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)

The argument on the other side of special rights is completely bogus. It's bogus because you could make exactly the same claim about racial or ethnic or religious minorities.
- Tom Allen
(Keywords: Argument, Rights, Religious)

Observe which side resorts to the most vociferous name-calling and you are likely to have identified the side with the weaker argument and they know it.
- Charles R. Anderson
(Keywords: Argument, Name)

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

I do not have a brain that I long for in dealing with matters of which I am ignorant, that don't come within my ken and a rationale, a reason, and argument and so on, and I can't do that and I'm not in that bracket at all.
- Richard Attenborough
(Keywords: Argument, Reason)

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)

For if any man who never saw fire proved by satisfactory arguments that fire burns. His hearer's mind would never be satisfied, nor would he avoid the fire until he put his hand in it that he might learn by experiment what argument taught.
- Roger Bacon
(Keywords: Argument, Arguments, Fire, Man, Mind)

Every argument on lynching in the South gets back sooner or later to the question of rape.
- Ray Stannard Baker
(Keywords: Argument, Question)

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)

It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.
- Francis Beaumont
(Keywords: Argument, Injury, Silence)

Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.
- E. T. Bell
(Keywords: Argument, Proof)

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.
- Robert Benchley
(Keywords: Argument, Ignorance)

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)

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.
- Wendell Berry
(Keywords: Argument, Dawn, Dew)

The conservative argument is that the economy is like the weather, that it just operates automatically.
- Sidney Blumenthal
(Keywords: Argument, Conservative, Economy, Weather)

I have found you an argument; I am not obliged to find you an understanding.
- James Boswell
(Keywords: Argument, Understanding)

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)

Given the difficulty of resisting such temptations over the longer run, a proper concern for the welfare of congressional souls may well be the ultimate argument in favor of term limitations.
- James L. Buckley
(Keywords: Argument, Concern, Difficulty, Limitations, May, Temptations, Welfare)

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)

Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Argument, Irony, Sarcasm)

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
(Keywords: Argument, Queen)

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

When you let someone else win an argument, often you both end up winners.
- Richard Carlson
(Keywords: Argument, End)

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)

A day without an argument is like an egg without salt.
- Angela Carter
(Keywords: Argument, Day)

The best argument for mutual funds is that they offer safety and diversification. But they don't necessarily offer safety and diversification.
- Ron Chernow
(Keywords: Argument, Safety)

You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.
- Noam Chomsky
(Keywords: Argument, Violence)

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill
(Keywords: Argument, Conversation, Democracy)

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)

George W. Bush bought the election - period. End of story. There is no argument. You can try to come up with any argument you can, but there is none.
- Gary Coleman
(Keywords: Argument, End)

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)

Any political agenda and organization which doesn't begin with personal responsibility is just half the argument. It's just not going to succeed.
- Peter Coyote
(Keywords: Argument, Responsibility, Succeed)

It's the duty of a lawyer to represent anyone for whom a responsible argument could be made.
- Lloyd Norton Cutler
(Keywords: Argument, Duty)

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
(Keywords: Argument, Public, Result, Talk)

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

A knock-down argument; 'tis but a word and a blow.
- John Dryden
(Keywords: Argument, Word)

The argument between wives and whores is an old one; each one thinking that whatever she is, at least she is not the other.
- Andrea Dworkin
(Keywords: Argument, Old, Thinking, Wives)

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)

The most powerful argument of all for saving open space is economics; in most states, tourism is the number two industry.
- Jim Fowler
(Keywords: Argument, Economics, Open, Space, states)

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)



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