Quotations on Argument

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The first and continuing argument for the curtailment of working hours and the raising of the minimum age was that education was necessary in a democracy and working children could not attend school.
- Grace Abbott
(Keywords: Age, Education, Argument, Children, Democracy, First, School)

Shrines! Shrines! Surely you don't believe in the gods. What's your argument? Where's your proof?
- Aristophanes
(Keywords: Gods, Argument, Proof)

Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.
- Jane Austen
(Keywords: Women, Argument, Being, Matrimony, Poor)

Argument is conclusive, but it does not remove doubt, so that the mind may rest in the sure knowledge of the truth, unless it finds it by the method of experiment.
- Roger Bacon
(Keywords: Truth, Knowledge, Argument, Doubt, May, Mind, Rest)

Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.
- Hosea Ballou
(Keywords: Life, Argument, Practice, Preaching)

The argument has been made in Congress that it is slippery slope if you allow therapeutic, what people people are calling therapeutic cloning, then you will get reproductive cloning.
- David Baltimore
(Keywords: People, Argument, Congress, Will)

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
(Keywords: Food, Diet, Life, Argument, Will, Youth)

My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never.
- Jack Benny
(Keywords: Wife, Argument, Divorce, Murder, Years)

I think what I and most other sociologists of religion wrote in the 1960s about secularization was a mistake. Our underlying argument was that secularization and modernity go hand in hand. With more modernization comes more secularization.
- Peter L. Berger
(Keywords: Religion, Mistake, Argument, Modernity)

If this phrase of the 'balance of power' is to be always an argument for war, the pretext for war will never be wanting, and peace can never be secure.
- John Bright
(Keywords: Peace, War, Power, Argument, Will)

But black people fall for that same argument, and they go around talking about law breakers. We did not make the laws in this country. We are neither morally nor legally confined to those laws. Those laws that keep them up, keep us down.
- H. Rap Brown
(Keywords: People, Argument, Country, Law, Laws, Talking)

I'm not going to get in to an argument with anyone about the relative merits of Judaism and Christianity, and what it means for a Jewish kid to be a Christian - I'm just not interested in that argument.
- T-Bone Burnett
(Keywords: Christian, Christianity, Argument, Judaism)

The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.
- George Carlin
(Keywords: Family, Argument, Night)

There's a great argument about how many men he actually killed. People would tell stories and then as we all know as stories get told over and over again, they get embellished, facts get changed, elaborated upon, exaggerated.
- Keith Carradine
(Keywords: Men, People, Argument, Facts)

Truthiness is tearing apart our country, and I don't mean the argument over who came up with the word. I don't know whether it's a new thing, but it's certainly a current thing, in that it doesn't seem to matter what facts are. It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that's not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything.
- Stephen Colbert
(Keywords: Perception, Argument, Country, Facts, Opinion, Word)

I don't accept the argument of people like David Horowitz that the government should impose some sort of predetermined political balance on academic research.
- Juan Cole
(Keywords: Government, People, Argument, Balance, Research)

He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: Power, Trust, Argument, Right, Sense, Sound, Word)

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
(Keywords: Life, People, Argument, Curiosity, Generosity, Serenity, Will)

After an argument, silence may mean acceptance or the continuation of resistance by other means.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Acceptance, Argument, May, Silence)

Even in the beginning, when we knew there was a legal argument about how much our song sounds like his song, as one songwriter to another, I wasn't sure that Cat Stevens would take that as bad.
- Wayne Coyne
(Keywords: Legal, Argument, Beginning, Song)

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
- Frederick Douglass
(Keywords: Time, Argument, Irony)

Whenever I run into prejudice. I smile and feel sorry for them, and I say to myself, There's one more argument for birth control.
- Freddy Fender
(Keywords: Control, Argument, Birth control, Prejudice, Smile)

No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.
- Marilyn Ferguson
(Keywords: Change, Argument, Open)

I say, If everybody in this house lives where it's God first, friends and family second and you third, we won't ever have an argument.
- Jeff Foxworthy
(Keywords: Family, God, Argument, First, Friends)

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
(Keywords: Father, Argument, Difference, Opinion)

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
(Keywords: Men, Mistake, Strength, Argument, Feeling, Logic, Mind)

The argument that somehow we've got to get rid of minority scholarships so that we can have a free and fair America implies that we have a colorblind society where minorities are equal in their pursuit of funds to go to school.
- William H. Gray
(Keywords: Society, America, Argument, Minority, Pursuit, School)

My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
- Thomas Hardy
(Keywords: Peace, War, History, Argument, Poor, Reading)

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.
- David Hume
(Keywords: Truth, Argument, Friends)

There was a very convincing argument made that the extremists have won and the aggression is now supported by the majority, therefore fighting until surrender was the only alternative.
- Joichi Ito
(Keywords: Aggression, Argument, Fighting, Majority, Now, Surrender)

The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.
- William James
(Keywords: Life, Argument, Existence, Man)

In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
- Franz Kafka
(Keywords: Love, Argument, Nothing, Songs)

Is it possible to covet a much longer life for one's self and be as devoted to the well-being of the next generation? It's a long argument.
- Leon Kass
(Keywords: Life, Argument, Self)

After granting amnesty to illegals 20 years ago, we have gone from 3 million illegals to 11 million illegals. Our government has been fooled once by this amnesty argument, let us not be fooled again.
- Ric Keller
(Keywords: Government, Argument, Years)

I'd like to do policy and I'd like to do philosophy, I'd like to be able to get into the depth, into the meat of the argument - that's the kind of stuff I want to do.
- Jonathan Krohn
(Keywords: Policy, Argument, Philosophy, Want)

In argument, truth always prevails finally; in politics, falsehood always.
- Walter Savage Landor
(Keywords: Politics, Truth, Argument, Falsehood)

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
(Keywords: Design, People, Act, Argument, Contradiction, Duty, Now, Office, Public)

There can be no argument about the Lone Star State's significant contributions to American history, and we must remember the actions and the sacrifices of those who made Texas independence a reality.
- Michael McCaul
(Keywords: History, Actions, American, Argument, Independence, Reality, State)

I explain this not for publicity, nor seeking to win an argument of right or wrong, I explain so that the record is clear as to my thinking and motivations in bombing a government installation.
- Timothy McVeigh
(Keywords: Government, Argument, Publicity, Right, Thinking, Wrong)

The scientific argument advanced for intelligent design at the Dover trial, those arguments collapsed, scientifically and intellectually.
- Kenneth Miller
(Keywords: Design, Argument, Arguments)

The argument for intelligent design basically depends on saying, 'You haven't answered every question with evolution,'... Well, guess what? Science can't answer every question.
- Kenneth Miller
(Keywords: Design, Science, Argument, Evolution, Question, Saying)

I've chosen my wedding ring large and heavy to continue forever. But exactly because of that all the time that Dave and I have an argument I feel it like handcuffs, and on anger time I throw it in a basket. Poor Dave, he bought me three wedding rings already!
- Carmen Miranda
(Keywords: Anger, Time, Wedding, Argument, Poor)

It was an argument of rare power and eloquence.
- William Henry Moody
(Keywords: Power, Argument, Eloquence)

As set forth by theologians, the idea of 'God' is an argument that assumes its own conclusions, and proves nothing.
- Johann Most
(Keywords: Idea, Argument, Nothing)

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, Jr.
(Keywords: Legal, Argument, Hospitals, Months)

But, you know, there's still an argument, there's still ten states that outlaw premarital sex, and many more states where adultery is still outlawed and a crime.
- Liam Neeson
(Keywords: Sex, Adultery, Argument, Crime, states)

I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
- Howard Nemerov
(Keywords: Hope, Argument, Sense)

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.
- Barack Obama
(Keywords: Politics, Science, Time, Winning, Argument, Day, Facts, Now, Reason, Right)

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
(Keywords: Politics, Science, Time, Winning, Argument, Country, Day, Facts, Now, Reason, Right)

Another argument, vaguer and even less persuasive, is that gay marriage somehow does harm to heterosexual marriage. I have yet to meet anyone who can explain to me what this means. In what way would allowing same-sex partners to marry diminish the marriages of heterosexual couples?
- Ted Olson
(Keywords: Marriage, Argument, Gay, Harm)



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