How Politicians Used to Argue

From Abraham Lincoln:

“If you have ever studied geometry, you remember that by a course of reasoning Euclid proves that all the angles in a triangle are equal to two right angles. Euclid has shown you how to work it out. Now, if you undertake to disprove that proposition, and to show that it is erroneous, would you prove it false by calling Euclid a liar? [Laughter]

From the Lincoln-Douglas Debates

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By T.P. Pearson, Malcom IL- Carl Schurz, Reminiscences, Vol II, McClure Publishing Co. 1907, facing p. 84, Public Domain

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