A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
There is nothing wrong with intellectual differences flowing from freedom of thought as long as such differences remain confined to intellectual debates.
In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.
Freedom means the right of people to assemble, organize, and debate openly.
In debate, one randomly was assigned to one side or the other. This had at least one virtue - it made one see that there was more than one side to these complex issues.
It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy - but he who has shown the better temper.
There's always merit to having a debate.
Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.
Convinced as I am and as I am from my government that the world needs a new moral architecture over all I believe that this should be the first topic to debate in our world of today, ethics, moral.
During last night's debate, John Kerry and John Edwards were so friendly to each other some political experts think that they may end up running together. In fact Kerry and Edwards were so friendly, President Bush accused them of planning a gay marriage.
One of the most surreal moments in this election was after the third debate, when I heard a talking head say, Al Gore won on substance, on the issues. But you have to give the victory to Bush because he seems presidential.
But, also, before I even go on the Medicare prescription drug debate, I always tell the folks in rural Illinois, and I represent 30 counties south of Springfield down to Indiana and Kentucky, that in this bill is the best rural package for hospitals ever passed.
I emphasize teachers because they are largely left out of the debate. None of the bombastic reports that come from Washington and think tanks telling us what needs to be 'fixed' - I hate such a mechanistic word, as if our schools were automobile engines - ever asks the opinions of teachers.
I wish I could give you a lot of advice, based on my experience of winning political debates. But I don't have that experience. My only experience is at losing them.
The connections I draw between human nature and political systems in my new book, for example, were prefigured in the debates during the Enlightenment and during the framing of the American Constitution.
The world organization debates disarmament in one room and, in the next room, moves the knights and pawns that make national arms imperative.
A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.
The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.
Science cannot resolve moral conflicts, but it can help to more accurately frame the debates about those conflicts.
This is not the age of pamphleteers. It is the age of the engineers. The spark-gap is mightier than the pen. Democracy will not be salvaged by men who talk fluently, debate forcefully and quote aptly.
The Sophists' paradoxical talk pieces and their public debates were entertainment in 5th century Greece. And in that world, Socrates was an entertainer.
Historians don't really like to carry on speculative debates, but you could certainly argue that the likelihood of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe was extremely, extremely low.
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