Argument Quotes

Hyman G. Rickover

Nothing so sharpens the thought process as writing down one's arguments. Weaknesses overlooked in oral discussion become painfully obvious on the written page.

Thomas Hardy

A novel is an impression, not an argument; and there the matter must rest.

Sanhita Baruah

To write is to reveal oneself.
When I write something, fiction or non-fiction, I do not expect you to accept what I write, nor to agree with what I propose.
I expect you to spend at least a tenth of a second to think about it - may be not about the characters, nor about the piece, but at least about the idea.

David Mitchell

Words are what you fight with but what you fight about is whether or not you’re
Words are what you fight with but what you fight about is whether or not you’re afraid of them.

Vera Nazarian

Don't bother to argue anything on the Internet. And I mean, ANYTHING.... The most innocuous, innocent, harmless, basic topics will be misconstrued by people trying to deconstruct things down to the sub-atomic level and entirely miss the point.... Seriously. Keep peeling the onion and you get no onion.

Darryl F. Zanuck

If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.

Steven Magee

I worked on Mauna Kea for over five years and saw my health severely degrade during that time. The
two long term summit workers that I knew well died of disease conditions, another worker went on to
commit suicide, and others were argumentative.

Brittney Ryan

It's a strange truth that no matter how persuaded we might be of our own correctness, the discomfiting realization that others disagree with us causes a paralyzing inability to argue the case convincingly.

Giordano Bruno

They dispute not in order to find or even to seek Truth, but for victory, and to appear the more learned and strenuous upholders of a contrary opinion. Such persons should be avoided by all who have not a good breastplate of patience.

Richard Henry Pratt

The clash of ideas is not weakness.Truth reaches its place when tussling with error.

Barry Unsworth

The kind of truth that can be asserted by argument had lost all glamour, all lustre, for him, seeming no more now than another aspect of that ancient urge - much older than the desire for truth - to command attention, dominate one's fellows.

Jerry A. Fodor

It does bear emphasis that slippery-slope arguments are notoriously invalid.

L.J. Smith

Why do people always assume that volume will succeed when logic won’t? - Damon

Ram Mohan Roy

Just consider how terrible the day of your death will be
Others will go on speaking and you will not be able to argue back

Elizabeth Wein


C.S. Lewis

By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient's reason; and once it is awake, who can foresee the result?

Jennifer Harrison

I am not being overly harsh. Overtly hostile, yes, but exactly the right amount of harsh.

Ben Goldacre

You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.

Ursula K. Le Guin

They argued because they liked argument, liked the swift run of the unfettered mind along the paths of possibility, liked to question what was not questioned.

Wilkie Collins

Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.

Shatrujeet Nath

An intelligent man will use a book to settle an argument. Preferably a hardback with a thick spine, flat across the bridge of the nose.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Short men are happy, for they can pass easily through the door. Tall men are happy, for they can stand erect and pluck oranges with their hands. Again, short men are angry, for they cannot stand erect and pluck oranges with their hands. Again, tall men are angry, for they cannot pass easily through the door.

Aspen Baker

I have witnessed how the power of listening, storytelling and embracing gray areas breaks through the rigid 'us vs. them.

Chris Sardegna

Excluding certain ideas and thoughts, calling them hate speech, is an important piece in the progressive movement’s puzzle. If you can’t win an argument logically, demonize your opponent, make him out to be a bad person and all of a sudden the ideas he stands for become bad as well.

Dennis Garvin

The Angel (in Joshua) declared that he was born leader and indicated that he was in the army of the Lord. The Lord was the commander of that angel, and he is our commander still. We favor no human on either side of any argument.

Justin K. McFarlane Beau

When you raise the most valid of points, you will be grazed by the most hollow of souls, and the most vacant of personages.

Leo Tolstoy

The business of art lies just in this, - to make that understood and felt which, in the form of an argument, might be incomprehensible and inaccessible.

George Eliot

There are answers which, in turning away wrath, only send it to the other end of the room, and to have a discussion coolly waived when you feel that justice is all on your own side is even more exasperating in marriage than in philosophy.

Leah Stewart

His face became a mirror, and in it I saw a monster version of myself, unleashing my anger like black magic. In front of my children, in front of my neighbors' house. If I'd really been a witch Nathan would have been a column of dust. Not even a lizard, not even a toad. Just nothing. Nothingness,

Orson Scott Card

Bean sighed inwardly. It never failed. Whenever he had any conversation with Ender, it turned into an argument.

John Milton

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

Michael Bassey Johnson

People will say,"there's heaven and hell", and they take it so serious that they look so sorrowful with penitence. I would rather ask them to show me the route that leads to heaven or hell.

Neil Gaiman

They weren't making much sense; she decided they were having an argument as old and comfortable as an armchair, the kind of argument that no one ever really wins or loses, but which can go on for ever, if both parties are willing.

Maggie Stiefvater

You and I both know that love is for children,'' he said. ''We're adults. Compatibility is for adults.''

''Compatibility is for my Bluetooth and my car,'' Teresa replied. ''Only they get along just fine, and my car never makes my bluetooth feel like shit.

Wilkie Collins

No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman.

Sally Wentworth

There was no arguing with a man when he started saying thing like that - using logic as a weapon.

George Sand

Ce n'est pas la première fois que je remarque combien, en France particulièrement, les mots ont plus d’empire que les idées."

("It's not the first time I've noticed how much more power words have than ideas, particularly in France.")

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