What is logical argument?

Famous quotes containing the words argument and/or logical:

    The wonder of light is your familiar tale,
    Pert wench, down to the nineteenth century:
    Mr. Rimbaud the Frenchman’s apostasy
    Asserts the argument that you are stale,
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    Lithe Corpse!
    Allen Tate (1899–1979)

    Grammar is a tricky, inconsistent thing. Being the backbone of speech and writing, it should, we think, be eminently logical, make perfect sense, like the human skeleton. But, of course, the skeleton is arbitrary, too. Why twelve pairs of ribs rather than eleven or thirteen? Why thirty-two teeth? It has something to do with evolution and functionalism—but only sometimes, not always. So there are aspects of grammar that make good, logical sense, and others that do not.
    John Simon (b. 1925)