quotations-have-always-been-supremely-effective-rhetorical-devices-instruments-oneupmanship-ways-supporting-any-position-under-sun-with-borrowed-justin-kaplan
godwins-law-states-that-longer-any-online-debate-goes-on-likelier-it-is-that-someone-will-play-nazi-card-its-rhetorical-equivalent-going-nuclear-stupid-at-same-time-john-p-avlon
my-speaking-style-was-criticised-by-no-less-authority-than-arnold-schwarzenegger-it-was-low-moment-my-friends-to-have-my-rhetorical-skills-denounced-boris-johnson
to-claim-humanitarian-motives-when-motive-is-envy-its-supposed-appeasement-is-favorite-rhetorical-device-politicians-today-has-been-for-at-least-helmut-schoeck
religious-speech-is-extreme-emotional-motivational-it-is-antiliteral-relying-on-metaphor-allusion-other-rhetorical-devices-it-assumes-knowledge-amy-waldman
so-i-want-to-ask-you-hypothetical-question-my-favorite-kind-next-to-rhetorical-ones-i-can-nap-equally-well-through-either-kind-orson-scott-card
people-often-ask-how-i-got-interested-in-brain-my-rhetorical-answer-is-how-can-anyone-not-be-interested-in-it-everything-you-call-human-nature-vilayanur-s-ramachandran
the-poetry-of-this-one-is-called-philosophical-of-that-one-philological-of-a-third-rhetorical-and-so-on-which-is-then-the-poetic-poetry
i-grew-up-in-little-methodist-church-that-was-rural-community-support-oriented-made-up-great-people-who-talked-about-love-grace-spiritual-experience-but-only-in-rhetorical-terms
there-was-noise-itself-which-he-thought-vaguely-as-noise-classical-music-sameish-rhetorical-full-feelings-people-surely-never-had-alan-hollinghurst
it-seems-to-me-we-have-been-in-rhetorical-arms-race-in-this-country-with-each-side-unwilling-to-lay-down-its-weapons-for-fear-usually-justified-other-side-would-beat-them-to-pulp
in-world-opinion-writing-theres-something-called-to-be-sure-paragraph-a-sort-rhetorical-antibiotic-it-seeks-to-defend-against-critics-by-injecting-tiny-bit-counter-argument-befor
the-intersection-political-analysis-internet-theory-is-busy-crossroad-cliche-where-familiar-rhetorical-vehicles-decentralized-authority-emergent-leadership-empowered-grass-roots-
i-come-from-place-that-likes-grandeur-it-likes-large-gestures-it-is-not-inhibited-by-flourish-it-is-rhetorical-society-it-is-society-physical-performance-it-is-society-style
i-come-from-place-that-likes-grandeur-it-likes-large-gestures-it-is-not-inhibited-by-flourish-it-is-rhetorical-society-it-is-society-physical-derek-walcott
were-going-to-run-against-nancy-pelosi-in-2018-well-remind-people-in-2018-whats-rhetorical-question-do-you-really-want-nancy-pelosi-back-as-speaker-house
think-apple-think-fbi-we-are-living-atlas-shrugged-why-is-it-important-because-i-would-hate-for-country-to-have-that-rhetorical-question-where-is-john-galt-who-is-john-galt-john-
natural-rights-is-simple-nonsense-natural-imprescriptible-rights-rhetorical-nonsensenonsense-upon-stilts-jeremy-bentham
natural-rights-nonsense-natural-imprescriptible-rights-rhetorical-nonsense-elevated-nonsense-nonsense-going-on-stilts-john-stuart-mill
[Professor Greene's] reaction to GAMAY, as published in the Yale Daily News, fairly took one's breath away. He fondled the word "fascist" as though he had come up with a Dead Sea Scroll vouchsafing the key word to the understanding of God and Man at Yale. In a few sentences he used the term thrice. "Mr. Buckley has done Yale a great service" (how I would tire of this pedestrian rhetorical device), "and he may well do the cause of liberal education in America an even greater service, by stating the fascist alternative to liberalism. This fascist thesis... This... pure fascism... What more could Hitler, Mussolini, or Stalin ask for... ?" (They asked for, and got, a great deal more.) What survives, from such stuff as this, is ne-plus-ultra relativism, idiot nihlism. "What is required, " Professor Greene spoke, "is more, not less tolerance-not the tolerance of indifference, but the tolerance of honest respect for divergent convictions and the determination of all that such divergent opinions be heard without administrative censorship. I try my best in the classroom to expound and defend my faith, when it is relevant, as honestly and persuasively as I can. But I can do so only because many of my colleagues are expounding and defending their contrasting faiths, or skepticisms, as openly and honestly as I am mine." A professor of philosophy! Question: What is the 1) ethical, 2) philosophical, or 3) epistemological argument for requiring continued tolerance of ideas whose discrediting it is the purpose of education to effect? What ethical code (in the Bible? in Plato? Kant? Hume?) requires "honest respect" for any divergent conviction?

William F. Buckley Jr.
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Google and Apple offer the image of a pseudo-commons to Internet users. That image recalls Nick Dyer-Whiteford's claim that, in light of the structural failures of neoliberal policies, capital could "turn to a 'Plan B', in which limited versions of commons, pollution trading schemes, community development and open-source and file-sharing practices are introduced as subordinate aspects of a capitalist economy, where voluntary cooperation subsidizes profit. One can think here of how Web 2.0 re-appropriates many of the innovations of radical digital activists, and converts them into a source of rent." Indeed, with the rise of the trademarked Digital Commons software platform and with the proliferation of university-based digital and media commons (which are typically limited to fee-paying and/or employed university community members), the very concept of the digital commons appears to be one of these reappropriations. But if, as part of what James Boyle describes as the "Second Closure Movement, " this very rhetorical move signals the temporary defeats of the after-globalization and radical hacker movements that claimed the language of the commons, perhaps the advocacy for ownership of digital wares (or at least a form of unalienable, absolute possession, whether individual or communal) would provide a strategic ballast against the proprietary control of large swathes of information by apparently benevolent corporations and institutions. While still dangling in mid-air, the information commodity's consumption might thereby be placed more solidly on common ground.

Sumanth Gopinath
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Darwin singled out the eye as posing a particularly challenging problem: 'To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.' Creationists gleefully quote this sentence again and again. Needless to say, they never quote what follows. Darwin's fulsomely free confession turned out to be a rhetorical device. He was drawing his opponents towards him so that his punch, when it came, struck the harder. The punch, of course, was Darwin's effortless explanation of exactly how the eye evolved by gradual degrees. Darwin may not have used the phrase 'irreducible complexity', or 'the smooth gradient up Mount Improbable', but he clearly understood the principle of both. 'What is the use of half an eye?' and 'What is the use of half a wing?' are both instances of the argument from 'irreducible complexity'. A functioning unit is said to be irreducibly complex if the removal of one of its parts causes the whole to cease functioning. This has been assumed to be self-evident for both eyes and wings. But as soon as we give these assumptions a moment's thought, we immediately see the fallacy. A cataract patient with the lens of her eye surgically removed can't see clear images without glasses, but can see enough not to bump into a tree or fall over a cliff. Half a wing is indeed not as good as a whole wing, but it is certainly better than no wing at all. Half a wing could save your life by easing your fall from a tree of a certain height. And 51 per cent of a wing could save you if you fall from a slightly taller tree. Whatever fraction of a wing you have, there is a fall from which it will save your life where a slightly smaller winglet would not. The thought experiment of trees of different height, from which one might fall, is just one way to see, in theory, that there must be a smooth gradient of advantage all the way from 1 per cent of a wing to 100 per cent. The forests are replete with gliding or parachuting animals illustrating, in practice, every step of the way up that particular slope of Mount Improbable. By analogy with the trees of different height, it is easy to imagine situations in which half an eye would save the life of an animal where 49 per cent of an eye would not. Smooth gradients are provided by variations in lighting conditions, variations in the distance at which you catch sight of your prey-or your predators. And, as with wings and flight surfaces, plausible intermediates are not only easy to imagine: they are abundant all around the animal kingdom. A flatworm has an eye that, by any sensible measure, is less than half a human eye. Nautilus (and perhaps its extinct ammonite cousins who dominated Paleozoic and Mesozoic seas) has an eye that is intermediate in quality between flatworm and human. Unlike the flatworm eye, which can detect light and shade but see no image, the Nautilus 'pinhole camera' eye makes a real image; but it is a blurred and dim image compared to ours. It would be spurious precision to put numbers on the improvement, but nobody could sanely deny that these invertebrate eyes, and many others, are all better than no eye at all, and all lie on a continuous and shallow slope up Mount Improbable, with our eyes near a peak-not the highest peak but a high one.

Richard Dawkins
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