Argument Quotes

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.-Joseph Joubert

I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time. - Napoleon

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause. - Victor Hugo

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry. - Thomas Jefferson

There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion. - Lord Acton.

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable. - Joseph Addison

We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper; by the manner, which is the man himself. -Samuel Butler

Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him. -Samuel Butler

A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things. -Thomas Carlyle

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue. -Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff. -Marcus Tulius Cicero

It is the briefest yet wisest maxim which tells us to ''meddle not''. -Charles Caleb Colton

Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes. -Charles Caleb Colton

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. -Benjamin Franklin

He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face. -Benjamin Franklin

I had a lovers quarrel with the world. -Robert Frost

Soft words are hard arguments. -Thomas Fuller

Never contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy, or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of argument. -Thomas Fuller

When good people have a falling out, only one of them may be at fault at first; but if the strife continues long, usually both become guilty. -Thomas Fuller

There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it. -Oliver Goldsmith

It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate. -Joseph Joubert

The argument of the strongest is always the best. -Jean de La Fontaine

Quarrels would not last so long if the fault lay only on one side. -François de La Rochefoucauld

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat. -James Russell Lowell

The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion, but rather to know it. -André Maurois

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak. -Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed. -Friedrich Nietzsche

When much dispute has past, we find our tenets just the same as last. -Alexander Pope

True disputants are like true sportsman: their whole delight is in the pursuit. -Alexander Pope

Two dogs strive for a bone and the third one runs off with it. –Proverb

Soft words win hard hearts. –Proverb

Use soft words and hard arguments. -English proverb

It takes two to quarrel, but only one to end it. -Spanish proverb

In a false quarrel there is no true valor. -William Shakespeare

I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort Courteous; the second, the Quip Modest; the third, the Reply Churlish; the fourth, the Reproof Valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with Circumstance; the seventh, the Lie Direct. -William Shakespeare

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. -William Shakespeare

Concerning God, freewill and destiny: Of all that earth has been or yet may be, all that vain men imagine or believe, or hope can paint or suffering may achieve, we descanted. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading. -Jonathan Swift

A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about. –Unknown

A sure way of getting the last word in an argument is to say you right. -Unknown

An argument is like a country road, you never know where it is going to lead. –Unknown

If you argue with a woman and win, you lose. -Unknown

People who know the least always argue the most. -Unknown

There are usually two sides to every argument but no end. -Unknown

There is no point in arguing about matters of taste. -Unknown

When two quarrel, both are in the wrong. -Unknown

Weakness on both sides is, the motto of all quarrels. -Voltaire

Men argue, nature acts. -Voltaire

A long dispute means that both parties are wrong -Voltaire

How beggarly appear arguments before a defiant deed! -Walt Whitman

I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing. -Oscar Wilde