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  • James Farmer Sr.: Are you fooling around with that girl son?


  • Henry Lowe: self-pity: i have never seen wild things sorry for itself
    Henry Lowe: I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.


  • Melvin B. Tolson: Debate is blood sport. It's combat. But your weapons are words
    Melvin B. Tolson: Debate is blood sport. It's combat. But your weapons are words.


  • Henry Lowe: Who is the judge?
    James Farmer Jr.: The judge is God.
    Henry Lowe: And why is he God?
    James Farmer Jr.: Because, he decides who wins or loses, not my opponent.
    Henry Lowe: And who is your opponent?
    James Farmer Jr.: He doesn't exist.
    Henry Lowe: And why doesn't he exist?
    James Farmer Jr.: Because, he is a dissenting voice to the truth I speak.


  • Harvard Debater #1: " Nothing that erodes the rule of law can be mortal, no matter what name we give it"
    Harvard Debater #1: Nothing that erodes the rule of law can be mortal, no matter what name we give it.


  • Samantha Booke: "Majority doesn't decide what is right or wrong, one's conscience does"
    Samantha Booke: Majority doesn't decide what is right or wrong, one's conscience does.


  • James Farmer Jr.: "The definition of moral: Dyler's lesson or Gandhi's victory? You chose"
    James Farmer Jr.: The definition of moral: Dyler's lesson or Gandhi's victory? You chose.


  • James Farmer Sr.: We do what we have to do, so we can do what we want to do
    James Farmer Sr.: We do what we have to do, so we can do what we want to do.


  • James Farmer Jr.: We do what we have to do in order to do what we want to do.


  • Melvin B. Tolson: Debate is combat, but you weapons are words.


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