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The entire argument is built on a fallacy.
  a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning; or a common form of incorrect reasoning
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  • The entire argument is built on a fallacy.
  • It’s a fallacy of composition to believe that because each member of Congress tends a parcel of the nation, the whole Congress tends the whole nation. 02/20/09)
  • I was about to give the lady some idea of the fallacy of her expectations; but she sailed away as soon as she had concluded her speech.
    Bronte, Anne  --  Agnes Grey
  • No, that is the great fallacy; the wisdom of old men.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms

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  • And then, still in the distance, I hear the throaty wail of "Splinter" by Fallacy pumping from someone’s car.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • That’s a fallacy.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Fallacy.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • But it is a "liberal" fallacy that equates the military mind with real evil and makes it the exclusive province of lieutenants or generals; the secondary evil of which the military is frequently capable is aggressive, romantic, melodramatic, thrilling, orgasmic.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Had it not been exposed long ago as a fallacy?
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • When I said that you stimulated me I meant, to be frank, that in noting your fallacies I was occasionally guided towards the truth.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles

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  • Again, it is the church who points out the fallacy of this reasoning.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The entire history of science is a progression of exploded fallacies, not of achievements.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He exposed their risk and fallacy with his usual skill; and it was only after he had removed every impediment, in the shape of opposing advice, that he ventured to propose his own projects.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • But the notion that climbers are merely adrenaline junkies chasm a righteous fix is a fallacy, at least in the case of Everest.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The sole importance of the crossing of the Berezina lies in the fact that it plainly and indubitably proved the fallacy of all the plans for cutting off the enemy’s retreat and the soundness of the only possible line of action—the one Kutuzov and the general mass of the army demanded—namely, simply to follow the enemy up.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • They lean with the prevailing winds and employ every fallacy of logic in order to editorialize harmoniously with popular prejudices.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • And I’d have been failing there if I hadn’t explained the fallacy in this mood thing you’ve suddenly developed.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It seemed an eminently appropriate thing to Godfrey, for reasons that were known only to himself; and by a common fallacy, he imagined the measure would be easy because he had private motives for desiring it.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • The Boss knew all about the so-called fallacy of the argumentum ad hominem.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • One of the first fallacies of my life.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Until I know this sure uncertainty I’ll entertain the offer’d fallacy.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • That was the fallacy of the death-bed repentance - penitence was the fruit of long training and discipline: fear wasn’t enough.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • And thus you see the laboured fallacy of the first Argument, to deceive such men as distinguish not between the Subordination of Actions in the way to the End; and the Subjection of Persons one to another in the administration of the Means.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • He saw magazine photographs in color, yellowing postcards of the sort sold in arcades for souvenirs, and it was a kind of ghostly review of the fallacy of his own life.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • His life is a mystery to the partner of his joys and sorrows — I again allude to his wife — and if I should assure you that beyond knowing that it is passed from morning to night at the office, I now know less of it than I do of the man in the south, connected with whose mouth the thoughtless children repeat an idle tale respecting cold plum porridge, I should adopt a popular fallacy to express an actual fact.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Upon the whole, I was sadly vexed and puzzled, but, at length, I concluded to make a virtue of necessity—to dig with a good will, and thus the sooner to convince the visionary, by ocular demonstration, of the fallacy of the opinions he entertained.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • Next to arms, eloquence offers the great avenue to popular favor, whether it be in civilized or savage life, and Rivenoak had succeeded, as so many have succeeded before him, quite as much by rendering fallacies acceptable to his listeners, as by any profound or learned expositions of truth, or the accuracy of his logic.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • It is the custom to trumpet forth much wonder and astonishment at the chief actors therein setting at defiance so completely the opinion of the world; but there is no greater fallacy; it is precisely because they do consult the opinion of their own little world that such things take place at all, and strike the great world dumb with amazement.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • At present, however, she neither taunted him with his fallacies nor pretended that her own confidence was justified; if she wore a mask it completely covered her face.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • …hat and the overalls—of his ancient curse, who had become the young man with a young man’s potence yet was still that lonely child in his parchment-and-denim hairshirt, and your grandfather speaking the lame vain words, the specious and empty fallacies which we call comfort, thinking Better that he were dead, better that be had never lived then thinking what vain and empty recapitulation that would be to her if he were to say it, who doubtless had already said it, thought it, changing…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • There was in this scheme too much of fallacy to satisfy one who utterly detested every species of falshood or dishonesty: nor would he, indeed, have submitted to put it in practice, had he not been involved in a distressful situation, where he was obliged to be guilty of some dishonour, either to the one lady or the other; and surely the reader will allow, that every good principle, as well as love, pleaded strongly in favour of Sophia.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Whenever she was restless she dodged her thoughts by the familiar vagabond fallacy of running away from them, of moving on to a new place, and thus she persuaded herself that she was tranquil.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • He waited so long that even I could hear the fallacy of what I was suggesting.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Pollack would say that the fallacy of your thinking lies in its narrow human perspective.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • The fallacy lay in the immense concession that the bad are successful; that justice is not done now.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • He knew how good he was, and if such a fallacy had not been so pernicious he could have laughed at it.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • The inventors of this fallacy try to support it by perverting the true meaning of legal maxims of law interpretation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • When I tried to rid her soul of this gloomy fallacy, she suffered so terribly that my heart will never be quite at peace so long as I can remember that dreadful time!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • "The fallacy of composition" is a logical error — a mistaken belief that what seems good for an individual will still be good when others do the same thing.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Throughout his plays the acute social critics, the people who are not taken in by accepted fallacies, are buffoons, villains, lunatics or persons who are shamming insanity or are in a state of violent hysteria.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • And the case must be very flagrant in which its fallacy could be detected with sufficient certainty to justify the harsh expedient of compulsion.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • A new fallacy in politics spreads faster in the United States than anywhere else on earth, and so does a new fashion in hats, or a new revelation of God, or a new means of killing time, or a new metaphor or piece of slang.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • These kitchen illustrations demolish the Marxian theory of value — the fallacy from which the entire magnificent fraud of communism derives — and to illustrate the truth of the common-sense definition as measured in terms of use.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • "was the single most important article ever written that debunked the pervasive linguistic fallacies associated with cognitive-deficit hypotheses"—that is, the fallacy that speakers of Black English were somehow mentally backward.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • It is then a fallacy to flatter ourselves with the reflection that the barbarians are still far from us; for if there be some nations which allow civilization to be torn from their grasp, there are others who trample it themselves under their feet.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • He bethought himself of course that it had been a small kindness to his father to wish that, of the two, the active rather than the passive party should know the felt wound; he remembered that the old man had always treated his own forecast of an early end as a clever fallacy, which he should be delighted to discredit so far as he might by dying first.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • (He fears I put too much faith in the Tower helping me to locate April, and I admit here that he is quite right about that-my faith, that is-but our beliefs differ so greatly that John also trusts that there is little or no hope of any such physical structure providing a conduit, a medium that might reconnect us with our missing April, a fallacy in him I strive to correct!) My mind wanders so frequently now, led as I am in so many directions.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • It was an affecting illustration of the fallacy of human projects, to behold her lover, with the great hat pulled over his eyes, the velvet collar turned up as if it rained, the plum-coloured coat buttoned to conceal the silken waistcoat of golden sprigs, and the little direction-post pointing inexorably home, creeping along by the worst back-streets, and composing, as he went, the following new inscription for a tombstone in St George’s Churchyard: ’Here lie the mortal remains Of JOHN…
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • "That, my dear Kiki," he answered, his voice soft and distant, as if he were giving an answer, not to her, but to a thought of his own, "is one of our greatest common fallacies.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He was vulnerable there, because to me they were all pretty much alike—Voltaire and Moliere and the laws of motion and the Magna Carta and the Pathetic Fallacy and Tess of the d’Urbervilles—and I worked indiscriminately on all of them.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
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