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Argument quotes and quotations

When I'm getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say -- and two-thirds thinking about him and what he is going to say.
Abraham Lincoln

With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men I will plea; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.
William Lloyd Garrison

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

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.
David Hume

Life is a quest and love a quarrel ...
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs.
Jack Lynch

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. On Being a Teacher
Jonathan Kozol

For they are yet ear-kissing arguments.
William Shakespeare

To repeat what others have said, requires education, to challenge it,
requires brains.
Mary Pettibone Poole

My dear sir, they don't debate. Each of them merely issues an ultimatum, and in what a tone! It all goes to show what extraordinary people they are, each more unequivocal than the other. - "The Old Lady and the Bear"
Colette

Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
Jonathan Swift

Put the argument into a concrete shape, into an image, some hard phrase, round and solid as a ball, which they can see and handle and carry home with them, and the cause is half won.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When an arguer argues dispassionately he thinks only of the argument.
Virginia Woolf

The Argumet from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
Ayn Rand

My parents only had one argument in forty-five years. It lasted forty-three years.
Cathy Ladman

Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.
Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

Use soft words and hard arguments.
English Proverb

The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.
G. K. Chesterton

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

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

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

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

He who strikes the first blow admits he's lost the argument.
Chinese Proverb

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.
Louis D. Brandeis

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
Oscar Wilde

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

In a heated argument we are apt to lose sight of the truth.
Publilius Syrus

The argument is at an end.
Saint Augustine

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

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