The Good Book: Proverbs, chapter 9: Argument

And now we reach the chapter in which Grayling demonstrates that, well, let’s let him speak for himself:

1. A contentious person never lacks words.
No, Mr. Grayling, he certainly does not.
2. A noisy arguer is always right.
Presumably he doesn’t mean noise as in the opposite of signal, but it’s certainly an amusing interpretation.
3. It were endless to dispute everything disputable.
It certainly feels that way.
4. People may be convinced, but never pleased, against their will.
They can be, but you have to drug them.
5. To treat your adversary with respect is to give him an advantage he is not entitled to.
Wow. This is the same man who only just finished complaining about noisy arguers – now saying that when you’re right, you don’t have to be polite. So much for the proper English don…
6. A quarrel is fought with noise or fists, an argument with logic.
…but clearly, he still has the snobbishness of one.