Friday, 8 February 2008

Wits II

As far as I can tell, the quote I was looking for goes like this:
I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent.

No clue where it comes from, though. For some sites the author is 'unknown', and for many others stating a source is absolutely irrelevant - yes, sometimes I forget too, but at least I *try* to be proper!!


I was looking for the source of a common expression, something about a battle of wits with unarmed opponents (that I have yet to find), and found instead this interesting old quote by Lloyd Paul Stryker, a well known criminal barrister in New York in the 40's:
A trial is still an ordeal by battle. For the broadsword there is the weight of evidence; for the battle-ax the force of logic; for the sharp spear, the blazing gleam of truth; for the rapier, the quick and flashing knife of wit.