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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,

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

Joseph Joubert, writer

Soft words win hard hearts.


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

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

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

Kin Hubbard, cartoonist

Wise men argue cases, fools decide them.

Anacharsis, philosopher

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

Josh Billings, comedian

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

Andre Maurois, writer

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

Samuel Johnson, author

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


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

Aesop, author

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman

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


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

People who know the least always argue the most.


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

Bertrand Russell, philosopher

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

Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

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

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

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

Michel de Montaigne, 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

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

William Shakespeare, dramatist

Books and harlots have their quarrels in public.

Walter Benjamin, critic

Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.

Andre Gide, novelist

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

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

Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.

Charles Caleb Colton, writer

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

Hubert Humphrey, politician

Men argue, nature acts.

Voltaire, writer

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.

Samuel Butler, poet

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

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

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

Homer, poet

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

Voltaire, writer

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

John Barrymore, actor

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

Soft words are hard arguments.

Thomas Fuller, clergyman

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

John Morley, statesman

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

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.


People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.

G. K. Chesterton, writer

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 had a lovers quarrel with the world.

Robert Frost, poet

But I do think its necessary to have debates.

Geraldine Ferraro, politician

The argument of the strongest is always the best.

Jean De La Fontaine, poet

When two quarrel, both are in the wrong.


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

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

Joseph Joubert, writer

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

Edward W. Howe,

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

Christopher Lasch, historian

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

Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher

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

Theodore Roosevelt, president

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


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


In a false quarrel there is no true valor.

William Shakespeare, dramatist

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


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

I'd always liked the idea that drama acts at its best as a kind of arena for debate, not just about the thing itself, but also producing aesthetic, stylistic, political and moral discussions.

Jeremy Northam, actor

I can assure you we are all strong-willed, forceful personalities and the president encourages vigorous debate.

Karen Hughes, politician

There was one point in high school actually when I was on the chess team, marching band, model United Nations and debate club all at the same time. And I would spend time with the computer club after school. And I had just quit pottery club, which I was in junior high, but I let that go.

Rainn Wilson, actor

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

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

Samuel Butler, poet

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

Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor

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

There's always merit to having a debate.

Ward Churchill, educator

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

The dust of controversy is merely the falsehood flying off.

Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.

Marie EbnerEschenbach,

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

Thomas C. Haliburton,

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

Matthew Prior, poet

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

Erma Bombeck, humorist

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

He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.

Benjamin Franklin, president

Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.

Benjamin Franklin, president

We debated long over the situation for it is a very difficult question and all of us recognize its difficulty.

Henry L. Stimson, statesman

If you go in for argument, take care of your temper. Your logic, if you have any, will take care of itself.

Joseph Farrell,

Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone who knows what he's talking about.

Sam Ewig,

The federal government seeks to control and regulate the Internet, but the last thing this Congress should be doing is trying to stifle public debate online.

Dennis Hastert, politician

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 am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.

Nora Ephron, author

Any fact is better established by two or three good testimonies than by a thousand arguments.

Nathaniel Emmons,

But the reporter has the responsibility to determine, number one, whether that is true, and number two, to make a judgment as to whether it's in the public interest and whether or not it should be part of the debate.

Bob Schieffer, journalist

Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint, and heard great argument about it and about: but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.

Omar Khayyam, poet

It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy -- but he who has shown the better temper.

Samuel Butler, poet

That's what we're missing. We're missing argument. We're missing debate. We're missing colloquy. We're missing all sorts of things. Instead, we're accepting.

Studs Terkel, journalist

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

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

Bill Delahunt, politician

I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me.

Dave Barry, journalist

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