to Xian, China (1996)

The fact is, my dear friend, that you are trying to prove me wrong by the use of oratory, like people in the law courts. They think there that they have got the better of the other party when they can produce a number of respectable witnesses to what they say, while their opponent can produce only one or none at all. But this kind of proof is useless in establishing the truth; it can easily happen that a man is overborne by the false evidence of several apparently respectable persons.