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The dust of controversy is merely the falsehood flying off.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

When a subject is highly controversial... one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one's audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.

When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.

The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.