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From Emerson's "Self-Reliance"

Page 61:  "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."

Page 61:  "This conformity makes them not false in a few particulars, authors of a few lies, but false in all particulars."

Page 62:  "With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do."

Page 62:  "...all history resolves itself very easily into the biography of a few stout and earnest persons."

Page 63:  "I obey no law less than the eternal law."

Page 64:  "All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves."

Page 64:  "Society never advances."


    ***Words to avoid:  All, none, always, never, no, any, everything, nothing.


From CRTW 201 papers

Overgeneralization:  “If guns are taken away from Americans there are only going to be negative results.” 

Mistaking the part for the whole:  “Through my personal experience with [name deleted], I can now see with utmost certainty that if these prejudices continue then no progression and no justice will be done for the youth.”  Hasty generalization, unrepresentative sample.  Failure in one area does not mean the inevitability of failure in ALL areas.

Non sequitur:  “It is the assumptions of the existence of free will and moral choice that allow us to apply this categorical imperative.  Therefore, there are no consequences to these assumptions of free will and moral choice.”  The "categorical imperative" suggests that something is appropriate or inappropriate according to the consequences that would result if everyone were to do it.  The C.I. is all about consequences!  Free will and moral choice have consequences.

Circular reasoning:  “Death will one day be upon each of us; however[,] one should not fear death because death is not something that should be feared.”


From  Read this on your own!

Either you're for me or against me.  America:  Love it or leave it.

Have you stopped using illegal sales practices?

You may argue that God doesn't exist, but you are just following a fad.

Noted psychologist Dr. Frasier Crane recommends that you buy the EZ-Rest Hot Tub.

Fred, the Australian, stole my wallet.  Thus, all Australians are thieves.

Employees are like nails.  Just as nails must be hit in the head in order to make them work, so must employees.

Immigration to Alberta from Ontario increased.  Soon after, the welfare rolls increased.  Therefore, the increased immigration caused the increased welfare rolls.

We know that God exists, since the Bible says God exists.  What the Bible says must be true, since God wrote it, and God never lies.

We should have conscription.  People don't want to enter the military because they find it an inconvenience.  But they should realize that there are more important things than convenience.

A book is pornographic if and only if it contains pornography.


From The Prentice Hall Reference Guide to Grammar and Usage

Your friend complains that the phone company is run by a bunch of bumblers because they never send a bill that is correct.

The movie was superb because it cost so much to produce.

If engineers can design those black boxes that survive plane crashes, they should be able to build the whole plane from that same material.

If an economist proposes a plan for helping impoverished people, her opponent might dismiss her plan by pointing out that she's never been poor.

Either America balances the budget, or the country will slide into another Great Depression.

In a political campaign, we might hear that we should vote for someone because many other people have decided this person is the best candidate.