The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
Hear one side and you will be in the dark. Hear both and all will be clear.
My father always used to say, "Don't raise your voice. Improve your argument."
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance.
Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.
You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for one's self-respect to be a punching bag.
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.
Insolence is not logic; epithets are the arguments of malice.
People's minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
An Argument needs no reason; Nor any friendship.
At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.
The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
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.
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
In a heated argument we are apt to lose sight of the truth.
The best argument is that which seems merely an explanation.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.
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