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The power of real debate is in the language and intellectual honesty of the debaters, alongside the engagement of spectators.
Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
The English language has 112 words for deception, according to one count, each with a different shade of meaning: collusion, fakery, malingering, self-deception, confabulation, prevarication, exaggeration, denial.
I can still remember the afternoon, on my 15th birthday, when I opened up 'The Virgin and the Gypsy,' D.H. Lawrence's novella, in my tiny cell in boarding school, and whole worlds of possibility opened out that I had never guessed existed. The language was on fire and sang of liberation.
Self-control is one mark of a mature person; it applies to control of language, physical treatment of others, and the appetites of the body.