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Samizdata quote of the day

I never argue. It’s other people who argue with me.

Roger Hewland, proprietor of Gramex, Lower Marsh, London. Overheard by me, this afternoon.

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3 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Although I am sure Mr Hewland has no desire to conquer Europe, the logical structure of this quote could not help reminding me of Clauswitz on Bonaparte:

    “The aggressor is always peace-loving (as Bonaparte always claimed to be); he would prefer to take over our country unopposed.”

  • He’s more the sort who wants Europe to conquer him.

    More seriously, it’s a way to argue that I have in the past recommended. You simply state a position, as yours. Others who don’t like you disagreeing with them then find themselves wanting to persuade you that you’re wrong.

    Reversing the burden of proof.

  • veryretired

    All my life I’ve run into so many people who have such eccentric ideas. I don’t understand it at all.

    Why are’nt they just normal and ordinary, like me?