Selected Quotes about Argument & Debate

If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling. -- Joseph Addison

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

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

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

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute. -- Josh Billings

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

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue. -- G. K. Chesterton

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

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

Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic. -- William Ewart Gladstone

The most important tactic in an argument, next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent, so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without an embarrassing loss of face. -- Sydney J. Harris

The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it. -- Edward W. Howe

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

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

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

I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. -- Dudley Field Malone

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak. -- Michel de Montaigne

There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees. -- Michel de Montaigne

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. -- John Morley

If you agree with some tenets of Objectivism, but disagree with others, do not call yourself an Objectivist; give proper authorship credit for the parts you agree with—and then indulge in any flights of fancy you wish, on your own. -- Ayn Rand

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him. -- George Bernard Shaw

At times to be silent is to lie. You will win because you have enough brute force. But you will not convince. For to convince you need to persuade. And in order to persuade you would need what you lack: Reason and Right. -- Miguel de Unamuno

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