Argument Quotes

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There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.
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Acton, Lord
1834-1902 British Historian

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.
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Addison, Joseph
1672-1719 British Essayist Poet Statesman

The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers.
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Adler, Larry
American Founder of Fire and All Risk Insurances

Wise men argue cases, fools decide them.
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Anacharsis
600 BC Scythian Philosopher

We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.
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Antisthenes
388-311 BC Greek Dramatist

Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.
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Auson

Argument is conclusive… but… it does not remove doubt, so that the mind may rest in the sure knowledge of the truth, unless it finds it by the method of experiment. For if any man who never saw fire proved by satisfactory arguments that fire burns. his hearer’s mind would never be satisfied, nor would he avoid the fire until he put his hand in it that he might learn by experiment what argument taught.
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Bacon, Roger
1214-1294 British Philosopher Scientist

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.
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Beaumarchais, Pierre De
1732-1799 French Dramatist

Most of the arguments to which I am party fall somewhat short of being impressive, knowing to the fact that neither I nor my opponent knows what we are talking about
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Benchley, Robert
1889-1945 American Humorist Critic Parodist

I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.
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Bonaparte, Napoleon
1769-1821 French General Emperor

Behind every argument is someone’s ignorance.
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Brandeis, Louis D.
1856-1941 American Judge

Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.
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Butler, Samuel
1612-1680 British Poet Satirist

We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper; by the manner, which is the man himself.
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Butler, Samuel
1612-1680 British Poet Satirist

A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
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Carlyle, Thomas
1795-1881 Scottish Philosopher Author

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
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Chesterton, Gilbert K.
1874-1936 British Author

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
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Choate, Rufus
1799-1859 American Lawyer Statesman

When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
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Cicero, Marcus T.
c 106-43 BC Great Roman Orator Politician

It is the briefest yet wisest maxim which tells us to meddle not.
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Colton, Charles Caleb
1780-1832 British Sportsman Writer

Men’s arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.
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Colton, Charles Caleb
1780-1832 British Sportsman Writer

There’s nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear.
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Dennett, Daniel

Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.
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Ebner-Eschenbach, Marie

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

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.
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Franklin, Benjamin
1706-1790 American Scientist Publisher Diplomat

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.
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Franklin, Benjamin
1706-1790 American Scientist Publisher Diplomat

I had a lovers quarrel with the world.
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Frost, Robert
1875-1963 American Poet

Never contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy, or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of argument.
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Fuller, Thomas
1608-1661 British Clergyman Author

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.
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Fuller, Thomas
1608-1661 British Clergyman Author

Soft words are hard arguments.
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Fuller, Thomas
1608-1661 British Clergyman Author

Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding.
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Gide, Andre
1869-1951 French Author

There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.
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Goldsmith, Oliver
1728-1774 Anglo-Irish Author Poet Playwright

The best way I know of to win an argument is to start by being in the right.
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Hailsham, Lord Quintin Hogg
1907 British Statesman

Hear one side and you will be in the dark. Hear both and all will be clear.
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Haliburton, Thomas C.
1796-1865 Canadian Jurist Author

The most important thing 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 too much apparent loss of face.
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Harris, Sidney J.
1917 American Journalist

No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other.
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Heifetz, Jascha
1901-1987 Lithuanian Violinist

But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions.
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Homer
c 850 – BC Greek Epic Poet

The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.
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Howe, Edgar Watson
1853-1937 American Journalist Author

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
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Hugo, Victor
1802-1885 French Poet Dramatist Novelist

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.
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Jefferson, Thomas
1743-1826 Third President of the USA

It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate.
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Joubert, Joseph
1754-1824 French Moralist

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
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Joubert, Joseph
1754-1824 French Moralist

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.
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Khayyam, Omar
1048-1131 Persian Astronomer Poet

You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it’s good for ones self-respect to be a punching bag.
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Koch, Edward
1924 American Politician

The argument of the strongest is always the best.
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La Fontaine, Jean De
1621-1695 French Poet

When all are wrong, everyone is right.
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La Lehaussee

Quarrels would not last so long if the fault lay only on one side.
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La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
1613-1680 French Classical Writer

Heat and animosity, contest and conflict, may sharpen the wits, although they rarely do; they never strengthen the understanding, clear the perspicacity, guide the judgment, or improve the heart.
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Landor, Walter Savage
1775-1864 British Poet Essayist

When you argue with your inferiors, you convince them of only one thing: they are as clever as you.
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Layton, Irving
1912 Canadian Poet

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
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Lowell, James Russell
1819-1891 American Poet Critic Editor

Debate is the death of conversation.
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Ludwig, Emil
1881-1948 German Writer

The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one’s opinion, but rather to know it.
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Maurois, Andre
1885-1967 French Writer

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
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Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
1533-1592 French Philosopher Essayist

The purely agitation attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.
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Nehru, Jawaharlal
1889-1964 Indian Nationalist Statesman

One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
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Nietzsche, Friedrich
1844-1900 German Philosopher

True disputants are like true sportsman: their whole delight is in the pursuit.
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Pope, Alexander
1688-1744 British Poet Critic Translator

When much dispute has past, we find our tenets just the same as last.
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Pope, Alexander
1688-1744 British Poet Critic Translator

In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
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Prior, Matthew
1664-1721 British Diplomat Poet

Soft words win hard hearts.
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Proverb

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

Use soft words and hard arguments.
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Proverb, English
Sayings of British Origin

It takes two to quarrel, but only one to end it.
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Proverb, Spanish
Sayings of Spanish Origin

Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.
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Saadi

It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.
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Sarton, May
1912 American Poet Novelist

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
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Shakespeare, William
1564-1616 British Poet Playwright Actor

In a false quarrel there is no true valor.
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Shakespeare, William
1564-1616 British Poet Playwright Actor

I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort Courteous; the second, the Quip Modest; the third, the Reply Churlish; the fourth, the Reproof Valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with Circumstance; the seventh, the Lie Direct.
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Shakespeare, William
1564-1616 British Poet Playwright Actor

Concerning God, freewill and destiny: Of all that earth has been or yet may be, all that vain men imagine or believe, or hope can paint or suffering may achieve, we descanted.
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Shelley, Percy Bysshe
1792-1822 British Poet

Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.
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Swift, Jonathan
1667-1745 Anglo-Irish Satirist

When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid — in which case all comment is superfluous — or it is something formidable, the very crux of the problem.
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Unamuno, Miguel De
1864-1936 Spanish Philosophical Writer

When two quarrel, both are in the wrong.
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Unknown, Source

There is no point in arguing about matters of taste.
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Unknown, Source

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

People who know the least always argue the most.
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Unknown, Source

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

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

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

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

A long dispute means that both parties are wrong
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Voltaire
1694-1778 French Historian Writer

Men argue, nature acts.
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Voltaire
1694-1778 French Historian Writer

Weakness on both sides is, the motto of all quarrels.
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Voltaire
1694-1778 French Historian Writer

Weak arguments are often thrust before my path; but although they are most insubstantial, it is not easy to destroy them. There is not a more difficult feat known than to cut through a cushion with a sword.
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Whately, Richard
1787-1863 British Prelate Writer

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.
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Whately, Richard
1787-1863 British Prelate Writer

How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed!
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Whitman, Walt
1819-1892 American Poet

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
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Wilde, Oscar
1856-1900 British Author Wit

I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.
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Wilde, Oscar
1856-1900 British Author Wit

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