The most important thing for a good marriage is to learn how to argue peaceably
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them
Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone who knows what he's talking about
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
The common dogma is fear of modern knowledge, inability to cope with the fast change in a scientific-technological society, and the real breakdown in apparent moral order in recent years.... That is why hate is the major fuel, fear is the cement of the movement, and superstitious ignorance is the best defence against the dangerous new knowledge. ... When you bring up arguments that cast serious doubts on their cherished beliefs you are not simply making a rhetorical point, you are threatening their whole Universe and their immortality. That provokes anger and quite frequently violence. ... Unfortunately you cannot reason with them and you even risk violence in confronting them. Their numbers will decline only when society stabilizes, and adapts to modernity
With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost
Silence is argument carried out by other means
I scrambled to the top of the precipice where Nick was waiting. 'That was fun,' I said. 'You bet it was,' said Nick. 'Let's climb higher.' 'No,' I said. 'I think we should be heading back now.' 'We have time,' Nick insisted. I said we didn't, and Nick said we did. We argued back and forth like that for about 20 minutes, then finally decided to head back. I didn't say it was an interesting story
The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.
Truth springs from argument amongst friends.
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
Make sure you never, never argue at night. You just lose a good night's sleep, and you can't settle anything until morning anyway.
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.
Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tired on him personally.
The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion, but rather to know it.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
One of the first things a relationship therapist learns is that couples argue to burn up energy that could be used for something else. In fact, arguments often serve the purpose of using up energy, so that the couple do not have to take the courageous, creative leap into an unknown they fear. Arguing serves the function of being a zone of familiarity into which you can retreat when you are afraid of making a creative breakthrough.
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.
Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.
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.
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