Arguments Quotes

Most popular arguments quotes

If you spend all your time arguing with people who are nuts, you'll be exhausted and the nuts will still be nuts.

changing people

Soft words make hard arguments.
It takes two flints to make a fire.
Debate is the death of conversation.
In quarreling, the truth is always lost.


I am not arguing with you - I am telling you.
Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.


Arguments thrive on opposition and die without it.
The first one who uses "but" has lost the argument.
People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.


I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.
A single fact will often spoil an interesting argument.
— The Ideals and Follies of Business


A man never tells you anything until you contradict him.

human nature

When people are least sure, they are often most dogmatic.
The best way to answer a bad argument is to let it go on.
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument.
Silence is one of the hardest kind of arguments to refute.


Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.


My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
Never argue with a fool; people might not know the difference.
The quiet shaft of ridicule oft-times does more than argument.
My idea of disagreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
Whenever two people argue over principles, they are both right.


Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.


I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.
The best argument is that which seems merely like an explanation.
It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.
The best causes tend to attract to their support the worst arguments.
The best way I know to win an argument is to start out by being right.
You can easily play a joke on a man who likes to argue; agree with him.
When in an argument, try asking questions instead of making statements.
A disputant no more cares for the truth than the sportsman for the hare.
Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.
The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
Whether on the road or in an argument, when you see red it's time to stop.
How come nobody wants to argue with me? Is it because I'm always so right?
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.

discussion socialism

The quickest way to kindle a fire is to rub two opposing opinions together.
The best way I know of to win an argument is to start by being in the right.
Temper is what gets most of us in an argument. Pride is what keeps us there.

pride temper

Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat.
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance.
Anybody who thinks there aren't two sides to every argument is probably in one.
— The Cockle Bur
The best way of answering a bad argument is not to stop it, but to let it go on.
I never saw an instance of one of two disputants convincing the other by argument.
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.


I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
— Saying


Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion but rather to know it.
The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics.


Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.
There is one thing to be said for ignorance — it sure causes a lot of interesting arguments.


My sad conviction is that people can only agree about what they're not really interested in.
Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.
How many a dispute could have been deflated if the disputants had dared to define their terms.


Arguing is a game two can play at. But it is a strange game in that neither opponent ever wins.
Nothing can keep an argument going like two persons who aren't sure what they're arguing about.
Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.


There is no such test of a man's superiority of character as in the well conducting of an unavoidable quarrel.
Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation; as it is generally in books the worst sort of reading.


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.
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
There is no good in arguing with the inevitable.  The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
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.
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.


People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.
One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving an argument than its frank admission.


Our disputants put me in mind of the skuttle fish, that when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens all the water about him, till he becomes invisible.
If you argue and rankle and contradict, you may achieve a victory sometimes; but it will be an empty victory because you will never get your opponent's good will.
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.
The most important tactic 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 an embarrassing loss of face.
At Cambridge I was taught a laudable method of argument: you never personalize, but you have absolutely no respect for people's opinions. You are never rude to the person, but you can be savagely rude about what the person thinks.