Argument Quotes

Could I interrupt here, because there is an alternative explanation, which you are particularly well placed to examine. You know the argument that it is the alchemists in the laboratories who invent the sweet new kits.

E. P. Thompson

Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.

Rebecca West

It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.

Francis Beaumont

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

Edgar Watson Howe

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter

Winston Churchill

"The argument is at an end."

Saint Augustine

Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of the tyrant and the creed of the slave.

William Pitt

Argument are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.

Oscar Wilde

"For your own good" is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.

Janet Frame

Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.

Baltasar Gracian

The best way I know of to win an argument is to start by being in the right.

Lord Quintin Hogg Hailsham

I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.

Samuel Johnson

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

The only people who really listen to an argument are the neighbours.


It is a rare thing to win an argument & the other fellow's respect at the same time.


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

The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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

Andr? Maurois

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 Khayy?m

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

Joseph Joubert

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.

David Hume

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.

Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

Silence is argument carried out by other means

Ernesto "Che" Guevara

No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal

Marilyn Ferguson

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