Concerning the odd conversation or badly written book:
Each word is like a chamber-pot, and not an empty one at that.
A definition of historiography:
When history plods along at dray-horse pace, the very symbol of it becomes reason and method.
The dialectic with a twist:
Nothing facilitates an understanding of political essence of developments as greatly as their evaluation by one’s adversaries (that is, of course, unless the latter are hopelessly stupid).
Lenin, Collected Works, vols 9 and 10, pp. 156, 60 and 252-3.