Argument Quotes

Argument Quotes by S. T. Joshi, Peter Thiel, Martha C. Nussbaum, Robert Greene, Mark Twain, Salman Rushdie and many others.

When I read passages like this, I want to look for the

When I read passages like this, I want to look for the nearest wall to bang my head against.
S. T. Joshi
There have been a lot of critiques of the finance industry’s having possibly foisted subprime mortgages on unknowing buyers, and a lot of those kinds of arguments are even more powerful when used against college administrators who are probably in some ways engaged in equally misleading advertising.
Peter Thiel
Radio was, in a way, a very philosophical medium. You could make an argument on the radio, and people listened to it. Television is already harder because people’s attention span becomes shorter with television. Cut to a commercial and all that.
Martha C. Nussbaum
Win through your actions, never through argument.
Robert Greene
Men write many fine and plausible arguments in support of monarchy, but the fact remains that where every man has a voice, brutal laws are impossible
Mark Twain
A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
Salman Rushdie
Argument is to me the air I breathe.
Gertrude Stein
There’s no point in arguing with partisan supporters. Their views are their identity. Nothing you can tell the most phlegmatic follower.
Michael Lewis
The impossibility of conceiving that this grand and wondrous universe, with our conscious selves, arose through chance, seems to me the chief argument for 
the existence of God.
Charles Darwin
I actually bought the argument that if we democratized Iraq, we could create a space for venting some of the stuff that’s going on in the Middle East in these autocratic regimes that is expressing itself through jihadism, because it has nowhere else to express itself.
Andrew Sullivan
The fear of punishment, the desire of reward, the sense of duty, are all useful arguments, in their way, to persuade people to holiness. But they are all weak and powerless, until a person loves Christ.
J. C. Ryle
To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements or declarations. True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known. They are free to receive, welcome, to accept.
Henri Nouwen
Art has no need of philosophical arguments, it does not follow the signposts of philosophical systems; Art like life, dictates systems to philosophy.
Naum Gabo
As there is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it, so reasonable arguments, challenges to magnanimity, and appeals to sympathy or justice, are folly when we are dealing with human crocodiles and boa-constrictors.
William James
Neoliberalism is vulnerable. When it comes to talking about social provisions, the only argument they have is the argument of barbarians: that social provisions make people dependent, and dependency is an evil, and people have to pick themselves up by their bootstraps. And that is such bullshit that it boggles my mind.
Henry Giroux
I was an adult before I began to learn that there is a difference between a conversation and an argument.
Marion Dane Bauer
I am very hostile to religion because it is enormously dominant, especially in American life. And I don’t buy the argument that, well, it’s harmless. I think it is harmful, partly because I care passionately about what’s true.
Richard Dawkins
My father always used to say, “Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.” Good sense does not always lie with the loudest shouters, nor can we say that a large, unruly crowd is always the best arbiter of what is right.
Desmond Tutu
Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.
John Locke
The argument for collectivism is simple; free market is not.
Milton Friedman
And without further argument he unsheathed the sword and cleaved Miss Foxe’s head from her neck. He knew what was supposed to happen. He knew that this awkward, whispering creature before him should now transform into a princess – dazzlingly beautiful, free, and made wise by her hardship. That is not what happened.
Helen Oyeyemi
Do not let arguments of expediency persuade you. That is the slow road to oblivion. That is the tortured path to undoing step by step, bit by bit, as the river creates a canyon, the way of life that we love.
Chuck Schumer
The worst, most insidious effect of censorship is that, in the end, it can deaden the imagination of the people. Where there is no debate, it is hard to go on remembering, every day, that there is a suppressed side to every argument.
Salman Rushdie
For the sake of argument I’ll ignore all your fighting words.
Larry Wall
You don’t break up with someone just because of an argument, Josh. At least, I don’t.
Barry Lyga
I try to most effectively and persuasively present our argument, in a way that gives other people the information they need to decide, on the merits, the wisdom of the path that the president has advocated.
Josh Earnest
The best argument for anarchism is the twentieth century.
Joseph Sobran
If in the script there is an argument about gun control, the most precious document you could produce at ‘The West Wing’ that week is a passionate, intelligent case against gun control. We know how to do the other one.
Lawrence O’Donnell
Invariably, it is this for which I write: the joy … of an argument firmly made, like a nail straightly driven, its head flush to the plank.
George Will
By all means, avoid words—threats, complaints, justification, narratives, reframing, attempts to win arguments, supplications; avoid words!
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
[FlГјrscheim] was good at unanswerable arguments.
Christopher Kelk Ingold
The great argument used now against any theological proposition is not, that it is untrue, or unthinkable, or unedifying, or unscriptural, or unorthodox, but simply, that the modern mind cannot accept it.
Ronald Knox
We all want our border to be secure. However, certain individuals use this argument to stop us from ever enacting immigration reform.
Pete Gallego
Most arguments with teenagers are setups. Your darling, simply stated, is manipulating you.
Kevin Leman
Set a good example as parents, since the most convincing argument that a girl can become a computer coder is that her mother is one.
Lionel Shriver
Heat and animosity, contest and conflict, may sharpen the wits, although they rarely do; they never strengthen the understanding, clear the perspicacity, guide the judgment, or improve the heart.
Walter Savage Landor
A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and mask on his face. They are both more or less what the law declares them: lawbreakers, destroyers of constitutional rights and liberties and ultimately destroyers of a free America.
Lyndon B. Johnson
They looked at one another in incomprehension, two minds driving opposite ways up a narrow street and waiting for the other man to reverse first.
Terry Pratchett
One of the most compelling arguments for the Christian faith is the simple fact that it survived.
Andy Stanley
We run into some pretty tough arguments sometimes, but the idea is that at the end of the day, my wife and I realize that we’ll always be holding each other’s hand. This is a lifelong relationship, and after 12 years she hasn’t gotten rid of me yet.
Kyle Chandler
The EU lacks a story. For previous generations, the peace argument was a sufficient. But what story do I tell my 20-year-old son? How do I explain to him that we need the EU for the future?
Margot Wallstrom
Suckers try to win arguments, nonsuckers try to win.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Simplicity is all. Simple logic, simple arguments, simple visual images. If you can’t reduce your argument to a few crisp words and phrases, there’s something wrong with your argument. There’s nothing long-winded about ‘LibertГ©, Г©galitГ©, fraternitГ©’.
Maurice Saatchi
Are you going to win every argument?” He was pretty certain he’d asked her that once before. May be twice. “Only the important ones.
Christine Feehan
There are all kinds of stupid people that annoy me but what annoys me most is a lazy argument.
Christopher Hitchens
In the past, secularists sought to challenge dogma by the use of rational argument, claiming, for example, that miracles described in the Bible are scientifically impossible.
Stephen Kinzer
Yes, Democrats can prove that America pays more for health care than other countries; yes, they have won the dispute that private health insurance is needlessly expensive. But what they’ve lost is the argument that we are a society.
Thomas Frank
Rudeness is better than any argument; it totally eclipses intellect.
Arthur Schopenhauer
I have heard somewhere an argument that if the Industrial Revolution – economic development – had started in Africa rather than Europe, then sun and wave technology would now be at the forefront, not the old fossil fuels.
Emily Maitlis
Yes, there is some evidence that migration can slightly depress wages at the bottom end of the labour market, but that’s an argument for a genuine living wage, for ensuring all workers are employed on the same terms and conditions, and for extending unionisation.
Owen Jones
And before you ask, no, you’re not driving, Myrnin. I remember the last time.” “That accident was not my fault.” “You were the only one on the road, and the mailbox actually didn’t leap out in front of you. No arguments. You sit in the back, too.
Rachel Caine
When we’re talking about feminism, I get sort of lost in the argument. Because as a woman of color, I don’t know where I belong in this argument. Where do I say, ‘I would be happy to have less money’? How do you fight for your rights when I’m super-grateful to be here at all?
Margaret Cho
Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not to create it.
Edward de Bono
This band has never had an argument. It’s just amazing.
Dave Edmunds
From my mom and dad, because they’re happily married for a long time: Just listen. Listen to him. I’m so independent and driven and stubborn. Just let him talk. It’s about not being so stubborn and having to win every argument. My parents set a great example. They love each other and take care of each other so much.
Erin Andrews
The modern concept of separation is an argument for a total separation of religion from the state. The consequence of the acceptance of the doctrine leads to the removal of religion as an influence in civil government.
Francis Schaeffer
Trump makes really, really powerful arguments, for example in relation to healthcare. He talks about the cartels and the concentration of power and the health insurance companies effectively having monopolies and ripping people off.
Steve Hilton
What nobody wants to discuss is whether or not the black-and-white argument about trade – you’re either a free trader or you’re a protectionist – is the right one. It’s the old 19th century argument.
John Ralston Saul
Some People think ‘coven’ is a word for a group of witches, and it’s true that’s what the dictionary says. But the real word for a group of witches is ‘an argument’.
Terry Pratchett
It is senseless to argue with someone whose sole purpose in life is to not be convinced of anything.
Jon Campbell
Illogical thinkers throw names and slurs around because they have no arguments with which to rebut their opponents. Rational people have to keep hammering their points home.
Ben Carson
Mostly, we argued about who which of us was better at arguing, and particularly about who had won the previous argument.
Chuck Klosterman
Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
George Santayana
Little minds try to defend everything at once, but sensible people look at the main point only; they parry the worst blows and stand a little hurt if thereby they avoid a greater one. If you try to hold everything, you hold nothing.
Frederick The Great
Lawyers serve a purpose, and we couldn’t operate as society without them. They can make things more complicated and difficult, but there are certain times where the need for them is crucial to an argument or an event or an issue.
Gabriel Macht
[F]riends praise your abilities to the skies, submit to you in argument, and seem to have the greatest deference for you; but, though they may ask it, you never find them following your advice upon their own affairs; nor allowing you to manage your own.
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
The argument of those who are being criticized at any time, the civil rights movement forward, the anti-war movement forward, is, it’s always outside agitators doing it.
Mark Shields
There is, of course, a legitimate argument for some limitation upon immigration. We no longer need settlers for virgin lands, and our economy is expanding more slowly than in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
John F. Kennedy
Painting is the same kind of problem as unfolding a long, sustained interlocked argument… It is a proposition commanded by a single unity of conception.
Winston Churchill
People say you don’t need a father to be successful. I take offense to that. I had an argument with my mom about Father’s Day and why it’s not celebrated like Mother’s Day.
Dwight Howard
What no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish.
Austin Farrer
First of all, you can make the argument that there’s no such thing as the past. Nobody lived in the past.
David McCullough
I used to think that great art happened without argument, and maybe that’s not the case. Maybe the things that are most important in this life, you have to fight for.
Jon Foreman
What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh!
Agnes Repplier
Reasonable argument is impossible when authority becomes the arbiter.
Orson Scott Card
In third grade, I had to an oral report on the state of Oregon. I brought up Big Foot sightings, and I remember there was an argument about whether or not Big Foot was valid history. Ever since then I’ve been thinking about how subjective history is.
Sufjan Stevens
LEAD, n. A heavy blue-gray metal much used … as a counterpoise to an argument of such weight that it turns the scale of debate the wrong way. An interesting fact in the chemistry of international controversy is that at the point of contact of two patriotisms lead is precipitated in great quantities.
Ambrose Bierce
More and more, we have been able to present the argument that recruitment of child soldiers is a social breakdown that leads to atrocities, because that’s why they get them.
Romeo Dallaire
Change happens not just by giving the mind new arguments but also by feeding the imagination new beauties
Timothy Keller
Always remember that your calmness under fire is your best defense in any argument or discussion.
Robert Greene
The very metaphor Paul chooses for this decisive moment in his argument shows that what he has in mind is not the unmaking of creation or simply its steady development, but the drastic and dramatic birth of new creation from the womb of the old.
N. T. Wright
I am such a coward when it comes to political arguments. I tend to sort of recoil rather than engage.
John Lithgow
Love is a very compelling argument.
Brian Houston
But the argument is still unsound, because the first premise is false: there are other unmentioned alternatives, for example, that Jesus as described in the gospels is a legendary figure, so that the trilemma is false as it stands.
William Lane Craig
Therefore we value the poet. All the argument and all the wisdom is not in the encyclopedia, or the treatise on metaphysics, or the Body of Divinity, but in the sonnet or the play.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Bible nowhere enters into an argument to prove the person and being of God. It assumes His being and reveals His person and character.
Edward McKendree Bounds
Few progressives would take issue with the argument that, significant accomplishments notwithstanding, the Obama presidency has been a big disappointment.
Eric Alterman
Affect not little shifts and subterfuges to avoid the force of an argument.
Isaac Watts
In the discovery of secret things and in the investigation of hidden causes, stronger reasons are obtained from sure experiments and demonstrated arguments than from probable conjectures and the opinions of philosophical speculators of the common sort.
W. S. Gilbert
I just hope that more people will ignore the fatalism of the argument that we are beyond repair. We are not beyond repair. We are never beyond repair.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
In the discovery of secret things and in the investigation of hidden causes, stronger reasons are obtained from sure experiments and demonstrated arguments than from probable conjectures and the opinions of philosophical speculators of the common sort.
William Gilbert
I have no truck with the faintly conspiratorial argument that international governments are gleeful about a public-health emergency to enact authoritarian measures.
Claire Fox
Don’t drag the Mossad into political arguments. These are people who can’t defend themselves.
Benny Gantz
The thorniest business problems will surface at the board meetings, and the different, sharp opinions help to better explore the poles of the arguments to make better decisions.
Scott Weiss
My argument is that there is already an automated machine to make pads. What I did – I reverse-engineered it to ‘simple.’ Anyone who wants to compete will have to come out with a simpler machine.
Arunachalam Muruganantham
Newspapers and their editors have to become as accountable as the rest of us – they are not ‘a special case,’ and they have only themselves to blame for having lost the argument for ‘exceptionalism’ – and with it the right to ‘self-regulation.’
David Puttnam
Tears are not arguments.
Machado de Assis
No matter what argument you make against evolution, the response is Well, you know, it’s possible to believe in evolution and believe in God. Yes, and it’s possible to believe in Spiderman and believe in God, but that doesn’t prove Spiderman is true.
Ann Coulter
It is a seldom proffered argument as to the advantages of a free press that it has a major function in keeping the government itself informed as to what the government is doing.
Walter Cronkite
No deeply rooted tendency was ever extirpated by adverse judgment. Not having originally been founded on argument, it cannot be destroyed by logic.
George Henry Lewes
My main argument is that environmental destruction comes when people externalise their costs and pass them on to future generations. That is obviously something that large enterprises do and they become large by doing it.
Roger Scruton
Every sermon must have a solid rest in Scripture, and the pointedness which comes of a clear subject, and the conviction which belongs to well-thought argument, and the warmth that proceeds from earnest appeal.
Phillips Brooks
There would always be a vote. There were always conflicts and arguments for years and years – that’s why we’re not together anymore. But there was always a vote. It was always two out of three.
David Zucker
Behind every argument is someone’s ignorance.
Louis D. Brandeis
Mann was profoundly influenced by two philosophers, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, who returned to the most ancient of all philosophical questions – “How to live?” – and whose writings offered novel perspectives for considering that question (much more perspective-offering than rigorous argument!)
Philip Kitcher
The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.
E. W. Howe
Fallacious and misleading arguments are most easily detected if set out in correct syllogistic form.
Immanuel Kant
History furnishes to politics all the arguments that it needs, for the chosen cause.
Romain Rolland
Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.
Jane Austen
Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about.
Katharine Hepburn
Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.
Albert Camus
On balance, after weighing the arguments, I believe that the time has come for Australia to create a new sovereign wealth fund.
Malcolm Turnbull
They think America is like a major league in entertainment. For me personally being here for the past year-and-a-half, I know some of the arguments and discrepancies African American actors have with the opportunities here.
Aml Ameen
On every single picture on my Instagram page, you’ll find a negative comment. My supporters will normally stand up to that hateful person, and then it will become a big argument, and it’s just a lot. I try to tell myself not to listen to the haters, and I try not to read the comments because it’s not worth it.
Jazz Jennings
Where they couldn’t pick holes in our arguments they would drive horses and carriages through my character.
Julian Assange
The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.
George Carlin
Father sighed. “Please spare me these arguments of yours.” “Whose arguments should I use?
Franny Billingsley
It is triple ultra forbidden to respond to criticism with violence. There are a very few injunctions in the human art of rationality that have no ifs, ands, buts, or escape clauses. This is one of them. Bad argument gets counterargument. Does not get bullet. Never. Never ever never for ever.
Eliezer Yudkowsky
I guess some people are brilliant enough to be brilliant on their own and never doubt anything and come up with fabulous things. But I think it’s good to get into arguments with people and have them say, ‘That sucks’ or ‘You’re crazy’ or ‘That’s cheesy’ or ‘What do you think of this?’
Madonna Ciccone
Surely you do not believe in the gods. What’s your argument? Where’s your proof?
The only part of an argument that really matters is what we think of the people arguing.
Kim Stanley
The advent of DNA testing, and the number of convictions thrown out, has confirmed that we’ve put LOTS of innocent people to death. There need not be any other argument against death penalty.
Gene Weingarten
In the French culture, they talk politics. I didn’t find it was part of our culture to have political arguments at the table. My husband’s family will get into major politics, and it’s not an aggressive thing. It’s so interesting and you learn so much, whether it’s Right or Left, and that to me has been really great.
Kim Raver
Again the message to experimentalists is: Be sensible but don’t be impressed too much by negative arguments. If at all possible, try it and see what turns up. Theorists almost always dislike this sort of approach.
Francis Crick
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 forever, if both parties are willing.
Neil Gaiman
not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of . . . but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take.
Thomas Jefferson
I have always thought that the role of the film-maker is to present the argument persuasively, emotionally and coherently and then it is over to the viewer, they are either convinced or not convinced, moved or not moved and they decide whether they will take action or not.
Franny Armstrong
Remind yourself that winning an argument or proving your point really gets you nowhere in the long run. Win through your actions, not your words.
Robert Greene
It depends on the situation. I mean, on one hand there’s the argument that people should be left alone on the other hand, there’s the argument to wade in a stop slaughters in places like Bosnia and Kosovo and what we probably should have done in Rwanda.
Jello Biafra
I really do not know, Socrates, how to express what I mean. For somehow or other our arguments, on whatever ground we rest them, seem to turn round and walk away from us.
The Spirit never makes men the instruments of converting others until they feel that they cannot do it themselves; that their skill in argument, in persuasion, in management, avails nothing.
Charles Hodge
When Jesus got the big questions, he didn’t present arguments. He presented himself.
Timothy Keller
The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Strange it is that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free speech but object to their being “pushed to an extreme,” not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case, they are not good for any case.
John Stuart Mill
The children don’t choose to be in the business, but the harming and long-term effects through arguments, divorce and conflicts over the financial issues in a business are huge.
Robert Irvine
The argument about the need to regulate the digital space has to be weighed against freedom of expression in our society, whether we are interacting in a virtual world or in the real world where we have the growth of so-called ‘safe spaces.’
Claire Fox
The basis of almost every argument or conclusion I can make is the axiom that the short story can be anything the author decides it shall be;…In that infinite flexibility, indeed lies the reason why the short story has never been adequately defined.
H. E. Bates
I don’t think there’s a lot of dispute for this. You can argue that we didn’t get everything done that we wanted to get done, but I can make a really strong argument, and I think prove, that by almost every measure the country’s better off now than when I started.
Barack Obama
Interfaith dialogue is a must today, and the first step in establishing it is forgetting the past, ignoring polemical arguments, and giving precedence to common points, which far outnumber polemical ones.
Fethullah Gulen
An argument may remove doubt, but only the Holy Spirit can convict of truth.
Ravi Zacharias
I try to turn a written thing, when I’m in trouble with it, into a spoken thing: I start imagining what I would say to someone if I were trying to tell the story or make the argument.
Adam Gopnik
Our argument is not flatly circular, but something like it. It has the form, figuratively speaking, of a closed curve in space.
Willard Van Orman Quine
If one of the arguments against eating meat is to do with cruelty and animal intelligence, then lab meat avoids that. There’s also the environmental argument for it.
Margaret Atwood
Arguments could fill a marriage like water, running through everything, always, with no taste or color but lots of noise.
Barbara Kingsolver
Ministers who threaten death and destruction employ weapons of weakness. Argument and kindness are alone effectual, flavored by the principles of Divine love.
Hosea Ballou
After a lifetime of picking stocks, I have to admit that Bogle’s arguments in favor of the index fund have me thinking of joining him rather than trying to beat him. Bogle’s wisdom and common sense are indispensable… for anyone trying to figure out how to invest in this crazy stock market.
Jim Cramer
Earthly minds, like mud walls, resist the strongest batteries; and though, perhaps, sometimes 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
sometimes I was so bored that I started arguments just to experience the rush of almost losing him.
Lena Dunham
Hunger is the argument that is driving India to the spinning wheel.
Mahatma Gandhi
Writers have an opinion about the world and offer arguments about the world. They should offer contemplation.
Salman Rushdie
To those who think that the law of gravity interferes with their freedom, there is nothing to say.
Lionel Tiger
The argument that someone is a bad man is an inadequate argument for war and certainly an inadequate and unacceptable argument for regime change.
John Major
Logic is justly considered the basis of all other sciences, even if only for the reason that in every argument we employ concepts taken from the field of logic, and that ever correct inference proceeds in accordance with its laws.
Alfred Tarski
I now add, farther, that the apostle’s argument is so far from proving it to be the duty of people to obey, and submit to, such rulers as act in contradiction to the public good, and so to the design of their office, that it proves the direct contrary.
Jonathan Mayhew
But Jesus, our Advocate, presents an effectual plea in behalf of all who by repentance and faith have committed the keeping of their souls to Him.He pleads their cause, and by the mighty arguments of Calvary vanquishes their accuser.
Ellen G. White
I don’t believe there are two sides to every argument. I think the facts are the center. And watching the news abandon the facts in favor of “fairness” is what’s troubling to me.
Aaron Sorkin
The difficulty with pragmatic arguments for a religion is that truths do not always “work”, and beliefs that “work” are by no means always true.
John Warwick Montgomery
In exorcism, a verbal argument can never do anything. You can’t ever beat the entity in a verbal argument because that’s what he wants. It’s only through a confront, a non-verbal confront, that anything happens. It has to be non-verbal.
William S. Burroughs
We’d won the argument 15 years before, we were just losing the fight. And so it became clear to some of us that we would need to organise to fight, that we weren’t going to win.
Bill McKibben
Lincoln had no such person that he could talk with. Often, as a result, he debated with himself, and he would draw up a kind of list of the pros and cons of an argument, and carefully figure them out, and he might test them in public.
David Herbert Donald
The clash of ideas is not weakness. Truth reaches its place when tussling with error.
Richard Henry Pratt
Truth does not need argument, agreement, theories or beliefs. There is only one test for it and that is to ask yourself ‘Is the statement true or false in my experience?’
Barry Long
The more a race is governed by its passions, the less it has acquired the habit of cautious and reasoned argument, the more intense will be its love of music.
In sports as in child rearing, marital arguments, or tantrums, the same laws of learning apply; when an emotion is encouraged and the rules permit it, it is perpetuated, not ‘drained.’ … An emotion without social rules of containment and expression is like an egg without a shell: a gooey mess.
Carol Tavris
It was very difficult to go farther than that in the arguments with my father because he would always have a story or a justification to tell you, which I never considered valid because there is not an excuse for violence.
Juan Pablo Escobar
There are 435 members of Congress. There’s one ‘Morning Joe’ show. Hopefully, we can keep hammering the argument that you can disagree with other people and have debates but remain civil.
Joe Scarborough
The only real argument against the Bible is an unholy life. When a man argues against the Word of God, follow him home, and see if you cannot discover the reason of his enmity to the Word of the Lord. It lies in some sort of sin.
Charles Spurgeon
I should probably be careful admitting this, but sometimes, when my characters are having a disagreement, it’s a disagreement I’m having with myself. I can see both sides of the argument.
Curtis Sittenfeld
‘The Ballad of Black Tom’ was written, in part, during the latest round of arguments about H. P. Lovecraft’s legacy as both a great writer and a prejudiced man. I grew up worshipping the guy, so this issue felt quite personal to me.
Victor LaValle
I spent nearly two decades as a social worker and an educator with kids. So, my whole life has been about helping middle-class families. So it’s just kind of a hollow argument to say I’m not a family person.
Kyrsten Sinema
Give me the facts, and I will twist them the way I want, to suit my argument.
Winston Churchill
The world is split into two kinds of people, those who would go out for a drink with John Lennon, and those who`’d choose Paul McCartney… After The Beatles came back from India, Lennon wrote “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” and McCartney wrote “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.” End of argument.
Paul Bettany
When we refuse to help the enemies of ISIS, we’re empowering ISIS. We’re aiding their recruitment. We’re abetting their argument that America discriminates against people based on their religions, which is expressly prohibited in our Constitution.
Seth Moulton
Growth chestnuts have to be placed on the unyielding anvil of biophysical realities and then crushed with the hammer of moral argument.
Herman E. Daly
My argument is not that I shouldn’t have been punished, but that the punishment didn’t fit the crime.
Kevin Mitnick
I know I deal with it, I’m sure a lot of other people deal with it: you have that little funny dig you want to give on Twitter or you want to put in your column. Don’t do it. it always undermines your argument.
Kirsten Powers
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.
Leo Tolstoy
The idea of what’s acceptable and what’s shocking, that’s where I investigate. I mean, you can’t be on ‘Top Gear,’ where your only argument is that it’s all just a joke and anyone who takes offence is an example of political correctness gone mad, and then not accept the counterbalance to that.
Stewart Lee
If we are not serious about facts and what’s true and what’s not. And particularly in an age of social media where so many people are getting their information in sound bites and snippets off their phones, if we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems.
Barack Obama
I was a human rights lawyer for 20 years, I believed those values of dignity, equality and non-discrimination were a given. believed the only question in my lifetime would be – how much further do we extend those values? I did not think in my lifetime we’d actually be having an argument about those values.
Keir Starmer
With all women gentleness is the most persuasive and powerful argument.
Theophile Gautier
Wikipedia is forcing people to accept the stone-cold bummer that knowledge is produced and constructed by argument rather than by divine inspiration.
Clay Shirky
I think that argument is completely morally bankrupt, and I think people know that when they make it. There’s a very big difference between having a sincere, passionate interest in a topic and being a paid shill. Particularly for PR firms, it’s something they should really very strongly avoid: ever touching an article.
Jimmy Wales
I’d read ‘Paradise Lost’ as an undergrad at university but remembered little about it. No, not true: I remembered few details, but carried with me with the persuasive arguments and pitiable dilemma of its arguable protagonist, Satan.
Andrew Pyper
The most important thing in an argument, next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent, so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without too much apparent loss of face.
Sydney J. Harris
i am with the roots of flowers entwined, entombed sending up my passionate blossoms as a flight of rockets and argument; wine churls my throat, above me feet walk upon my brain, monkies fall from the sky clutching photographs of the planets, but i seek only music and the leisure of my pain
Charles Bukowski
When every one of your arguments is characterized an attempt to bring back slavery or resegregate lunch counters, it’s a little hard to have any sort of productive debate.
Ann Coulter
I grew up in a family that despised displays of strong emotion, rage in particular. We stewed. We sulked. When arguments did occur, they were full-scale conniptions, and we regarded them as family failings.
Koren Zailckas
The Michelle Obama that her old friends remember, that people knew in Chicago, she was a really incisive social critic. She knew how to drive an argument home. People liked her both in the workplace and socially because she was so frank.
Jodi Kantor
If you believe certain words, you believe their hidden arguments. When you believe something is right or wrong, true or false, you believe the assumptions in the words which express the arguments. Such assumptions are often full of holes, but remain most precious to the convinced.
Frank Herbert
I will listen to any argument put to me.
George Osborne
The best kids are going to become the best. But the best thing about it is that you’re going to learn lessons in playing those sports about winning and losing and teamwork and teammates and arguments and everything else that are going to affect you positively for the rest of your life.
Carl Lewis
No matter what side of an argument you’re on, you always find some people on your side that wish you were on the other side.
Jascha Heifetz
We have to be vigilant against protectionism and be constantly making the argument for free trade.
Andrew Scheer
No truth is proved, no truth achieved, by argument, and the ready-made truths men offer you are mere conveniences or drugs to make you sleep.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
You can make a very good argument that society would be much worse off if you let 10 rapists and murderers free rather than put one poor, wrongly accused accountant in prison. And so my only point on that is that it should open up an argument. It should not sort of settle one, because nobody disagrees with it.
Jonah Goldberg
Nothing is more certain than much of the force; as well as grace, of arguments or instructions depends their conciseness.
Alexander Pope
Always trust yourself and your own feelings, as opposed to arguments and discussions. If it turns out that you are wrong, then the natural growth of your inner life will eventually guide you to other insights.
Rainer Maria Rilke
If you want a good argument against democracy, spend five minutes with a voter.
Winston Churchill
I was told in many places of Osgar’s bravery and Goll’s strength and Conan’s bitter tongue, and the arguments of Oisin and Patrick. And I have often been given the story of Oisin’s journey to Tir-nan-Og, the Country of the Young, that is, as I am told, a fine place and everything that is good is in it.
Lady Gregory
Television is much more difficult because at every moment, the network can force you to change things based on their belief about what would make it popular. You’re in a constant debate with a gun to your head, and the gun is cancellation. So it’s hard to win the arguments.
Judd Apatow
When Bishop Berkeley said “there was no matter.” And proved it–‘t was no matter what he said.
Lord Byron
Most umpires are good about letting the argument go, but you can only go on for so long, or go so far. If you don’t leave it alone after a minute or two, you’re in trouble. They want to keep the game moving, so they’ve got to throw you out. I had trouble leaving it alone, I guess.
Bobby Cox
Well, it has done terrifying things. Religious ideas are inflammatory in a way that I find difficult to understand. There are very few wars over the theory of relativity. Very few heated arguments, for that matter. Whereas, in Northern Ireland, they are killing one another over religion.
Quentin Crisp
I think that in any argument about right or wrong in football, a reference to Don Revie’s Leeds United is the nuclear option. There is, quite simply, nowhere to go after that. There has never been a more horrible football team. The Leeds of the Seventies were found guilty, week in, week out, of crimes against humanity.
Giles Smith
Don’t get divorced after your first argument! I have a lot of friends that have one fight and that’s it, they get divorced. I go, ‘Wait a minute! Oh my gosh, you guys! Calm down! You’ll forget in three days what you were fighting about. I promise. So just let it marinate a little bit-that’s my best love advice.
Kelly Ripa
Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.
George Savile
Arguments, like men, are often pretenders.
Arguments cannot be answered by personal abuse; there is no logic in slander, and falsehood, in the long run, defeats itself.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Emotions may win arguments, but they don’t win wars.
Kathleen Troia McFarland
I come from an Italian family. One of the greatest and most profound expressions we would ever use in conversations or arguments was a slamming door. The slamming door was our punctuation mark.
Mario Batali
I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with a bank being big. In fact, there are some good arguments about universality of geography that in theory, if you have all your eggs in one little community, and some big employer goes out, that could be your downfall.
Wilbur Ross
It’s the problem with age. You have all these rusty arguments, and no quarrel to use them in. My brain is a museum, but alas, I’m the only visitor, and even I am not terribly interested in the displays.
Orson Scott Card
Remember when we was young, everybody used to have these arguments about who’s better, Michael Jackson or Prince? Prince won!
Chris Rock
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
Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.
J. Sidlow Baxter
Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence.
Christopher Hitchens
There are so many ridiculous arguments that MMA is somehow anti-woman.
Ronda Rousey
In my view, the argument from parsimony is really no argument at all – it typically functions only to shut down more interesting discussion. If history is any guide, it’s never a good idea to assume that a scientiп¬Ѓc problem is cornered.
David Eagleman
Apple chief executive Tim Cook is such a respected figure that it’s easy to overlook the basic problem with his argument about encryption: Cook is asserting that a private company and the interests of its customers should prevail over the public’s interest as expressed by our courts.
David Ignatius
Let go of your ego’s need to be right. When you’re in the middle of an argument, ask yourself: Do I want to be right or be happy? When you choose the joyous, loving, spiritual mode, your connection to intention is strengthened.
Wayne Dyer
Dependency arguments often come from elites – either aid agencies or governments – and say something about attitudes to poor people.
Paul Harvey
While we remain a nation decisively shaped by religious faith, our politics and our culture are, in the main, less influenced by movements and arguments of an explicitly Christian character than they were even five years ago. I think this is a good thing – good for our political culture.
Jon Meacham
It may be something that future generations are more open to, but I am pretty confident that for the foreseeable future, using the argument of nondiscrimination, and “Let’s get it right for the kids who are here right now,” and giving them the best chance possible, is going to be a more persuasive argument.
Barack Obama
One could drive a prairie schooner through any part of his argument and never scrape against a fact.
David F. Houston
No one has advanced the argument that all-male fighting forces have been handicapped in their war-making abilities over the millennia because they did not include women in their ranks.
Heather Mac Donald
The most important guideline when it comes to argument is the golden rule. If someone were addressing your point, what tone, what overall approach would you find persuasive and want her to use? Whatever that is, do it yourself.
Barry Eisler
Arguments that explain everything… explain nothing
Christopher Hitchens
Obama and the Democrats’ preposterous argument is that we are just one more big tax increase away from solving our economic problems. The inescapable conclusion, however, is that the primary driver of the short-term deficit is not tax cuts but the lack of any meaningful economic growth over the last half decade.
Bob Beauprez
I have stated it plain, an’ my argument’s thus ( It’s all one, says the Sapper) There’s only one Corps which is perfect – that’s us; An’ they call us Her Majesty’s Engineers, With the rank and pay of a Sapper!
Rudyard Kipling
The arguments about parents being too permissive and kids growing up without superegos are not based on fact. Our research tells us that the family is not the only purveyor of morality.
Lawrence Kohlberg
Some marriages depend on domestic arguments the way the courts depend on litigation.
Mason Cooley
I don’t know the science behind climate change. I can’t say one way or another what is the direct impact, whether it’s man-made or not. I’ve heard arguments from both sides, but I do believe in protecting our environment, but without the job killing regulations that are coming out of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Joni Ernst
Apparently people don’t like the truth, but I do like it; I like it because it upsets a lot of people. If you show them enough times that their arguments are bullshit, then maybe just once, one of them will say, ‘Oh! Wait a minute – I was wrong.’ I live for that happening. Rare, I assure you
Lemmy Kilmister
If a work alienates a reader, should that be counted against it? I respect people that love ‘Ulysses,’ for example, but I’m on the other side of the argument. ‘Ulysses’ would be better if it seduced me. But I probably have the minority point of view.
B. J. Novak
Our reports about civilian casualties here, about the resistance of the Iraqi forces, are going back to the United States. It helps those who oppose the war when you challenge the policy to develop their arguments.
Peter Arnett
True wisdom, laboring to expound, heareth others readily;
False wisdom, sturdy to deny, closeth up her mind to argument.
Martin Farquhar Tupper
When a business group tells us there is nothing wrong with the environment, naturally they may have good arguments, but we are also sceptical, because we know that they have an interest in these things.
Bjorn Lomborg
You can find justification for slavery in the Bible. Some say this is what the Bible says and that closes the argument.
Desmond Tutu
Capital punishment is the source of many an argument, both good and bad.
Marilyn vos Savant
A Yea might turn in to a Nae and vice versa if a sufficient quantity of wordage was applied. In other talk you argument out until you get the answer you want.
Leonard Wibberley
The most enduring Top 10 ever written wasn’t written at all, but chiseled onto stone tablets and conveyed down Mount Sinai by Moses, who introduced to the world not just a set of Biblical precepts but also a new format for starting arguments: the list of 10 things.
Steve Rushin
Anecdotes are sometimes the best vehicles of truth, and if striking and appropriate are often more impressive and powerful than argument.
Tryon Edwards
In science , all conclusions are provisional, subject to new evidence and better arguments, the very antithesis of religious faith.
Michael Shermer
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
Franz Kafka
With all the arguments and discussions about the Vietnam War, what did the visual image do? It ended the war.
Cornell Capa
My argument is focused on the fact that a relatively small percentage of the world’s Muslim countries are impacted by this order. Stated differently, this executive order is a singularly ineffective – in legal parlance, it would be called under-inclusive – form of a Muslim ban.
David B. Rivkin
The problem of good and evil is not the problem of good and evil, but only the problem of evil. In opposition to good there are evil characters, but there are no good characters in opposition to evil. Evil is arguable, but good is not. Therefore the Devil always wins the argument.
Laura Riding
It would be awesome to be so impressive that we could sway people to our way of thinking just by declaiming our thoughts, but probably most of us lack such gravitas. Luckily, there’s something even better: evidence, logic, and argument.
Barry Eisler
An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a definite proposition… A contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of anything the other person says.” No, it’s not.
Graham Chapman
An old argument with me is that the true religious force in the world is not the church, but the world itself: the mysterious callings of Nature and our responses.
Wallace Stevens
I should have known better. Pro-life arguments are now based on scientific evidence and the pro-choice arguments are not. That is a cultural, historical fact.
Stanley Fish
My life is my argument.
Albert Schweitzer
The continual intrusion into our minds of the hammering noises of arguments and propaganda can lead to two kinds of reactions. It may lead to apathy and indifference, the I-don’t-care reaction, or to a more intensified desire to study and to understand. Unfortunately, the first reaction is the more popular one.
Joost Meerloo
Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic.
Tryon Edwards
I got in an argument with a girlfriend inside of a tent. That’s a bad place for an argument, because I tried to walk out, and had to slam the flap.
Mitch Hedberg
Academics don’t normally manage to alter people’s way of thinking through their strength of argument.
David Crystal
Some volumes against Deism fell into my hands … they produced an effect precisely the reverse to what was intended by the writers; for the arguments of the Deists, which were cited in order to be refuted, appeared to me much more forcibly than the refutation itself; in a word, I soon became a thorough Deist.
Benjamin Franklin
Paleontologists [fossil experts] have paid an exorbitant price for Darwin’s argument. We fancy ourselves as the only true students of life’s history, yet to preserve our favored account of evolution by natural selection we view our data as so bad that we almost never see the very process we profess to study.
Stephen Jay Gould
Public discourse requires making an argument for a point of view, not having an argument – as in having a fight.
Deborah Tannen
Whenever you’re going into oral argument, it’s preferable to be able to weave the arguments together. That gets harder when you split the argument into pieces.
Eugene Scalia
Sometimes [Eva Braun] would go back to his apartment to “make up.” At the Berghof, these arguments didn’t last as long, [Adolf Hitler] would smooth her feathers and they’d be good together again. I doubt anybody else noticed this but me. It wasn’t obvious.
Gretl Braun
It is wonderful that five thousand years have now elapsed since the creation of the world, and still it is undecided whether or not there has ever been an instance of the spirit of any person appearing after death. All argument is against it; but all belief is for it.
James Boswell
There is little of the true philosophic spirit in Aquinas. He does not, like the Platonic Socrates, set out to follow wherever the argument may lead.
Bertrand Russell
The arguments over the limits that may be put on individuals suspected of sympathising with the enemy have occurred over the centuries. Habeas corpus was suspended during the Napoleonic wars, and Defence Regulation 18b was applied during the Second World War.
Jacob Rees-Mogg
It’s one thing if you’re a part of teams that won five championships. But it’s an extremely different argument if you’re a big reason for those championships.
Troy Aikman
The Killing Fields, my character’s teachings frame the movie and the argument of his lectures is the challenge of dealing with the painfulness of life in the absence of faith.
Sam Waterston
The Left masks its distaste for the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality in a straw man argument that Bible believers are violent bigots. They are not. Citing the Bible doesn’t make you a bigot against human beings – it makes you a bigot against sin, which is a good thing.
Ben Shapiro
The Gottman Institute’s study about arguments in long-term relationships concludes that couples with the best chance at long-term success are the ones with a low negativity threshold: if something’s wrong, they speak up about it immediately. That’s something I’ve taken on board.
Hannah Fry
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
A man sometimes wins an argument, but a woman always wins a silence.
Robert Breault
If those who do not possess knowledge avoid the scholarly discussions, disagreement will end.
The essence to me of all good drama is argument.
Sydney Pollack
I even accept for the sake of argument that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged.
Antonin Scalia
My argument is not that we must never intervene in nature. My argument is that there is a moral difference between intervention for the sake of health, to cure or prevent disease, and intervention for the sake of achieving a competitive edge for our kids in a consumer society.
Michael Sandel
Arithmetic has a very great and elevating effect, compelling the soul to reason about abstract number, and rebelling against the introduction of visible or tngible objects into the argument.
The argument that all Jews have a heartfelt investment in the state of Israel is untrue. Some have a heartfelt investment in corned beef sandwiches.
Judith Butler
No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.
Lyman Beecher
When you let someone else win an argument, often you both end up winners.
Richard Carlson
Even in the Senate, I’d put up any of the stories we did against any pablum Time or Newsweek has put out on global warming. We’d link to the other side; we’d present their arguments. They do one-sided screeds.
Marc Morano
If you want to influence people, you want them to accept your suggestions, you don’t say, ‘You don’t know how to use the English language,’ or ‘How could you make that argument?’ It will be welcomed much more if you have a gentle touch than if you are aggressive.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
I believe that President Clinton considered the legal merits of the arguments for the pardon as he understood them, and he rendered his judgment, wise or unwise, on the merits.
John Podesta
Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic.
William E. Gladstone
If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.
Silence is an endangered quantity in our time… Silence, embraced, stuns with its presence, its pregnant reality—a reality that does not negate reason and argument, but puts them in their place.
Krista Tippett
I have noticed that no sooner do people embark on a course of action which they do not find wholly satisfactory than they muster every argument to persuade others to imitate it.
Anne Morice
There is no such thing as a convincing argument, although every man thinks he has one.
E. W. Howe
When communism failed, it wasn’t a good idea that had gone wrong, it was a bad idea that had been sustained with incredible determination in the face of all the commonsense arguments, and at the cost of 20 million lives at least, in Russia, to build the socialist Utopia.
Martin Amis
Both Conservative and Labour politicians in Britain are rather too fond of praising the relative ‘classlessness’ of American society and of urging their own people to emulate it. There is a certain falseness about such arguments, and also a certain hypocrisy.
Linda Colley
Argument is not always truth.
Lajos Kossuth
Traditional arguments for the existence of God and contemporary attempts to use fine-tuning and cosmology to back up the case for his existence always strike me as kinds of games, since hardly anyone believes on the basis of these arguments at all.
Julian Baggini
Winning an argument is losing it as it makes the loser feel bad.
Deepak Chopra
The number of arguments is unimportant unless some of them are correct.
Ralph Hartley
Do not let anyone get away with the argument that tearing our country out of one of the most successful partnerships in our history is somehow a great act of patriotism. It is not.
Betty Boothroyd
It is an excellent rule to be observed in all disputes, that men should give soft words and hard arguments; that they should not so much strive to vex as to convince each other.
John Wilkins
It doesn’t much matter what line of argument you take as a woman. If you venture into traditional male territory, the abuse comes anyway. It’s not what you say that prompts it –
it’s the fact that you are saying it.
Mary Beard
Sound principles and eternal truths need to be frequently repeated so that we do not forget their application nor become dissuaded by other arguments.
Ezra Taft Benson
Arguments against photography ever being considered a fine art are: the element of chance which enters in, — finding things ready-made for a machine to record, and of course the mechanics of the medium. I say that chance enters into all branches of art.
Edward Weston
My pappy told me never to bet my bladder against a brewery or get into an argument with people who buy ink by the barrel.
Lane Kirkland
The counter-argument would be, so what if my sexual relationships are superficial, one can still have satisfying and rewarding relationships with friends, or parents, or siblings, or whatever.
Chester Brown
All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering, the animals are our equals.
Peter Singer
I am bound to furnish my antagonists with arguments, but not with comprehension.
Benjamin Disraeli
Love is a grin, a look in the eye whispering what are we doing, appearing in silly arguments had for the sake of them.
Craig Stone
The humanitarian argument is so selective I find it difficult to swallow. It’s not even so much about the choice as to where we should get involved and where we shouldn’t.
Michael Hastings
It used to upset me – now it makes me sad – to see people use patriotism and our troops as a pawn in their political argument. Because I know personally, growing up in a military family, the sacrifice that is made on a daily basis.
Tamron Hall
Follow the argument wherever it leads.
The response of anybody interested in liberty is that we all have a say and the ability to have an argument is exactly what liberty is, even though it may never be resolved. In any authoritarian society the possessor of power dictates, and if you try and step outside he will come after you.
Salman Rushdie
This argument has been codified in the twentieth century as meritocracy, in which those on top in the process of capitalist accumulation have merited their position.
Immanuel Wallerstein
I think the attempt to defend belief can unsettle it, in fact, because there is always an inadequacy in argument about ultimate things.
Marilynne Robinson
Liberals are sometimes defined as people who can’t take their own side in an argument.
Cass Sunstein
It would be good for religion if many books that seem useful were destroyed. When there were not so many books and not so many arguments and disputes, religion grew more quickly than it has since.
Girolamo Savonarola
To some Christianity is an argument. To many it is a performance. To a few, it is experience.
Vance Havner
The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.
William James
Everything serious in the world is well approached by humour. It’s a powerful and often quite subversive tool. I suppose there is an argument that could be made against me for being frivolous, but I do think a laugh is a very generous thing to give.
Beeban Kidron
I later spent… five to eight months in hospitals in New Jersey, always on an involuntary basis, and always attempting a legal argument for release.
John Forbes Nash
When sociobiologists start shitting in their backyards with dinner guests in the vicinity, maybe their arguments about innateness over culture will start seeming more persuasive.
Laura Kipnis
The zionist argument to justify Israel’s present occupation of Arab Palestine has no intelligent or legal basis in history.
Malcolm X
I like plays where people talk a lot. Conversation is sustained. Argument is sustained.
Tom Stoppard
No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other.
Thomas Berger
Red lines are kind of political arguments that are used to try to put people in a corner.
Leon Panetta
When people believe a conclusion is true, they are also very likely to believe arguments that appear to support it, even when these arguments are unsound.
Daniel Kahneman
Argument is the worst sort of conversation.
Jonathan Swift
All good communal storytelling comes from the sagas and arguments within the writers room.
Chris Claremont
I’m not sure I buy the argument that the public is more mistrustful – the debate will always garner that kind of traction because anything the BBC does is always in the spotlight.
Emily Maitlis
Beware of long arguments and long beards.
George Santayana
I have been so satisfied with the Christian religion that I have spent no time trying to find arguments against it. I am not afraid now that you will show me any. I feel that I have enough information to live and die by.
William Jennings Bryan
I largely defer to the cognitive ethologists. I believe that the arguments that they make on this score are extremely persuasive. More than this, I do think as well that a priori objections by philosophers to successful research programs in the sciences have a very bad track record.
Hilary Kornblith
Hitler repeatedly stressed that one could not get at the masses with arguments, proofs, and knowledge, but only with feelings and beliefs.
Wilhelm Reich
One thing only do I know for certain and that is that man’s judgments of value follow directly his wishes for happiness-that, accordingly, they are an attempt to support his illusions with arguments. [p.111]
Sigmund Freud
A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellects too. No, sir, these, I protest you, are too hard for me.
Oliver Goldsmith
We run into some pretty tough arguments sometimes, but the idea is that at the end of the day, my wife and I realize that we’ll always be holding each other’s hand.
Kyle Chandler
Part of the skill of saying no is to shut up afterward and not babble on, offering material for an argument.
Judith Martin
There are some very difficult things to understand that globalization is providing, that people really think are just here but really are a function of some of that. There are some very difficult arguments.
Ken Moelis
You’re dead,” I repeated. “So why are you in my dream?” He raised the bill of his olive drab ball cap with one finger. ” Good question. Morbid, isn’t it?” “What?” “Dreaming about dead peolpe. Creepy. You ever see a therapist about that?” “I’m not -” Even in dreams, I couldn’t win an argument. Even when he was dead.
Rachel Caine
A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint will convince his antagonist much sooner than one who draws them from reason and philosophy.
Joseph Addison
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 Khayyam
I didn’t like having reasonable arguments thrown at me.
Richelle Mead
Your assignment,’ he bellowed at Kelly, ‘was to make a persuasive argument. Demanding to know whether detractors of your position are on crack is not arguing persuasively.
Meg Cabot
The divorce in my family was really amicable. There were no fireworks. It was all sort of behind the scenes, if you will. None of us kids ever saw any argument.
Adam Scott
Well, it’s 15 years since Sex, Lies And Videotape, and if you hang around long enough you’re having the same arguments with just a new set of people every few years and it gets boring.
Steven Soderbergh
The combined wisdom and genius of all mankind cannot possibly conceive of an argument against liberty of thought.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Logical reasoning is an argument which we have with ourselves and which reproduces internally the features of a real argument.
Jean Piaget
Whenever women protest and ask for their rights, they are silenced with the argument that the laws are justified under Islam. It is an unfounded argument. It is not Islam at fault, but rather the patriarchal culture that uses its own interpretations to justify whatever it wants.
Shirin Ebadi
Now therefore, that my mind is free from all cares, and that I have obtained for myself assured leisure in peaceful solitude, I shall apply myself seriously and freely to the general destruction of all my former opinions.
Rene Descartes
I think a lot of Marx was quite sloppy. There was all sorts of politically aggressive language when he lacked arguments for things.
Robert Nozick
It takes time and effort to soldier on and make your arguments.
Michael O’Rielly
There has long been an argument in New York about what, exactly, the purpose of book awards ought to be. One model sees them as a celebration of the unquestioned best and brightest, a triumphal parade for marquee authors who have published in a given year.
Michelle Dean
It seems idle to rail at ambition merely because it is a boundless passion; or rather is not this circumstance an argument in its favor? If one would be employed or amused through life, should we not make choice of a passion that will keep one long in play?
William Shenstone
It is, however, an argument of no weight to say that natural bodies are first generated or compounded out of those things into which they are at the last broken down or dissolved.
William Harvey
Strong moral arguments exist for why we should often try to ignore stereotypes or override them. But we shouldn’t assume they represent some irrational quirk of the unconscious mind. In fact, they’re largely the consequence of the mind’s attempt to make a rational decision.
Paul Bloom
You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.
Ben Goldacre
The Creation Museum isn’t really a museum at all. It’s an argument. It’s not even an argument. It’s the ammunition for an argument. It is the Word made into bullets. An armory of righteous revisionism.
A. A. Gill
We aren’t engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people. We are saying that we are God’s children. And that we don’t have to live like we are forced to live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I’d like to see the argument made for greater worldwide federalism, not just the European Union.
Ben Miller
If we do not counter the argument that most radical nationlists use, which is, ‘To protect is to be protectionist,’ if we don’t counter that argument, all of our economies will suffer.
Frans Timmermans
I’d say honesty is always the best policy. There are always a lot of arguments – but even if honesty starts some, it avoids bigger ones.
Penn Dayton Badgley
Arguments of convenience lack integrity and inevitably trip you up.
Donald Rumsfeld
I don’t know why liberals want to disarm the law-abiding population, but I do know that not a single argument proffered stands the light of facts. Armed citizens deter far more crimes than the police, and far more lives are saved by the intended victim being armed than are lost in firearm accidents.
Paul Craig Roberts
It’s finding those nonsensical pieces of conversation that we all do all the time. We do all the time. When we’re talking on the telephone, there are arguments with people who agree when they both think that they disagree.
Barry Levinson
I guess it feels to me that the political argument that has been lost in my lifetime is taxation. How do you engage in that debate when people don’t trust politicians at all? It is almost impossible to start a conversation about taxation.
Johann Lamont
People can make arguments from the Bible if they want to. But I want them to see that they should also give arguments that all reasonable citizens might agree to.
John Rawls
It’s important to remember that Britain was the first country to industrialize, so I think there’s a strong argument to say this is where my profession was founded.
Jonathan Ive
Mockery is an important social tool for squelching stupidity. I’ve never seen anyone change his mind because of the power of a superior argument or the acquisition of new facts. But I’ve seen plenty of people change behavior to avoid being mocked.
Scott Adams
Obama’s major accomplishment is himself. This can be an effective argument to make to undecided voters and something Obama has to artfully address.
Emily Yoffe
Here we find further argument for Gotagga’s supposition that the world is round. How else could all men stand higher than their brothers?
R. Scott Bakker
It is a predisposition of human nature to consider an unpleasant idea untrue, and then it is easy to find arguments against it.
Sigmund Freud
Be able to defend your arguments in a rational way. Otherwise, all you have is an opinion.
Marilyn vos Savant
Among the many arguments to be made against cultural revolutions is that they are monotonous in spirit and monomaniacal in intention.
Howard Jacobson
The argument, now, is about whether Bolshevik Russia was ‘better’ than Nazi Germany. In the days when the New Left dawned, the argument was about whether Bolshevik Russia was better than America.
Martin Amis
Name one practical, down-to-earth effect of spirituality,” said the skeptic who was ready for an argument. “Here’s one,” said the Master. “When someone offends you, you can raise your spirits to heights where offenses cannot reach.
Anthony de Mello
For your own good is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.
Janet Frame
When I addressed international forums as prime minister, the Israeli people expected me to present bold political initiatives that would bring peace – not arguments outlining why achieving peace now is not possible.
Ehud Olmert
To be considered presidential timber, there has to be a measure in the way you present your argument.
Judy Sheindlin
The process of reading is not a half sleep, but in the highest sense, an exercise, a gymnast’s struggle: that the reader is to do something for him or herself, must be on the alert, just construct indeed the poem, argument, history, metaphysical essay–the text furnishing the hints, the clue, the start, the framework.
Walt Whitman
There is one thing I know about creative conflict: once my argument is exhausted, I am not going to be unhappy whether it moves in my direction or away.
Jack Nicholson
For similar folly, our own country, in the transition from the colonial period, also paid a fearful price; and from a like catastrophe the United States has been twice saved in our time by the arguments formulated by Turgot.
Andrew Dickson White
It’s a tough one for me, politics. I grew up in a house where my father is a Christian book salesman and a Tory, and my mum’s a social worker. So I can always see the benefits of both arguments.
James Corden
Marriage would change hardly anything between us, except that we would end our arguments in a much more satisfying way. And of course I would have extensive legal rights over your body, your property, and all your individual freedoms, but I don’t see what’s so alarming about that.
Lisa Kleypas
One barrier… is the impoverishment of classroom language, the failure to cultivate a common vocabulary about inquiry, explanation, argument and problem solving.
David Perkins
A lot of the women that I treat will tell me that when they talk to their siblings or mothers they very often have similar challenges. One could make the case that it’s nurture, not nature because these twins were brought up together, but you can’t rule out the genetic argument.
Laura Berman
A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.
Seneca the Elder
The argument advanced by the supporters of the theory of hereditary transmission does not furnish a satisfactory explanation of the cause of the inequalities and diversities of the universe.
Swami Abhedananda
In the studio, there’s no tiptoeing. As opposed to big, blow-out arguments, there are just lots of little solutions.
Oliver Sim
I’m a very friendly person, and I think that’s had a big impact on my work because I tend to be pretty good with not trying to always win every argument and things like that. I just sort of try to bring a lot of people together to talk.
Jimmy Wales
Those who direct the maximum force of their desires toward the center, toward true being, toward perfection, seem quieter than the passionate souls because the flame of their fervor cannot always be seen.
Hermann Hesse
I still quite enjoy watching Fox News because I think it makes me think through my arguments and make sure I’m on the right side.
Brianna Wu
Learned arguments do not make a man holy and righteous, whereas a good life makes him dear to God.
Thomas a Kempis
In the Freudian age, parents say to their children, ‘Don’t be defensive,’ meaning, ‘You have no argument,’ but I was born in the age of Rommel, when defense was considered an honorable thing.
Mark Helprin
My candidacy is a compelling argument for my candidacy. I want to be President.
John Hodgman
Curiosity endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.
Alistair Cooke
The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.
Carroll Quigley
You are free to reject God. Make sure that you’re really rejecting God, not some caricature of God that the church has shown you. But I, one, respect a God who not only allows us to reject Him but includes the arguments we can use against Him in the Bible. I respect that.
Philip Yancey
Heat is in proportion to the want of true knowledge.
Laurence Sterne
Of course, there would always be arguments. That is the nature of Woman. They like the mutual exchange of dirty laundry, a bit of screaming, a bit of dramatics. Then an exchange of vows.
Charles Bukowski
Records can ruin you. That’s why it’s important to be as intimately familiar as possible with the history of recorded music, I guess. In a way, it’s an argument for record collecting.
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Honestly, I want to live a calm life without being in the press. I want to be like any other American citizen who gets a speeding ticket or has an argument with his spouse… and doesn’t have the whole world know.
George Zimmerman
As a writer, I have to go to a different place now. As a person… I want to step off whatever this stage is that I have been given. The argument has been made, the battle remains to be fought – and that requires a different set of skills.
Arundhati Roy
I want to tell stories which require something of an audience, by way of thought, argument, emotion, because I’m more often in an audience than I am a maker of films, and that’s the kind of movie I want to see.
Anthony Minghella
You can come to know the truth only when you are in love. But love never argues. There is no argument in love, because there is no aggression.
Until Japan’s economy drove off a cliff, there was a running argument in Asia about whether it would be wiser to follow the ‘Japan model’ – with its megacorporations, jobs for life, state control of strategic industries – or the ‘American model’ of largely unfettered markets.
David E. Sanger
Custom is custom: it is built of brass, boiler-iron, granite; facts, reasonings, arguments have no more effect upon it than the idle winds have upon Gibraltar.
Mark Twain
During Seattle’s successful campaign for a $15 an hour minimum wage, our opponents would sometimes roll their eyes and snort, ‘If $15 is so good, why not $50?’ It was a straw man argument: Nobody was proposing a $50 minimum wage; it would have been too high, and we said so.
Nick Hanauer
There’s been this argument about Coldplay stealing this melody from Joe Satriani, but, if you listen to it, it’s mine! It’s the ‘Foreigner Suite,’ it is!
Cat Stevens
The abuse of a thing is no argument against the use of it.
Jeremy Collier
Needless to say, banks and bondholders do not want to promote any arguments explaining the limits to how much can be paid without pushing economies into depression.
Michael Hudson
When considering the truth of a proposition, one is either engaged in an honest appraisal of the evidence and logical arguments, or one isn’t. Religion is one area of our lives where people imagine that some other standard of intellectual integrity applies.
Sam Harris
An Argument needs no reason; Nor any friendship.
As much as the social conservatives might not like to hear it, there will be a time when your grandchildren say: ‘What was the argument with gay marriage? Who cares?’
Jim Kolbe
An argument would have begun to steam and boil and sputter – and you know how arguments end. Even if I had convinced him that he was wrong, his pride would have made it difficult for him to back down and give in.
Dale Carnegie
The best Reformed theology isn’t just about careful arguments for theologically sophisticated conclusions. It is about how to live the Christian life.
Oliver D. Crisp
The world was won for Christ not by arguments but by sanctity: “What you are speaks so loud, I can hardly hear what you say.”
Peter Kreeft
At the heart of my argument is the view that religious faith, far from being inevitably on the side of the status quo, should on principle hold this world to higher standards.
E. J. Dionne
When I stopped playing and became a coach, I realised that in the past, all the arguments that I had with my coaches were mainly focussed on the technical aspects, and probably that was the biggest signal that I had to have things done my way!
Massimiliano Allegri
For I had often said that the best argument I knew for an immortal life was the existence of a man who deserved one as well as Child did.
William James
If Rand Paul is going to go anywhere, he is going to have to expand it beyond merely this argument about where we put troops and don`t put troops and make it both a generational argument and a change argument. And he`s got a chance to do that.
Howard Fineman
I remember in the ’80s, people would literally have arguments over the best guitarist.
Kevin Young
All information is treated equally; only an accurate argument will work.
Hiroyuki Nishimura
My father had kicked me out of his house at the height of an argument over an opinion difference. He had become so enraged. He told me never to come back, and that was all the severance it took.
Lynette Fromme
There is no more irritating fellow than the man who tries to settle an argument about communism, or justice, or liberty, by quoting from Webster.
Mortimer Adler
Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.
Oscar Wilde
The first race of mankind used to dispute, as our ordinary people do now-a-days, in a kind of wild logic, uncultivated by rule of art.
Joseph Addison
Arguments hardly affect the faithful- their beliefs have an entirely different foundation.
Paul Feyerabend
Newspapers and their editors have to become as accountable as the rest of us – they are not ‘a special case,’ and they have only themselves to blame for having lost the argument for ‘exceptionalism’ – and with it the right to ‘self-regulation.
David Puttnam
Adrian sifted through the bags and pulled out a slice of coconut cream. “If I were a dragon, this is what I’d go for.” I didn’t argue, mainly because that statement had no logical argument.
Richelle Mead
Even when I was a grown woman, he [Father] would leave me on the edge of hysteria in all our arguments: though I married and lived as far as I could spiritually from Bridgeport, he reduced me in a matter of hours to a wriggling child, pleading to go free.
Maureen Howard
I am finishing a biography of [Gustave] Flaubert. Because he is the opposite of what I am. One needs to rub up against argument.
Jean-Paul Sartre
The sum total or Ishwara may be said to be All-good, Almighty, and Omniscient. These are obvious qualities, and need no argument to prove, from the very fact of totality.
Swami Vivekananda
When you have a white male making the arguments, they carry more weight… Should they carry more weight? Absolutely not. But do they? Yes.
Michael Avenatti
Still, the film nearly didn’t happen a number of times. There were great arguments with United Artists about how to reduce the cost because they were nothing if not conscious of the price of the film.
John Schlesinger
Are there any good arguments in defence of moral nihilism? I think not.
Torbjorn Tannsjo
Tolerance is an essential value in the modern world, and we have daily reminders of how awful the alternatives to it are. And despite its paradoxical flavor, there are many good arguments – moral, prudential, and epistemic – in favor of tolerance, and none that I know of against it.
Samuel Scheffler
I think I had an argument with a hypnotist this morning. It makes perfect sense as I have no memory of it.
Dana Gould
You can see it on the Internet: There’s an argument going on continually about, ‘What is folk music?’ And I don’t really want to get involved in that. It’s an endless argument, a ‘How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?’ kind of argument.
Roger McGuinn
I was six when my mother taught me the art of invisible strength. It was a strategy for winning arguments, respect for others, and eventually, thought neither of us knew it at the time, chess games… “Come from the South, blow from the wind – poom! – North will follow. Strongest wind cannot be seen.”
Amy Tan
It’s the duty of a lawyer to represent anyone for whom a responsible argument could be made.
Lloyd Cutler
Tens of millions of Americans who neither know or understand the actual arguments for, or even against, evolution, march in the Army of the Night with their Bibles held high
Isaac Asimov
Offendedness is just about the last shared moral currency in our country. And, I’m sorry, but it’s really annoying. We don’t discuss ideas or debate arguments, we try to figure out who is most offended.
Kevin DeYoung
Right is not right; so is not so. If right were really right it would differ so clearly from not right that there would be no need for argument. If so were really so, it would differ so clearly from not so that there would be no need for argument.
I’ve always had an argument with my best friend that Spider-Man was way better than Batman. I was a massive fan growing up.
Tom Holland
When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
Eugene V. Debs
Do not let arguments of expediency persuade you. That is the slow road to oblivion. That is the tortured path to undoing step by step, bit by bit, as the river creates a canyon, the way of life that we love.
Charles Schumer
I love a good argument and sometimes I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut if I think someone is wrong… I’ve always fought for what I believe in, and I don’t quit until I have accomplished what I set out to do.
Kenny Wormald
When the philosopher’s argument becomes tedious, complicated, and opaque, it is usually a sign that he is attempting to prove as true to the intellect what is plainly false to common sense.
Edward Abbey
I understand and accept criticisms of my work, provided they are done with professional criteria and arguments.
Santiago Calatrava
Argument need not be heated; it can be punctuated with courteous smiles – or sympathetic tears.
J. Sidlow Baxter
The moral argument is that we give big business a huge tax break, and why do we do it? To get their jobs.
Sam Brownback
I don’t think there would be many examples of South Africa pushing its weight around the African Continent. I don’t think the facts would substantiate that argument.
Thabo Mbeki
If you go in for argument take care of your temper. Your logic if you have any will take care of itself.
Joseph P. Farrell
In Don Mills in the Sixties, nothing comes close to the humiliation of losing an argument. In our weird little creative circle, no one cares who has faster fists, but to lose an argument suggests inferior intelligence.
Dan Hill
Clear statement is argument.
William Greenough Thayer Shedd
People say there are no atheists in foxholes. A lot of people think this is a good argument against atheism. Personally, I think it’s a much better argument against foxholes.
Kurt Vonnegut
There have been times that we’ve had arguments with Brad [Dourif] because he comes in with very strong ideas and, as in any working relationship, sometimes you’re going to disagree, and he always goes to the mat and I’ve just always appreciated that attitude, that he takes it so seriously.
David Kirschner
I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.
Charlie Munger
I consider the coke a major cause. Of course, you could also make the argument that because cocaine speeds up the heart, it’s good for you.
George Carlin
Teen fiction should be about teenagers – no matter how many arguments there are about what YA lit should be, this seems like the one thing we can all agree on.
Robin Wasserman
It must be granted that in every syllogism, considered as an argument to prove the conclusion, there is a petitio principii. When we say, All men are mortal Socrates is a man therefore Socrates is mortal; it is unanswerably urged by the adversaries of the syllogistic theory, that the proposition, Socrates is mortal.
John Stuart Mill
Deep down I knew that if Hell existed, it was a real place full of ruthless, venal people, like the commodity pits at the Chicago Board of Trade, Disney World, or oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court.
Richard Dooling
I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
Oscar Wilde
Turner let his face fell into his hands. “I’m never going to touch her again”, he moaned. “He’s never going to touch me again!” they heard Miranda roar.”Well,it doesn’t look like you’ll have much argument from your wife on that point”, Olivia chirped.
Julia Quinn
Bigot: A person who wins an argument with a liberal.
Rush Limbaugh
If you’re worried about caribou, take a look at the arguments that were used about the pipeline. They’d say the caribou would be extinct. You’ve got to shake them away with a stick. They’re all making love lying up against the pipeline and you got thousands of caribou up there.
George H. W. Bush
The climate change argument is absolute crap
Tony Abbott
I suppose I was very disappointed that I was injured during training for Korea. In fact, I had an argument with a grenade and it won, and consequently I was forced to come back to Australia for twelve months.
Peter Scott
Certainly Apple has improved enormously. At the beginning, the sampling rate was an issue for me, but a bigger argument was over digital rights, which I had.
Gail Zappa
We are afraid. But fear confirms life and identifies the source of every successful argument – ourselves.
Gerry Spence
Oh, please. If she’s going to use Mr. Darcy to prop up her arguments, I give up.
Sophie Kinsella
I don’t like your tone,” was Violet’s standard answer when one of her children was winning an argument.
Julia Quinn
We must not let ourselves be seen as rushing around the world looking for arguments… Nor should we let ourselves be seen as ignoring allies, disillusioning friends, thinking only of ourselves in the most narrow terms. That is not how we survived the 20th century. Nor will it serve in the 21st.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The supposition that the future resembles the past, is not founded on arguments of any kind, but is derived entirely from habit.
David Hume
There are arguments for atheism, and they do not depend, and never did depend, upon science. They are arguable enough, as far as they go, upon a general survey of life; only it happens to be a superficial survey of life.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Every time he tried to reconstruct the internal arguments that had led to his decision, they sounded feebler to him.
J. K. Rowling
The Bankers’ New Clothes makes a simple, powerful argument: that banks need to raise more capital. It is entirely persuasive that the extent of their leverage makes the financial system fragile, and it clearly and patiently demolishes all the counter-arguments made by the banks and their lobbyists.
Diane Coyle
I know to argue against our online lives seems like the argument of the grumpy, old Luddite novelist, but I really always try to make the argument from the perspective of personal pleasure.
Zadie Smith
On the other hand, it is not fair to say that changes in federal policy have caused our tuition to rise faster. Every economic argument imaginable would indicate that we should raise tuition at a faster rate than we do.
Charles Vest
The Queen rarely loses her temper, but when she does, she brooks no argument.
Ingrid Seward
My argument would be that I don’t think there is much that’s genuinely political art that is good art.
Thom Yorke
John Foster Dulles had called on me in his capacity as Secretary of State, and he had exhausted every argument to persuade me to place Cambodia under the protection of the South East Asia Treaty Organization.
Norodom Sihanouk
Success and vocabulary go hand in hand. This has been proven so often that it no longer admits of argument.
Wilfred Funk
I contribute in many different ways to the team. I’ve played a hell of a lot of games in my career, and you can stake any argument on the stats.
James Milner
Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.
William Blake
I can understand the argument that the captain should always be there to lead from the front.
Andrew Strauss
The Jews integrated themselves into American life to the point that the argument that the Jews aren’t American sounded so stupid, that people stopped thinking it.
Reza Aslan
The early feminist argument that violence against women is not inherently a private matter, but has been privatized by the sexist structures of the state, the economy, and the family has had a powerful impact on public consciousness.
Angela Davis
There’s the argument that you can relate to someone who’s completely unrelatable. In the way that a director shows you his imagination on a film, then I get to show you my imagination in a big dumb character.
Idris Elba
Theists give several ‘proofs’ of the existence of God. These are really just arguments, because if there were convincing proof just one would suffice.
Marcel Conche
The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it.
James Madison
What we’ve been hearing over and over again is that the reason Republicans are opposed to the surtax is because of the concern of its impact on job creation. Well, if you carve out employers, you take away that argument.
Susan Collins
She used to pride herself on her refusal to see two sides of an argument, but increasingly she accepts that issues are more ambiguous and complicated than she once thought.
David Nicholls
You know, men would much rather run away than talk about stuff, and my default setting has always been, ‘If you have an argument, walk out the door.’
Stephen Moyer
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
The argument that ‘boys will be boys’ actually carries the profoundly anti-male implication that we should expect bad behavior from boys and men. The assumption is that they are somehow not capable of acting appropriately, or treating girls and women with respect.
Jackson Katz
The written argument endures. The oral argument is fleeting.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
If that were a winning argument, Donald Trump could get anybody off the bench on his cases by just something deeply offensive based on their background.
Deborah Rhode
Vera Caspary wrote an essay called ‘My ‘Laura’ and Otto’s’ where she talks about the arguments she had with Preminger. She felt that not only did he misunderstand the character but that he couldn’t help but be misogynist.
Sarah Weinman
Republicans define freedom as an absence of restraints imposed by government. Democrats define freedom as an absence of necessity, which government exists to reduce. America has not moved as far as it thinks it has beyond the argument about the New Deal, when FDR insisted, “Necessitous men are not free men.”
George Will
He that is not open to conviction is not qualified for discussion.
Richard Whately
A master salesman is one who takes the offensive and never the defensive sale of an argument, if argument arises.
Napoleon Hill
I wish I were younger. What inclines me now to think you may be right in regarding [evolution] as the central and radical lie in the whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives is not so much your arguments against it as the fanatical and twisted attitudes of its defenders.
C. S. Lewis
It is impossible, or not easy, to alter by argument what has long been absorbed by habit
Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.
Benjamin Franklin
The fear of failure never goes away. In many ways, you could argue that success multiplies the opportunities for failure. It’s just more of an argument for becoming more comfortable with it.
Mark Manson
Some people have made the argument, well, Donald Trump is bad, but Hillary Clinton may be worse, or there’s really no difference. That’s insane. That’s completely insane.
Allan Nairn
If you could just be nice, then you wouldn’t have to worry about arguments at all. but being nice wasn’t as easy as it seemed, especially when the rest of the world could be so mean.
Sarah Dessen
It is the mind that tells you that the mind is there. Don’t be deceived. All the endless arguments about the mind are produced by the mind itself, for its own protection, continuation and expansion. It is the blank refusal to consider the convolutions and convulsions of the mind that can take you beyond it.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Literature is by definition opinionated. It is bound to provoke the arguments in many quarters, not excluding the hometown or even the family of the author.
Kurt Vonnegut
Convincing yourself doesn’t win an argument.
Robert Half
Before he (Francis Bacon) came along, people conducted all their arguments through a series of logical fallacies or simply shouting louder than the other guy, or, if they did use facts, they only selected ones that reinforced their prejudices and advanced their ideas.” Oberon replies “don’t they still do that?
Kevin Hearne
Consumption is the death of capital, and the only valid arguments in favor of consumption are arguments in favor of death itself.
Kenneth E. Boulding
I’m generally slow to anger, quick to forgive, and I take in information before making decisions. So no matter how controversial the decision, my general demeanour is to put on white lab coat and gloves and look at the evidence, weigh the arguments and see what makes sense.
Peter Blair Henry
Despite a campaign that was based on a very powerful promise of transparency, President Obama, and again in my view quite correctly, has used the state secrets argument in a variety of courts, as much as President Bush.
Michael Hayden
Back when Detroit was the head of auto manufacturing, it was clear where profits were created. Right? A car was made in Detroit. There was little argument that you could make that some of the money from that should be sent overseas to Ireland.
Charles Duhigg
You have overburdened your argument with ostentatious erudition.
David McCullough
My main argument against staying in the E.U. has been the poor economic record of the E.U. as a whole and the eurozone in particular. The performance has got worse the more the E.U. has developed joint policies and central controls.
John Redwood
I don’t think there’s any clever way for the establishment to take Donald Trump down. It’s very simple. Another candidate is going to have to find a way either to out-maneuver him, or to just frankly beat him in the argument.
Dalia Mogahed
Rap makes the conservative argument about what happens when family life is eroded either by welfare and drugs, or by the stresses and indulgences of middle-class life.
Shelby Steele
Because of mathematics precise, formal character, mathematical arguments remain sound even when they are long and complex. In contast, common sense arguments can generally be trusted only if they remain short; even moderately long nonmathematical arguments rapidly becomes farfetched an dubious.
Jacob T. Schwartz
I don’t make a Bible argument in the ad, nor have I made a bible argument in the public space. My argument is simple, which is, that for several thousand years in Western civilization, marriage has been the union of one man and one woman. Research is overwhelming that children need mothers and fathers.
Gary Bauer
Arguments from authority carry little weight – authorities have made mistakes in the past. They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.
Carl Sagan
When I’m down, I talk to myself a lot. I look crazy because I’m constantly having an argument with myself.
Serena Williams
A good story should provoke discussion, debate, argument…and the occasional bar fight.
J. Michael Straczynski
Talking with a Martian is like talking with an echo. You don’t get argument but you don’t get results.
Robert A. Heinlein
I can make the argument that people who don’t have the biggest ranges but have very unique voices, even if they may be pitchy at times… with the right record that’s really unique and distinct, they can have big hits.
Kara DioGuardi
Of course we had our arguments; we had everything, but at the end of the day, that was still my mother, my confidante – my everything.
Bobbi Kristina Brown
A moral argument about whether censorship is good or bad deteriorates quickly into accusations about who is more or less patriotic, moral, pious, and so on.
Rebecca MacKinnon
Imbalance of reason and emotion may explain the tenacity of religion in societies: world religions are optimized to tap into the emotional networks, and great arguments of reason amount to little against such magnetic pull.
David Eagleman
The scientific argument advanced for intelligent design at the Dover trial, those arguments collapsed, scientifically and intellectually
Kenneth R. Miller
A successful argument for a government manufacturing policy has to go beyond the feeling that it’s better to produce ‘real things’ than services. American consumers value health care and haircuts as much as washing machines and hair dryers.
Christina Romer
The only thing worse than being on the wrong side of an argument is to be on the right side with no one listening.
Evan Esar
The liberals think government exists to fix what’s wrong with America. They find fault with our Constitution, our economic model and our core values. We disagree with the premise of their argument. We believe there’s nothing wrong with America that an extra dose of freedom won’t cure.
Rick Perry
If our eloquence be directed above the heads of our hearers, we shall do no execution. By pointing our arguments low, we stand a chance of hitting their hearts as well as their heads. In addressing angels, we could hardly raise our eloquence too high; but we must remember that men are not angels.
Charles Caleb Colton
Right now some people are just running around in circles and claiming that moving things to the kernel automatically makes it more stable. I’m telling you that the kernel is stable not because it’s a kernel, but because I refuse to listen to arguments like this.
Linus Torvalds
Do they believe their cause so just that they are above and beyond the truth?
Wally Hickel
Of course, there were huge disagreements in the arguments of military intervention, .. There is no point at the moment on focusing on those disagreements.
Chris Patten
Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless, by human interposition, disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.
Thomas Jefferson
Rationalism is an attitude of readiness to listen to contrary arguments and to learn from experience… of admitting that “I may be wrong and you may be right and, by an effort, we may get nearer the truth.”
Karl Popper
Of all the arguments against voluntary euthanasia, the most influential is the ‘slippery slope’: once we allow doctors to kill patients, we will not be able to limit the killing to those who want to die.
Peter Singer
Arguments derived from probabilities are idle.
Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country’s scared.
Barack Obama
Men are so made that they can resist sound argument, and yet yield to a glance.
Honore de Balzac
I certainly do care about measuring educational results. But what is an ‘educational result?’ The twinkling eyes of my students, together with their heartfelt and beautifully expressed mathematical arguments are all the results I need.
Keith Devlin
Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love. If I do not love a person I am not moved to help him by proofs that he is in need; if I do love him, I wait for no proof of a special need to urge me to help him.
Roland Allen
My sense from talking to college students is that you have a healthier sense of the diversity of opinions or arguments or analysis about issues. In our day it was just sort of, “Well gee, this is what the news says so that’s the way it is.” It didn’t really get challenged that much.
William Kristol
Whenever my mother talks to me, she begins the conversation as if we were already in the middle of an argument.
Amy Tan
You can make an argument that Bill O’Reilly is a conservative or a Republican. Bill’s kind of unpredictable. Somebody might say that he would have been comfortable in the Democratic Party of Scoop Jackson.
Brit Hume
The desertion of Jesus, by his followers, furnishes an argument in support of the supposition that he attempted to be king of the Jews, rather than that he was a superior being.
Lysander Spooner
The peculiarity of the evidence of mathematical truths is that all the argument is on one side.
John Stuart Mill
Religion is not going to come up with any new arguments.
Christopher Hitchens
I think that genre distinctions basically boil down to marketing categories, which are outdated. Any time people have an argument about them, they’re arguing about something that doesn’t exist in any meaningful way that has to do with style or substance or actual content of books.
Emily Gould
It’s much better to have your arguments dismissed because you might be joking than to have your arguments dismissed because you’re not telling the truth.
P. J. O’Rourke
Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.
Laurens van der Post
It became the middle finger I couldn’t raise in PR photographs. The mustache became my silent last word in the verbal battles I was losing with higher headquarters on rules, targets, and fighting the war.
Robin Olds
All argument is against it; but all belief is for it.
Samuel Johnson
Now, I’m not onboard with the argument that jokes are destructive to humanity. There are bigger issues, and I do not necessarily subscribe to the belief that jokes perpetuate violence and racism. They lampoon those things most of the time. But I could be wrong about that. I’m not a sociologist or an expert.
Moshe Kasher
Unfortunately, things are different in climate science because the arguments have become heavily politicised. To say that the dogmas are wrong has become politically incorrect.
Freeman Dyson
I hate this argument that says little Britain or something outside, or Britain is part of a wider Europe. We can both be within our trading relationships within Europe but we can also be a fantastic global trader.
Iain Duncan Smith
I don’t want to get into an argument at the bar with some old racist homophobic person.
My arguments for liberal empire or whatever you want to call it – hegemony, primacy, you name it – are really activated by a sense that the alternatives involve more violence, more repression, more hardship.
Niall Ferguson
A willingness to engage in the give and take of argument displays a commitment to cognitive egalitarianism – the proposition that all people should be treated as intellectual equals, and that no individual can legitimately claim a privileged immunity from the burden of proof.
George H. Smith
It’s false. There is absolutely no evidence that extreme weather events are on the increase. None. The argument that more and more dollar damages accrue is a reflection of the greater amount of wealth we’ve created.
Jerry Taylor
There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labor. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the insane howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them.
William Tecumseh Sherman
The media when it focuses on climate change at all, does so in terms of carbon emissions and how to reduce them. Only rarely do our leaders advance arguments about adapting our environment and our economy to the effects of climate change that are already inevitable.
Barry Gardiner
As much as the constitutional argument matters to me, what really matters to me is this sort of moral question of can we order somebody to risk their lives about a military mission if we’re not willing to debate, vote, and say that the military mission matters?
Tim Kaine
Calling Rand Paul ‘the most interesting man in politics’ is an invitation to an argument – but one we suspect he’d love to have.
Nancy Gibbs
When observers look back 50 years from now, the arguments supporting Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, though just as sincerely held, will again seem an obvious pretext for discrimination.
Robert Lewis Hinkle
Every status update you read on Facebook, every tweet or text message you get from a friend, is competing for resources in your brain with important things like whether to put your savings in stocks or bonds, where you left your passport, or how best to reconcile with a close friend you just had an argument with.
Daniel Levitin
The soundest argument will produce no more conviction in an empty head than the most superficial declamation; as a feather and a guinea fall with equal velocity in a vacuum.
Charles Caleb Colton
God’s Word is its own best argument.
Vance Havner
Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism than do all the arguments of atheists.
Dennis Prager
We’re lawyers. We present the arguments, and the court sorts out the merits.
David Boies
The bucolic mind of East Barsetshire took warm delight in the eloquence of the eminent personage who represented them, but was wont to extract more actual enjoyment from the music of his periods than from the strength of his arguments.
Anthony Trollope
I know that there are many excellent arguments for a universal form of basic income. Since everyone would get it, it would remove the stigma that dogs recipients of assistance and ‘entitlements’.
Rutger Bregman
When a man finds a conclusion agreeable, he accepts it without argument, but when he finds it disagreeable, he will bring against it all the forces of logic and reason.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Winston Churchill
One of the chief duties of the fan is to engage in arguments with the man behind him. This department of the game has been allowed to run down fearfully.
Robert Benchley
The ego is a self-justifying historian which seeks only that information that agrees with it, rewrites history when it needs to, and does not even see the evidence that threatens it.
Anthony Greenwald
The irrationality of disgust suggests it is unreliable as a source of moral insight. There may be good arguments against gay marriage, partial-birth abortions and human cloning, but the fact that some people find such acts to be disgusting should carry no weight.
Paul Bloom
Words are weapons, and it is dangerous . . . to borrow them from the arsenal of the enemy.
George Santayana
I used to be a wannabe Genghis Khan and will always be that. He never lost any battles. Then I swung to the other side of the spectrum and settled on Mr. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Now I realise I should identify myself with those who strengthen my argument.
Kamal Haasan
The skilful disputant well knows that he never has his enemy at more advantage than when, by allowing the premises, he shows him arguing wrong from his own principles.
William Warburton
A knock-down argument; ’tis but a word and a blow.
John Dryden
I think in telling a good story there has to be ups and downs with any character, and you can’t just have everything go swimmingly and you can’t just have characters who are supposed to be in a romantic relationship just getting into an argument every episode.
Chris Sullivan
It’s become a running joke among the public, and liberals have lost all credibility when it comes to climate science because their arguments have become so ridiculous and so obviously disconnected from reality.
Sonny Perdue
The only argument you can make against having Confederate flag as spectacularly shown as it is around the south is the Nazis. I mean, it would be like having the swastika flag…
Whoopi Goldberg
I don’t think anyone would describe me as an understated advocate. Several people have told me my argument style is very direct and very blunt, which I find mystifying. How could you ever be anything but direct and blunt?
Lisa Blatt
Team members care about one another, listen, share secrets, talk about the latest news, have heated arguments, are sometimes jealous of each other, and even cry together.
Tom Rath
The ongoing argument over whether the Enlightenment is a good thing is hardly a new facet of American political life.
Ben Domenech
Every time we get into an argument about cooking or laundering shirts, she shakes her Oscar at me, and I’m dead in the water. It would be a great equalizer now after 33 years.
Paul Newman
One of the beautiful things about men is that they’re very in the moment. That’s why they don’t want to have an argument about what happened six months ago.
Tracy McMillan
The argument of danger only applies to those who live in relative safety.
Graham Greene
You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument.
Samuel Johnson
A dark cloud is no sign that the sun has lost his light; and dark black convictions are no arguments that God has laid aside His mercy.
Charles Spurgeon
Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love.
Roland Allen
I think any List of Best X creates arguments and people saying ‘You listed that rubbish?’ That’s what lists like this are for.
Scott Westerfeld
There is not a single extant study that supports all the arguments against men being with their children. It’s absolute bollocks.
Bob Geldof
I don’t necessarily want kids. A lot of our friends are having children and I don’t know if it’s for me. I haven’t come down hardcore on either side of the argument. I think when people come from a stable family having children becomes a celebration and I’m not sure it would be that way for me.
Jon Hamm
I have to do what I’m doing at the time. That’s the most important thing. You might lose some people along the way, and you might gain other people on the way, that’s just the way it is. But nevertheless, if you’re driven by something, there is no argument about it; that’s what you have to do.
Paul Weller
“Fair, kind, and true” is all my argument,
“Fair, kind, and true” varying to other words;
And in this change is my invention spent,
Three themes in one, which wondrous scope affords.
William Shakespeare
There’s a very real argument that the minute we are capable of going to a planet, whether it’s Mars or another one, and inhabiting it, that we really should.
Ron Howard
How often have I not heard a perfectly intelligent female says, in the tone of one clinching an argument, ‘Edgar says — ‘ And all the time you are perfectly aware that Edgar is a perfect fool.
Agatha Christie
The infidelity that springs from the heart is not to be reached by a course of lectures on the evidences of Christianity; argument did not cause, and argument will not remove it.
Mark Hopkins
There’s an argument that celebrities stop growing mentally the moment they reach stardom and then they just – everything goes away. I think that’s true.
Greg Gutfeld
Jokes for jokes’ sake are kind of meaningless to me. I understand the value of them, but it doesn’t speak to me as much. You can lace your argument with jokes, but tell me why you’re presenting this argument. What does it mean?
Hasan Minhaj
How could an argument soothe or settle a controversy when every word is a nest for a bird of doubt? (meaning of words as inferences)
Edmond Jabes
I’m not entitled to have an opinion unless I can state the arguments against my position better than the people who are in opposition. I think that I am qualified to speak only when I’ve reached that state.
Charlie Munger
The argument is at an end.
Saint Augustine
What is desire but the hard wire argument given to the mind’s unstoppable mouth
Mary Jo Bang
There is certainly no one ‘type’ of writer who deliberately draws on Shakespeare. In fact, there’s a strong argument that everyone writing in the English language is influenced by Shakespeare because, to a considerable degree, he shaped that language.
Matt Haig
Surely: the adverb of a man without an argument.
Edward St Aubyn
The truth is that killing innocent people is always wrong – and no argument or excuse, no matter how deeply believed, can ever make it right. No religion on earth condones the killing of innocent people; no faith tradition tolerates the random killing of our brothers and sisters on this earth.
Feisal Abdul Rauf
I hope maybe ‘The Returned,’ in some small way, can contribute to the argument of the poignancy of human life and make people not take for granted things.
Mark Pellegrino
A real pleasure is a pleasure that one enjoys by one’s self, without a companion, and without a single argument.
Sholom Aleichem
If you can make someone laugh about something that your opponent or your opposition thinks, that means you’ve done a really good job of highlighting what’s wrong with their argument or their position.
Jon Lovett
Logic is invincible, because in order to combat logic it is necessary to use logic.
Pierre Boutroux
The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.
Newt Gingrich
Children key off their parents’ reaction more than the argument or physical discipline itself.
Po Bronson
Power positions do not yield to arguments, however rationally and morally valid, but only to superior power.
Hans Morgenthau
Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet, respectful tones, but in a foreign language. You’d be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children.
Judith Martin
My dad shaped the footballing side of me, and Mum shaped me as a person. I’ve always been very close to her – we’ve only ever had one argument, and that was over something stupid when I was 13.
Frank Lampard
Silence is one of the hardest kind of arguments to refute. There is no good substitute for wisdom; but silence is the best that has yet been discovered.
Josh Billings
The sole argument generally given to justify this picture of the world is that perturbative string theories have a massless spin two mode and thus could provide an explanation of gravity, if one ever managed to find an underlying theory for which perturbative string theory is the perturbative expansion.
Peter Woit
Fox hunting, there’s big fox hunting thing, there’s arguments in Britain about fox hunting. And they go around. They obviously hunt foxes because the foxes, they attack chickens. And posh people have an alliance with chickens just like in the First World War.
Eddie Izzard
Those who insist on transferring the Iranian nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council have received an additional argument for doing so.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
When a person has a gun, sometimes their mind clicks that this thing will win arguments and straighten people out.
Bill Cosby
Asking someone to repeat a phrase you’d not only heard very clearly but were also exceedingly angry about was around Defcon II in the lexicon of squabble.
Terry Pratchett
The Senate floor is and always has been the great arena of our democracy. I spent eight years in my younger life as a boxer, and sometimes when I enter the chamber, I think, ‘This is the ring. The American people can see us here and listen to our arguments. This is where the fights matter.’
Jim Webb
Most arguments for instituting or raising a minimum wage are based on fairness and redistribution. Even if workers are getting a competitive wage, many of us are deeply disturbed that some hard-working families still have very little.
Christina Romer
A very weighty argument is this namely, that neither does the light which descends from thence, chiefly upon the world , mix itself with anything, nor admit of dirtiness or pollution, but remains entirely, and in all things that are, free from defilement, admixture, and suffering.
Saint Augustine
I wrote my own first book about the defense of television as an art form in 1992. It was harder to make the argument then. Now it seems absolutely a given. You can argue about when the Platinum Age Of Television begins, but I don’t think that anybody can argue that it’s not here.
David Bianculli
History is, indeed, an argument without end.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
There will always be excuses, arguments, and questions of timing when moving on difficult and controversial issues.
Lara Giddings
I let the argument rip healthily between the departments. This is a very good way to finding out the truth.
Winston Churchill
I don’t believe it. Prove it to me and I still won’t believe it.
Douglas Adams
No argument can persuade me to like oysters if I do not like them. In other words, the disturbing thing about matters of taste is that they are not communicable.
Hannah Arendt
The best argument for teaching poetry is to put a three-year-old or a four-year-old and read Dr. Seuss, or Robert Louis Stevenson, and to feel how the child and you are engaging in something that’s really basic to the animal, which is passing on in these rhythmic ways, something that came from somewhere.
Robert Pinsky
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
No matter what argument you make against evolution, the response is, ‘Well, you know, it’s possible to believe in evolution and believe in God.’ Yes, and it’s possible to believe in Spiderman and believe in God, but that doesn’t prove Spiderman is true.
Ann Coulter
Argument is conclusive, but it does not remove doubt.
Roger Bacon
The only real argument for monolithic systems was performance, and there is now enough evidence showing that microkernel systems can be just as fast as monolithic systems.
Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Implements of war and subjugation are the last arguments to which kings resort.
Patrick Henry
I can’t count the times that upon telling someone I am vegetarian, he or she responded by pointing out an inconsistency in my lifestyle or trying to find a flaw in an argument I never made. (I have often felt that my vegetarianism matters more to such people than it does to me.)
Jonathan Safran Foer
When people say things like “don’t let this moment pass without acting on gun control,” what they’re really saying is our arguments are so unpersuasive that they can only succeed when people aren’t thinking clearly.
Glenn Reynolds
A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
Joseph Addison
Closing one’s ears to the complaints of partisans would also entail closing one’s mind to the substance of their arguments.
Daniel Okrent
As for Hitler, his professed religion unhesitatingly juxtaposed the God-Providence and Valhalla. Actually his god was an argument at a political meeting and a manner of reaching an impressive climax at the end of speeches.
Albert Camus
After Pope, in the beginning of Romanticism, people developed the idea that imagination rather than reason was a special form of knowledge and its best expression is through poetry. Therefore, poetry should not try to do the stuff that mere prose does: convey information or make arguments about ideas.
Robert Hass
In a world where audiences listen for attitudes rather than arguments or information, speakers must feel the pressure to posture rather than engage.
Abhijit Banerjee
I’ve learned to start from a really sound argument, boil down the essence of what you’re trying to say, then build your humor around that, rather than starting with, ‘This sounds funny,’ and going from there.
Hasan Minhaj
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
William Butler Yeats
We don’t argue if drug companies create drugs that can cure humans and charge lots of money for them, even though we all have these diseases. It will be pretty hard to make a different argument for genes.
Leroy Hood
Burning sage changes the energy for the home, so if you’ve had an argument or some form of stress, it removes negative energies.
Karen Rose
An argument frequently used by believers [is] to force unbelievers to soften their terms by accepting their opponents’ definition; “Atheist” means without a concept of God that is logically convincing, not with proof that God does not exist.
Jim Herrick
The most important quality for a judge is open- mindedness to the arguments.
Samuel Alito
There is no argument that I won’t take seriously.
Mary Beard
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
Leonardo da Vinci
I often have an argument with people. I say name me a classic song that’s not sad in some kind of way. And even if you can, you’ll have to search pretty far.
Danger Mouse
In exposition and in argument, the writer must likewise never lose his hold upon the concrete; and even when he is dealing with general principles, he must furnish particular instances of their application.
William Strunk, Jr.
Even a nod from a person who is esteemed is of more force than a thousand arguments or studied sentences from others.
One of the duties of a baseball fan is to engage in arguments with the man behind him.
Sharon Olds
When you voice your disagreement, begin by talking about what you have in common with the person you are arguing with. Too often we rush to judgment, race to argue, and overlook all the common ground we share.
Matthew Kelly
Though I don’t have any serious argument with Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’, I believe that Americans cease to be Europeans – the land makes them become Americans. You see it happening all the time when you travel around America.
Michael Moorcock
As for the assertion that nuclear weapons prevent wars, how many more wars are needed to refute this arguments? Tens of millions have died in the many wars that have taken place since 1945.
Joseph Rotblat
A lot of conservative writers have twisted that argument in the conversation around Judge [Gonzalo] Curiel and said this is identity politics as played by liberals. And that I think what they’re trying to say is that progressives are the first to say.
Dahlia Lithwick
It is difficult to be emphatic when no one is emphatic on the other side.
Charles Dudley Warner
There’s nothing wrong with paying taxes; they should be paid in proportion to how rich you are. This idea that you’re going to get better growth by cutting taxes at the top has no historical justification. And it’s certainly not an argument in favor of capitalism.
John Ralston Saul
If you lose an argument it doesn’t mean you change your mind but you have to accept the decision.
Claire Fox
The next time you find yourself in an argument, rather than defend your position, see if you can see the other point of view first.
Richard Carlson
I don’t want to get into an argument with somebody about how they ought to vote.
John Kasich
God, in His wrath, has not left this world to the mercy of the subtlest dialectician; and all arguments are happily transitory in their effect when they contradict the primal intuitions of conscience and the inborn sentiments of the heart.
Edwin Percy Whipple
… so far as religion is concerned, argument is adjourned.
Woodrow Wilson
After an argument, silence may mean acceptance or the continuation of resistance by other means.
Mason Cooley
The most powerful argument of all for saving open space is economics; in most states, tourism is the number two industry.
Jim Fowler
Well, part of the thing is, like, what’s the difference between censorship and social responsibility? I sometimes find that the whole censorship argument is used as a way for people to avoid the fact that they’re like.
Kathleen Hanna
What I’ve learnt is when you walk into a family argument and people tell you it’s about principle don’t get involved. There is more to life than principles.
Maurice Glasman, Baron Glasman
Niagaras of beauty are flowing by untapped by ordinary consciousness. . . . Would that we could send robots who could film these psychedelic realities. . . . The presence of so much beauty is an argument to me that truth cannot be far away.
Terence McKenna
The mechanical loom and the calculator have shown us that technology is both disruptive and filled with opportunities. But it would be hard to find a decent argument that we would have been better off without these inventions.
Oren Etzioni
A lot of people pulled me up after ‘Trainspotting’ for its absence of politics, but the argument I make is that the absence of politics is political as well.
Irvine Welsh
Neither irony nor sarcasm is argument.
Rufus Choate
If we were to one day encounter a form of life more powerful and intelligent than our own, and it regarded us as we regard fish, what would be our argument against being eaten?
Jonathan Safran Foer
The object of Parliament is to substitute argument for fisticuffs.
Winston Churchill
Overly focused, it’s far from the time to rest now. Debates growin bout who they think is the best now
You must force yourself to consider opposing arguments. Especially when they challenge your best loved ideas.
Charlie Munger
The trial lawyer does what Socrates was executed for: making the worse argument appear the stronger.
Irving Kaufman
Most couples have not had hundreds of arguments; they’ve had the same argument hundreds of times.
Gay Hendricks
In one sense I feel that my book is a one-woman argument against determinism.
Susan Griffin
There’s no doubt in my mind that sleep deprivation is the hidden number one cause of arguments and cybersex. I’m convinced that countless good relationships end and bad ones begin because of chronic fatigue. Never make a major decision until after you’ve taken a nap.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
What was tortuously secured by complex argument becomes widely shared intuition, so obvious that we forget its provenance. We don’t see it, because we see with it.
Rebecca Goldstein
Since when was an emotional argument won by logic?
Robert A. Heinlein
There is not a single extant study that supports all the arguments against men being with their children. It’s absolute bollocks
Bob Geldof
The influence of the leaders is due in very small measure to the arguments they employ, but in a large degree to their prestige. The best proof of this is that, should they by any circumstance lose their prestige, their influence disappears.
Gustave Le Bon
I love to argue. I’ve always loved to argue. And I love to point out the weaknesses of the opposing arguments. It may well be that I’m something of a shin kicker. It may well be that I’m something of a contrarian.
Antonin Scalia
One of the main arguments that I make in my new book, ‘The Great Degeneration,’ is that the rule of law in the U.S. is becoming the rule of lawyers.
Niall Ferguson
He who is vain and delights in his own ability is deceived by his inferiors. When he likes to bring forth arguments and kindliness, his inferiors take advantage of his abilities.
Han Fei
Margaret Thatcher was beyond argument a great Prime Minister. Her tragedy is that she may be remembered less for the brilliance of her many achievements than for the recklessness with which she later sought to impose her own increasingly uncompromising views.
Geoffrey Howe
So many times I’ve heard people say that the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples won’t really change anything other than some legal and financial stuff. It’s a dumb argument: those legal and financial effects matter.
Alice Dreger
The way that same-sex marriage should reach the federal level is that it absolutely should be decided by the Supreme Court as quickly as possible. It’s a 14th Amendment issue. There’s no argument about it.
Tony Kushner
I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born, in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the dissuadinig arguments of my best friends.
Charles Dickens
There’s an argument that maybe [The Grinder] was better suited for streaming or cable. I don’t know. I still like to think there’s a place for smart, subversive, original comedies on networks.
Rob Lowe
Free speech gives us the ability to react vigorously with effective arguments and expose the weakness and misdirection of the other side’s claims.
Rush Limbaugh
Give a talk to children and tell them dinosaurs didn’t drag their tails, and you get arguments.
Jack Horner
My dad has been in the fight against monopoly since it wasn’t so cool. I’m sure I’ve turned to the subject to please him, though I think he might consider some of my arguments a little flamethrowing for his tastes.
Franklin Foer
When I was younger, if I got into arguments, I’d become aggressive and violent, but I learnt the hard way that was only going to end negatively.
Ant Middleton
You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
Regina Brett
Some philosophical arguments (e.g., in connection with the mind/body problem) look pretty good, while others (e.g., those that criticize moral realism) do not.
Elliott Sober
People want to be inspired. They want to aspire to something. … You can have the best product, the best service, the best argument in a debate. But without the effective words you still lose. In the end you need good principles and good language if you are to succeed.
Frank Luntz
You cannot ‘rationalize’ what is not rational to begin with – as if lying were called ‘truthization.’ There is no way to obtain more truth for a proposition by bribery, flattery, or the most passionate argument – you can make more people believe the proposition, but you cannot make it more true.
Eliezer Yudkowsky
You can win more arguments then you might think as a writer, even though you legally have no recourse, and your script can get muddied and altered in any way possible. You can use reason, logic, and passion to argue persuasively for a case in your favor.
Shane Black
I keep hearing the argument that some things are constitutional while other things are not. The idea is that we should be in favor of all the things that were decided over 200 years ago by a bunch of slave-owning cross-dressers who pooped in holes.
Scott Adams
I have no argument with those who see in organized religion a template or an imperative to live life according to a prescribed set of beliefs. Just give others the room, within the laws of civil society, to believe or not believe whatever they like.
Michael J. Fox
I am very cautious of people who are absolutely right, especially when they are vehemently so.
Michael Palin
Let us leave a little room for reflection in our lives, room too for silence. Let us look within ourselves and see whether there is some delightful hidden place inside where we can be free of noise and argument. Let us hear the Word of God in stillness and perhaps we will then come to understand it.
Saint Augustine
An argument often given for why Earth couldn’t host another form of life is that once the life we know became established, it would have eliminated any competition through natural selection. But if another form of life were confined to its own niche, there would be little direct competition with regular life.
Paul Davies
Nothing uses up alcohol faster than political argument.
Robert A. Heinlein
You never knew the last time you were seeing someone. You didn’t know when the last argument happened, or the last time you had sex, or the last time you looked into their eyes and thanked God they were in your life.
After they were gone?
That was all you thought about.
Day and night.
J.R. Ward
The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.
Friedrich Nietzsche
When I am convinced of any principle, it is only an idea which strikes more strongly upon me. When I give the preference to one set of arguments above another, I do nothing but decide from my feeling concerning the superiority of their influence.
David Hume
In a proper pub everyone there is potentially, if not a lifelong friend, at least someone to lure into an argument about foreign policy or the Red Sox.
Barbara Holland
I like debate and argument, so I’m usually all right with disagreement, and I’m even all right if the critic doesn’t come to a clear thumbs up or thumbs down. But I need the disagreement to have some kind of line I can follow on the map. I like following an interesting mind along it.
Michelle Dean
Lincoln once said that America was founded on a proposition that was written by Jefferson in 1776. We are really founded on an argument about what that proposition means.
Joseph J. Ellis
What is prejudice? An opinion, which is not based upon reason; a judgment, without having heard the argument; a feeling, without being able to trace from whence it came.
Carrie Chapman Catt
If the reason I give is a good one, you will act upon it. If it is a bad one I cannot make it better by piling epithet upon epithet. There is no logic in abuse; there is no argument in an epithet.
Robert Green Ingersoll
The modern believer is not suspicious enough, which is perhaps why when they try to construct arguments in their defence, the convictions are left doing all the work and reason, debilitated by neglect, weakly fails to prop them up.
Julian Baggini
For the sake of argument and illustration I will presume that certain articles of ordinary diet, however beneficial in youth, are prejudicial in advanced life, like beans to a horse, whose common ordinary food is hay and corn.
William Banting
An argument can be made that relationship building is the treatment.
Leston Havens
People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The argument from improbability, properly deployed, comes close to proving that God does not exist.
Richard Dawkins
A companion is but another self; wherefore it is an argument that a man is wicked if he keep company with the wicked.
Pope Clement I
If you don’t want to be in an argument with someone, it is probably best to try to solve the problem, rather than lying around hoping the other person will do it for you.
E. Lockhart
Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels.
One of the peculiarities of recent speculation, especially in America, is that ideas are abandoned in virtue of a mere change of feeling, without any new evidence or new arguments. We do not nowadays refute our predecessors, we pleasantly bid them good-bye.
George Santayana
When you get me a good man made out of arguments, I will get you a good dinner with reading you the cookery book.
George Eliot
So in a strange way, even though Trump is a billionaire, what he’s been saying is, “Everything’s rigged, it’s all corrupt and I’m not corrupt because I’m my own billionaire.” Both [Donald] Trump and Bernie Sanders made a lot of hay by making that argument.
Jane Mayer
People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
Will Rogers
I think that we may lose the argument, but I think we have to talk about gun control.
Chuck Todd