The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it.
The argument is at an end.
Arguing is really saying, "If you were really more like me, then I could like you better.
"They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance."
Trust the man who hesitates in his speech and is quick and steady in action, but beware of long arguments and long beards.
The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.
Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.
“Honest differences of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy making among free men.”
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it
The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
Just to create awareness would be enough, to at least get a debate started.
The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion, but rather to know it.
"By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient's reason; and once it is awake, who can foresee the result?"
Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.
What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.
It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy -- but he who has shown the better temper.
We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.
I'm willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I am never wrong.
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