No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.
I am going to talk of controversial things. I make no apology for this.
Controversy, n. A battle in which spittle or ink replaces the injurious cannon-ball and the inconsiderate bayonet.
Controversy is only dreaded by the advocates of error.
Impartial, adj. Unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy or adopting either of two conflicting opinions.
The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to… freedom of worship… and other fundamental rights may not be […]
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of “crackpot” than the stigma of conformity.
Controversy, for the most part, disfigures the question it seeks to elucidate.
These are the days when men of all social disciplines and all political faiths seek the comfortable and the accepted; when the man of controversy is looked upon as a disturbing influence; when originality is taken to be a mark of instability; and when, in minor modification of the scriptural parable, the bland leads the […]