Note to self in permanent marker; in crazed, foot high letters across the wall of the living room

by C H

I assume readily that you are an ardent believer in one political party or another, and that, having studied thoroughly all the questions at issue, you could give cogent reasons for all the burning faith that is in you. But how about your friends and acquaintances? How many of them can cope with you in discussion? How many of them show even a desire to cope with you?

Max Beerbohm, “General Elections,” collected in The Prince of Minor Writers, edited by Phillip Lopate.

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