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

Leonardo da Vinci, artist

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.

Anatole Broyard, critic

Use soft words and hard arguments.

English Proverbs,

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

Victor Hugo, author

A long dispute means that both parties are wrong

Voltaire, writer

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

Pierre De Beaumarchais,

Soft words win hard hearts.


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

Joseph Joubert, writer

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

Michel de Montaigne, philosopher

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

Charles Caleb Colton, writer

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

Kin Hubbard, cartoonist

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

Hillary Clinton, politician

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

Josh Billings, comedian

Wise men argue cases, fools decide them.

Anacharsis, philosopher

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

Samuel Johnson, author

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman

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

Aesop, author

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


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


People who know the least always argue the most.


We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper; by the manner, which is the man himself.

Samuel Butler, poet

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

Andre Maurois, writer

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

Michel de Montaigne, philosopher

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

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

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

Bertrand Russell, philosopher

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....

Noam Chomsky, activist

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

Edward Koch, politician

Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.

Andre Gide, novelist

Books and harlots have their quarrels in public.

Walter Benjamin, critic

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

William Shakespeare, dramatist

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

Homer, poet

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

Hubert Humphrey, politician

Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.

Charles Caleb Colton, writer

Men argue, nature acts.

Voltaire, writer

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


How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed!

Walt Whitman, poet

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

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

Colin Powell, statesman

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

Voltaire, writer

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.

Samuel Butler, poet

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

Irving Layton, poet

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.

Joseph Addison, writer

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.

John Morley, statesman

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

William Hazlitt, critic

There are usually two sides to every argument but no end.


Soft words are hard arguments.

Thomas Fuller, clergyman

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes, writer

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.

Louis D. Brandeis, judge

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

John Barrymore, actor

I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job.

Margaret Thatcher, leader

I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.

Theodore Roosevelt, president

The argument of the strongest is always the best.

Jean De La Fontaine, poet

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.

G. K. Chesterton, writer

When two quarrel, both are in the wrong.


Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.

Christopher Lasch, historian

In a false quarrel there is no true valor.

William Shakespeare, dramatist

A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.

Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.

Joseph Joubert, writer

If you argue with a woman and win, you lose.


There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.

Oliver Goldsmith, poet

But I do think its necessary to have debates.

Geraldine Ferraro, politician

The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.

Edward W. Howe,

I had a lovers quarrel with the world.

Robert Frost, poet

A sure way of getting the last word in an argument is to say you right.


I'm not shy about heated debate or passionate discourse, but when people get crazy or rude, that's a buzz kill. There's got to be a better code of conduct, some basic etiquette.

Mos Def, musician

There's always merit to having a debate.

Ward Churchill, educator

Two dogs strive for a bone and the third one runs off with it.


The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines.

Charles De Gaulle, leader

I refer, of course, to the debts our nation has amassed for itself over decades of indulgence. It is the new Red Menace, this time consisting of ink. We can debate its origins endlessly and search for villains on ideological grounds, but the reality is pure arithmetic.

Mitch Daniels, politician

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.

Thomas Jefferson, president

In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.

Matthew Prior, poet

The purely agitation attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.

Jawaharlal Nehru, leader

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.

Richard Whately, writer

Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.

Samuel Butler, poet

The dust of controversy is merely the falsehood flying off.

Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

When good people have a falling out, only one of them may be at fault at first; but if the strife continues long, usually both become guilty.

Thomas Fuller, clergyman

Hear one side and you will be in the dark. Hear both and all will be clear.

Thomas C. Haliburton,

Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It's too controversial.

Erma Bombeck, humorist

Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.

Marie EbnerEschenbach,

I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.

Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor

A politician's goal is always to manipulate public debate. I think there are some politicians with higher goals. But all of them get corrupted by power.

Dean Koontz, author

There's a bit of debate about that; some say it was really Matthew, but the popular consensus is that Mark was the first one, so that's why I did that one first. And I was planning on doing all four.

Chester Brown, cartoonist

I don't debate with liars.

Evo Morales, statesman

What scared me in that debate is that it's not about the ownership rules at all. The vast majority of people don't even know what the rules say, to be perfectly candid. Name all six of them.

Michael K. Powell, politician

In debate, one randomly was assigned to one side or the other. This had at least one virtue - it made one see that there was more than one side to these complex issues.

Joseph Stiglitz, economist

Open debate and full discourse on the topic of torture is a double-edged sword.

Charles D. Ellison, author

Freedom means the right of people to assemble, organize, and debate openly.

Hillary Clinton, politician

As we begin this debate, I am confident that we will hear the supporters of this bill argue in the name of Ronald Reagan that this research is consistent with his long-held views about the sanctity of life.

Mike Pence, politician

As you look around the country there are still a significant number of states where their whole school debate is over school funding and we've been focused on the quality debate for most of the '90s.

John Engler, politician

I remember serving in Vietnam in that war, and many of us at the major Lieutenant Colonel, colonel level were frustrated that no one in the U.S. wanted to debate it that way.

William Odom, soldier

While the political debate over abortion will continue for a very long time, the federal government can and should be doing more to support programs and services that provide women with better options.

Tim Ryan, politician

We've become more tolerant because we're tired of the debate.

Suzanne Fields,

Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.

Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher

Another example of the educational inequality is the current debate over publicly financed school vouchers which will provide educational opportunities to a privileged handful, but deprive public schools of desperately needed resources.

Bobby Scott, politician

What passes for real debate in Washington often seems more like an echo chamber, with politicians talking at politicians.

Bill Delahunt, politician

The national debate on Social Security has been cheapened by demagoguery on all sides.

Bill Delahunt, politician

Listen, if the mayor wants to have a debate about education in this city, I got three words: bring it on.

Anthony Weiner, politician

Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.

Michael Crichton, author

No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.

Lyman Beecher,

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