Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
That was evidence which one could not well refute.
Twain, Mark -- The Innocents Abroad
Ignorance of the law excuses no man: Not that all men know the law, but because ’tis an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to refute him.
Indeed the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution, is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into common places, but which all experience refutes.
John Stuart Mill
The facts of the situation refute the accounts given by Patriots regarding the Boston Massacre.
Wickham, I can only refute it by laying before you the whole of his connection with my family.
Austen, Jane -- Pride and Prejudice
It’s a horrible thing for Gale to say, for Peeta not to refute.
Suzanne Collins -- Mockingjay
his theories were refuted, smashed, ridiculed, held up to the general gaze for the pitiful rubbish that they were
George Orwell -- 1984
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"do as you please my dear viscount, for your arguments are beyond my powers of refutation."
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
I was so committed to refuting him that I had half-denied the charge before I understood it;
John Knowles -- A Separate Peace
i asked dr. strauss how nemur could refute rahajamati’s attack on his method and results if nemur couldn’t even read them in the first place.
Daniel Keyes -- Flowers for Algernon
The people, in the case of which we speak, could justify its prejudice against Roger Chillingworth by no fact or argument worthy of serious refutation.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
To refute him someone would have to prove to him that there is no devil, or another peasant would have to explain to him that it is not the devil but a German, who moves the locomotive.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
On the surface it appeared to be totally peaceful and almost a refutation of the term "revolution."
Maya Angelou -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
They neither refuted nor agreed; they merely looked as if her arguments were beside the point.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
refute their claim
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
I leaned there, aching to humiliate them, to refute them.
Ralph Ellison -- Invisible Man
They are interested solely in confirming highly dubious theoretical hypotheses ... and make no attempt at refutation
Chaim Potok -- The Chosen
Lynn’s claim that Asians have higher IQs has been refuted, convincingly, by a number of other experts, who showed that he based his argument on IQ samples drawn disproportionately from urban, upper-income homes.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
"I didn’t touch you, you lying creature!" cried she, her fingers tingling to repeat the act, and... "What’s that, then?" I retorted, showing a decided purple witness to refute her.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
The many places where it seems to refute itself did not confuse her in the least.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
though the accusation had been eagerly refuted at the time, there were moments of self-examination in which her conscience could not quite acquit her.
Jane Austen -- Emma
my friend M. le Roy, of the Royal Academy of Sciences, took up my cause and refuted him;
Benjamin Franklin -- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Alongside of these very arguments we use others totally inconsistent, so that the accusation of repression may be refuted.
Alan Paton -- Cry, the Beloved Country
But self-destruction therefore sought, refutes That excellence thought in thee; and implies,
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
They savour ... views that I have completely refuted in four of my unpublished sermons.
Oscar Wilde -- The Importance of Being Earnest
I hope this book will go some distance toward refuting that.
Ron Suskind -- A Hope in the Unseen
The bulldog of Aquin, with whom no word shall be impossible, refutes him.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
seeking arguments to refute other theories
Leo Tolstoy -- Anna Karenina
...they cannot refute it,
Kamala Markandaya -- Nectar in a Sieve
All of these things are ... a refutation of the notion that the way we function and communicate and process information is straightforward and transparent.
Malcolm Gladwell -- The Tipping Point
Now that I have told you such a lot about Plato, you must start by hearing how Aristotle refuted Plato’s theory of ideas.
Jostein Gaarder -- Sophie’s World
Since this allegation falls very directly into my own realm, I am able to refute it with absolute authority.
Kazuo Ishiguro -- The Remains of the Day
I’m tempted to try refuting it, but then I would be open to the further charges of "defensiveness" and "resistance."
Susanna Kaysen -- Girl Interrupted
he scarcely tried to refute his evidence
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
He was astonished, indeed, but his character and general conduct must refute it.
Jane Austen -- Persuasion
The logic cannot be refuted,
Franz Kafka -- The Trial
He was able to get away with this because logical refutation required more talent than any of the students had.
Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
In this instance as in so many other instances in these days, the character of this unfortunate man signally refutes ... that peevish saying attributed to the late Dr. Johnson, that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Herman Melville -- Billy Budd
You can’t refute facts.
Reginald Rose -- Twelve Angry Men
Newman pointed to the empty glass, as though it were a sufficient refutation of the charge,
Charles Dickens -- Nicholas Nickleby
Nor, though he knew it to be untrue, did Comrade Pillai refute the allegation of attempted rape in Baby Kochamma’s First Information Report.
Arundhati Roy -- The God of Small Things
When the war came, no one could refute his evidence.
Christina Garcia -- Dreaming in Cuban
They can be refuted, proved to be totally false, yet still there is that lingering doubt.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Ultimatum
Each excuse was refuted.
Alexs Pate -- Amistad
...would go down in the record and it would be a brave man who set himself to refute it.
John Le Carre -- The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
No, all those horrors were not near enough as yet even to ruffle the equanimity of that spring afternoon. The clang of an unseen streetcar came through the window, briskly refuting cruelty and pain.
Albert Camus -- The Plague
He was eager to hear the slander refuted from headquarters...