One must not make oneself cheap here — that is a cardinal point — or else one is done. Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance.
I have never entered into any Controversy in defence of my philosophical Opinions; I leave them to take their Chance in the World. If they are right, Truth and Experience will support them. If wrong, they ought to be refuted and rejected. Disputes are apt to sour ones Temper and disturb one’s Quiet.