Quotations, Questions, and Resolutions from CWI’s Spring Fling Tournament

This last weekend the college I help out at coaching Speech and debate hosted a tournament (the very first one!).  I had the honor of writing up the quotations that the impromptu speakers would use as prompts, questions that the extemporaneous speakers would answer, and resolutions that the debaters would argue.   Now that the tournament is over I can share them with the rest of the world.  Please leave your comments and tell me what you think.

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Impromptu Speaking Round 1:

Speaker 1:

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.

Tom Robbins

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

Socrates

Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.

G. K. Chesterton

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Speaker 2:

He may be mad, but there’s method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It’s what drives men mad, being methodical.

G. K. Chesterton

In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.

Mark Twain

Victory belongs to the most persevering.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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Speaker 3:

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Aristotle

The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.

G. K. Chesterton

The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways–I to die and you to live. Which is the better, only God knows?

Socrates

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Speaker 4:

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.

G. K. Chesterton

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.

Pierre Beaumarchais

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Speaker 5:

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are what we repeatedly do.

Aristotle

The people who are the most bigoted are the people who have no convictions at all.

G. K. Chesterton

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Speaker 6:

Character is higher than intellect… A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.

G. K. Chesterton

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

Mahatma Gandhi

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Impromptu Speaking Round 2:

Speaker 1:

Man is by nature a political animal.

Aristotle

There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.

G. K. Chesterton

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

Cicero

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Speaker 2:

The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.

G. K. Chesterton

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

Plato

An optimist is the human personification of spring.

Susan J. Bissonette

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Speaker 3:

It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.

Roberto Benigni

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.

Thorstein Veblen

Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.

Cicero

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Speaker 4:

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

Plato

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

G. K. Chesterton

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Benjamin Franklin

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Speaker 5:

All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion,  then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.

Socrates

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.

G. K. Chesterton

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Speaker 6:

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.

G. K. Chesterton

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.

George Orwell

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.

Bertrand Russell

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Impromptu Speaking Round 3:

Speaker 1:

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G. K. Chesterton

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.

Dave Barry

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

Henry David Thoreau

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Speaker 2:

The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.

G. K. Chesterton

Neither can embellishments of language be found without arrangement and expression of thoughts, nor can thoughts be made to shine without the light of language.

Cicero

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

William Pitt

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Speaker 3:

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

G. K. Chesterton

With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men I will plea; but to tyrants I will give neither no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.

William Lloyd Garrison

Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.

Friedrich von Schiller

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Speaker 4:

Of course truth is stranger than fiction, we make fiction suit ourselves.

G. K. Chesterton

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Mahatma Gandhi

A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence.

Chinese Proverb

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Speaker 5:

Man has responsibility, not power.

American Indian Proverb

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.

Anthony Jay

The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.

James Barrie

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Speaker 6:

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.

G. K. Chesterton

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

Albert Einstein

Nothing will make us so charitable and tender to the faults of others, as, by self-examination, thoroughly to know our own.

Francois FeNelon

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Extemporaneous Speaking Round 1 Questions

Speaker 1:

Question 1: How can the U.S. avoid another Haiti “kidnapping” problem in future international natural disaster aid?

Question 2: As the United States withdraws, who will Afghanistan’s regional allies be?

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Speaker 2:

Question 1:  What can be done to bring stability to Somalia?

Question 2: Should the UN be more involved in nations devastated by natural disasters?

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Speaker 3:

Question 1: What can London learn from Vancouver’s Olympics?

Question 2: How can Greece solve its financial crisis?

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Speaker 4:

Question 1: How can Iraq build its institutions?

Question 2: How can Chile recover?

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Speaker 5:

Question 1:  Can Mexico control its drug cartels?

Question 2: Can Iran be persuaded to give up its nuclear ambitions?

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Speaker 6:

Question 1: Should military forces conduct international disaster relief?

Question 2: As the United States withdraws, who will be Iraq’s regional allies?

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Extemporaneous Speaking Round 2 Questions

Speaker 1:

Question 1:  Can the United States Federal Government eliminate corruption on the border between Mexico and the U.S?

Question 2: What should be done to improve the United States’ infrastructure?

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Speaker 2:

Question 1:  Is it possible to amend the U.S. Constitution today?

Question 2: Does Government spending stimulate economic growth?

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Speaker 3:

Question 1:  A year later: has government stimulus spending creating a stronger flow of ready funds?

Question 2: Is Sarah Palin’s voice in the media good or bad for the midterm elections?

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Speaker 4:

Question 1: What do President Obama’s approval ratings mean for the mid term elections?

Question 2: What are the ramifications of the President’s repute of the Supreme Court during the State of the Union address today?

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Speaker 5:

Question 1: Will the Tea Party fracture the Republican Party?

Question 2: Will Race to the Top succeed where No Child Left Behind failed?

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Speaker 6:

Question 1: How can state governments fix their budget woes?

Question 2: What will be the impact of the 2010 Census?

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Extemporaneous Speaking Round 3 Questions

Speaker 1:

Question 1: Do intensive airport scanning devices violate the right to privacy of travelers?

Question 2: Are world markets too dependent on government stimulus funds?

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Speaker 2:

Question 1: Can a bipartisan budget panel bring the U.S. budget deficit under control?

Question 2: Is Yemen a reliable partner in fighting terrorism in the Arabian peninsula?

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Speaker 3:

Question 1: What steps can the South African government take to curb the increased practice of sex trafficking?

Question 2: Is it time for states to repeal their balanced budget amendments?

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Speaker 4:

Question 1: What steps can government take to reverse the increase in prescription drug abuse by teens?

Question 2: Is the American public becoming increasingly isolationist? Why or why not?

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Speaker 5:

Question 1: What is the biggest threat to enduring peace in Iraq?

Question 2: Can Toyota Motor Company hold on to or ever reclaim its status as the #1 auto maker?

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Speaker 6:

Question 1: Has the world credit crisis finally come to an end?

Question 2: What can the Russian government do to reduce the incidents of terrorism within its borders?

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Npda Resolutions

Round 1:

The United State Federal Government should reduce copyright protection.

Round 2:

Resolved: Tradition is more beneficial to society than progress.

Round 3:

The United States Federal Government should introduce compulsory blood donation.

Round 4:

Resolved: Partisanship is a threat to democracy.

Round 5:

A journalist’s right to shield confidential sources ought to be protected on a federal level.

Semi-final Round:

Resolved: Policies that create jobs are more needed than policies that protect the Environment

Final Round:

This House should have Faith.

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Ipda Resolutions

Round 1

  1. This House would severely limit the sale of bottled water
  2. This house believes that laptops and computers are highly beneficial to education
  3. The Internet has caused more harm than good
  4. Marxism is inherently flawed
  5. Religion has no place in state schools

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Ipda Resolutions

Round 2

  1. The benefits of NASA’s space exploration programs justify the costs
  2. Judges should be elected
  3. This House believes that the Olympics are a waste of money
  4. A liberal arts curriculum is preferable to an employment-readiness curriculum in schools
  5. Lotteries do more good than harm

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Ipda Resolutions

Round 3

  1. Public opinion polls positively affect the political process
  2. It should be illegal to advertise prescription drugs on TV
  3. Junk food should be banned in schools
  4. Board games are better than video games.
  5. This House would limit media reporting of terrorist atrocities

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Ipda Resolutions

Round 4

  1. Protecting the environment is important to job creation.
  2. Students should spend more time outside.
  3. Tea is better for a culture than coffee.
  4. Daylight savings is more of a hassle than a gift.
  5. Good fences make good neighbors.

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Ipda Resolutions

Round 5

  1. Money is the root of all evil.
  2. Freedom of speech is more important to democracy than the rest of the Bill of Rights.
  3. The Academy Awards have lost their value.
  4. We should follow the law rather than our consciences.
  5. Aristotle was a more ideal philosopher than Plato.

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Ipda Resolutions

Semi-final Round

  1. Utilitarianism has done more harm to the world than good.
  2. The pen is mightier than the sword.
  3. Hollywood should remake more classic movies.
  4. Snoopy was a better dog than Pluto.
  5. In politics, secrecy is best.

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Ipda Resolutions

Final Round

  1. Pluto should be reclassified as a planet.
  2. There is nothing stronger than ideas.
  3. This house believes that the classless society is a dangerous pipe dream.
  4. Historically there has never been a just war.
  5. Science has the answer to all of the world’s problems.

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