And if you answered 'roundness,' he would reply to you, in my way of speaking, by asking whether you would say that roundness is 'figure' or 'a figure;' and you would answer 'a figure.
MENO: I would rather that you should answer, Socrates.
MENO: But if a person were to say that he does not know what colour is, any more than what figure is--what sort of answer would you have given him?
And if he were a philosopher of the eristic and antagonistic sort, I should say to him: You have my answer, and if I am wrong, your business is to take up the argument and refute me.
SOCRATES: You are outrageous, Meno, in thus plaguing a poor old man to give you an answer, when you will not take the trouble of remembering what is Gorgias' definition of virtue.
SOCRATES: Why, because you always speak in imperatives: like all beauties when they are in their prime, you are tyrannical; and also, as I suspect, you have found out that I have weakness for the fair, and therefore to humour you I must answer.
SOCRATES: Would you like me to answer you after the manner of Gorgias, which is familiar to you?
That you should not answer is intolerable," Ernest replied gravely.
Fire away, and do not forget that I here challenge you to give the answer that Colonel Van Gilbert has failed to give.
When they attacked the working class, he always retorted, "The pot calling the kettle black; that is no answer to the charge that your own face is dirty.
In roar of shell and shrapnel and in whine of machine-guns will our answer be couched.
An argument which the future is preparing in answer to the demands of American Socialism.