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WORTH THINKING ABOUT: THE SWEETNESS OF FRIENDLY ARGUMENTS
"The most fruitful and natural exercise of the mind, in my opinion, is
conversation. I find the use of it more sweet than of any other action of
life; and for that reason it is that, if I were now compelled to choose, I
should sooner, I think, consent to lose my sight, than my hearing and
speech... The study of books is a languishing and feeble motion that heats
not, whereas conversation teaches and exercises at once. If I converse with
an understanding man, and a rough disputant, he presses hard upon me and
pricks me on both sides; his imaginations raise up mine to more than
ordinary pitch; jealousy, glory, and contention, stimulate and raise me up
to something above my self..."
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