Quotation Explorer - 'Argument'

Get out of your own way... What we call 'lack of willpower' is actually just losing an argument with an outdated version of yourself. - Steve Maraboli
Ridicule is the first and last argument of fools. - Charles Simmons
If you can't answer a man's argument, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names. - Elbert Hubbard
Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side. - Baltasar Gracian
Convincing yourself doesn't win an argument. - Robert Half
The most coward person is the one who uses religion to win an argument. - Asma Naqi
A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience as can be imagined. - David Hume
Earthly minds, like mud walls, resist the strongest batteries; and though, perhaps, somethimes the force of a clear argument may make some impression, yet they nevertheless stand firm, keep out the enemy, truth, that would captivate or disturbe them. - John Locke
The argument is made that naming God is never really naming God but only naming our understanding of God. To take our ideas of the divine and hold them as if they correspond to the reality of God is thus to construct a conceptual idol built from the materials of our mind. - Peter Rollins
for to the arguments of great thinkers there is no end, the idea of argument itself being a tool to improve the mind, the sharpest of all tools, born of the love of knowledge, which is to say, philosophy. - Salman Rushdie
Explain it as we may, a martial strain will urge a man into the front rank of battle sooner than an argument, and a fine anthem excite his devotion more certainly than a logical discourse.
The argument is at an end. - Saint Augustine
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left. - Margaret Thatcher
I like Aristotle, but I don’t agree with his cosmological argument about god. - Debasish Mridha
GRAPESHOT, n. An argument which the future is preparing in answer to the demands of American Socialism. - Ambrose Bierce
The way of love is not a subtle argument. The door there is devastation. Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall, and falling, they're given wings. - Jalaluddin Rumi
Because of racism, he can't govern effectively' is not a great argument for re-election. - James Taranto
I remember having an argument with Alan, I said the Queen's not just going to call the guy up and send him out to do it. And Alan says, well, how would a monarch give orders to her assassin. - Eddie Campbell
The definition of stupid is the inabilitly to see another side to an argument other than one's own. - James Rozoff
Presenting a rational argument to a person who has forsaken the use of reason is like asking a vegetarian to eat a cheeseburger. - Michel Templet
I never lose in any argument, because I always make sure that my opponent wins. - Debasish Mridha
The argument could be made that the word 'hero' is overused. I do not think, however, that this is the case when referring to teachers. - Steve Maraboli
Don't start an argument with somebody who has a microphone when you don't. They'll make you look like chopped liver. - Harlan Ellison
When you have no basis of argument, abuse the plaintiff. - Cicero
If the international community is not ready to defend the principles which it itself has proclaimed as its foundations, let it say so openly, both to the people of Bosnia and to the people of the world. Let it proclaim a new code of behavior in which force will be the first and the last argument. - Alija Izetbegović
I suppose it's unfair, tricks of argument that leave wounds, but with this sort of thing that (C.S.) Lewis does, what I feel is a craftsman's joy at the sight of a superior performance. - Joy Davidman
Of our thinking it is but the upper surface that we shape into articulate thought; underneath the region of argument and conscious discourse lies the region of meditation. - Thomas Carlyle
Not by discussions nor by argument, but by lifting up Christ shall we draw men unto Him. - James Hudson Taylor
The best argument against democracy is a five minute talk with the average voter. - Sir Winston Churchill
I have found you an argument; I am not obliged to find you an understanding. - James Boswell
People tell me I shouldn't smoke because it is makes you look like a tit. I use exactly the same argument when people tell me they go to the gym. - Robert Clark
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
Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long-bow; its force depends on the strength of the hand that draws it. But argument is like an arrow from a cross-bow, which has equal force if drawn by a child or a man.
It is impossible, or not easy, to alter by argument what has long been absorbed by habit - Aristotle
The argument of the broken pane of glass is the most valuable argument in modern politics.
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument an exchange of ignorance.
In every argument there is a discovery of truth and a bed of success. - Auliq Ice
An audience that is unwilling to suspend its own presuppositions and biases while considering an opposed (or even unopposed) viewpoint not only frustrates the function of extended argument but effectively denies its own beliefs a rational basis. - Vincent E. Barry
The modern definition of "racist" is "someone who is winning an argument with a liberal
The existence of the writer is an argument against the existence of the soul, for the soul has obviously taken flight from the real ego, but not improved itself, only become a writer. - Franz Kafka
Good editorial writing has less to do with winning an argument, since the other side is mostly not listening, than with telling the guys on your side how they ought to sound when they're arguing. - Adam Gopnik
The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence. - Ayn Rand
Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better. - George Santayana
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument. - William G. McAdoo
Empty is the argument of the philosopher which does not relieve any human suffering. - Epicurus
I'm very depressed how in this country you can be told "That's offensive" as though those two words constitute an argument. - Christopher Hitchens
Whether you're the best lawyer...Or the greatest philosopher...There will alway be at least two people that you can never win any argument with...Your child...And your wife...So don't argue with them...Just love them... - Nelson M. Lubao
A society that believes in nothing can offer no argument even against death. A culture that has lost its faith in life cannot comprehend why it should be endured. - Andrew Coyne
What is desire but the hard wire argument given to the mind's unstoppable mouth - Mary Jo Bang
Does that count as an argument? Can we kiss and make up now?"It was only half an argument.Fine. Then, you kiss and I’ll make up.I laughed until he effectively shut me up with his lips. - Colleen Houck
The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.
Better to withdraw own words or oneself from the discussion that leads to no solution than to drag oneself into an argument with the stupid people. - Anuj Somany
Be leery of silence. It doesn't mean you won the argument. Often, people are just busy reloading their guns. - Shannon L. Alder
Well, there was a sort of bastard justice in his view of the case, and so I dropped the matter. When you can't cure a disaster by argument, what is the use to argue? - Mark Twain
Beat a man with the strength of you argument, not with the strength of your arm. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
That’s another argument for writing: making something that outlasts you. - Zia Haider Rahman
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt the Younger
In a heated argument we are apt to lose sight of the truth. - Publilius Syrus
I learned an important lesson in the art of debate. Present your argument clearly, arm yourself with cutting wit and of course, bob and weave!
Emotions tend to get in the way of a good argument. - Steve Hague
Being snappy is a symptom of an argument we forgot to have some way back. - Alain de Botton
Behind every argument is someone's ignorance. - Louis D. Brandeis
I've never found anybody that I could work with as quickly as myself, or with less argument.
You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument. - Samuel Johnson
Truth springs from argument amongst friends. - David Hume
There is no good arguing with the inevitible. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat. - James Russell Lowell
The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion. - G.K. Chesterton
Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe. - Gordon B. Hinckley
When people have invested their identities into clichés, the only counter argument they have is 'being offended'. - Stefan Molyneux
For my part, I prefer the ontological argument, the cosmological argument and the rest of the old stock-in-trade, to the sentimental illogicality that has sprung from Rousseau. - Bertrand Russell
No rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude. - Karl R. Popper
Love isn't about saying cute things and being praised all the time. It's right after a long argument that drains the life out of both of you, and getting over it the next day. - Auliq Ice
Neither Pagan nor Mahamedan nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion. -quoting John Locke's argument. - Thomas Jefferson
There is only one way to defeat the enemy, and that is to write as well as one can. The best argument is an undeniably good book. - Saul Bellow
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
More often than not, a statist's argument against Anarchism boils down to an unwillingness to take control and responsibility for their own lives, actions, and communities. The sad truth is that the human animal has been domesticated to the point where it actually fears Liberty. - Dane Whalen
A single fact can spoil a good argument. - Anonymous
To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. - Winston S. Churchill
He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak. - Michel de Montaigne
My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never. - Jack Benny
In an argument, you have to learn to control your emotions. The other person is the revolver, but you are the trigger. The revolver won't hurt you as long as the trigger isn't pulled. - Donald Trump
there is only one way under high heaven to get the best of an argument - and that is to avoid it . - Dale Carnegie
watch out for schools that promise your kids will "experience success." I'm teaching Plato's Dialogues these days, and I noticed that Socrates never let his students experience success. Socrates won the argument every time. - David Kahn
Having someone to love and hold, to make you feel 'whole' and not alone, is worth every damn argument ever to be had. - Auliq Ice
Evolutionary biology is imperialistic, overtaking entire fields of endeavor simply by attaching the prefix bio or neuro -- to their names: bioethics, no comics, even, God help us, neurotheology. Its logic is deployed against helpless laymen as a bully's truncheon or an argument stopper. - Andrew Ferguson
Don't raise your voice. Improve your argument. - Desmond Tutu's father
Conservative should tend to resist the argument that our particular crisis is a more-than-normal one, that our particular moment is a more-than-Madisonian one. Conservatism is a healthy political persuasion because it is inclined to shun alarmism. - William Krystol
If you go in for argument, take care of your temper. Your logic, if you have any, will take care of itself. - Joseph Farrell
An aim of an argument should be progress, but progress ultimately means little without victory.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it. - Friedrich Nietzsche
As my mind changes, so do my quotes. I empathize with those who, by force, are put on trial for their own clarity of conscience. For that, we must convene by force of argument. - Michael Brett Turner
Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement. - George Burton Adams
My parents only had one argument in forty-five years. It lasted forty-three years. - Cathy Ladman
He who strikes the first blow admits he's lost the argument. - Chinese Proverb
Silence is argument carried out by other means. - Ernesto Che Guevara
An argument that is the loudest and gets the last word is not always the strongest. Know when to leave your argument on the table. If it’s a strong argument, - Suleika Jaouad
The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter. - Sir Winston Churchill
He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument. - William Shakespeare
Guy of Gisborne: I understand the king is winning, thanks be to God. Robin Hood: He’s killing more people.Gisborne: Is that not winning?Robin: Show me an argument ever settled with bloodshed, and then I’ll call it winning. - BBC Robin Hood
LADY BRACKNELLThis noise is extremely unpleasant. It sounds as if he was having an argument. I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing. - Oscar Wilde
The argument that making contraceptives available to young people would prevent teen pregnancies is ridiculous. That's like offering a cookbook as a cure to people who are trying to lose weight. - Jerry Falwell
I look up at the ceiling, at all the hardcover fiction. So very few people want it. It is operating as insulation rather than stock. The argument rages on about whether it is better to have books or ebooks, but while everyone gets heated about the choices, the hardcover fiction molders quietly away. - Deborah Meyler
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak. - Michel de Montaigne
If someone doesn't value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove that they should value it? If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument could you provide to show the importance of logic? - Sam Harris
Keep cool. Anger is not an argument. - Ziad K. Abdelnour
The key to holding a logical argument or debate is to allow oneself to understand the other person’s argument no matter how divergent their views may seem. - Auliq Ice
A novel is an impression, not an argument; and there the matter must rest. - Thomas Hardy
When there is no argument [dispute] over a talk, it is called ‘Principle’. - Dada Bhagwan
An authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience. - Rebecca West
As it stands there is a very strong argument that as the book trade becomes increasingly corporate it's our literary heritage that is at risk - a vital part of our culture. - Sara Sheridan
The fastest way to end an argument with your wife is to admit she’s right. - Matshona Dhliwayo
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