Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.

Use soft words and hard arguments.

The tension between "yes" and "no," between "I can" and "I cannot," makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self.

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

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A long dispute means that both parties are wrong

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.

Soft words win hard hearts.

It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.

There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.

It is the briefest yet wisest maxim which tells us to meddle not.

The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you.

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.

Wise men argue cases, fools decide them.

Sir, I have found you an argument. I am not obliged to find you an understanding.

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.

It takes two to quarrel, but only one to end it.

He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.

We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper;

by the manner, which is the man himself.

The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion, but rather to know it.

A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about.

When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.

People who know the least always argue the most.

Quarrels would not last so long if the fault lay only on one side.

The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.

I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....

Books and harlots have their quarrels in public.

Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.

You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for ones self-respect to be a punching bag.

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

Weakness on both sides is, the motto of all quarrels.

Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.

The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information.

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.

Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.

But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions.

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.

An argument is like a country road, you never know where it is going to lead.

Men argue, nature acts.

How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed!

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.

My wife was too beautiful for words, but not for arguments.

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.

Soft words are hard arguments.

When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.

Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.

When you argue with your inferiors, you convince them of only one thing: they are as clever as you.