Controversy Quotes

No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy. - Lyman Beecher


The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenge. - Martin Luther King, Jr.


In excessive altercation, truth is lost. [La., Nimium altercando veritas amittitur] - Publius [Publilius Syrus]


The well-meaning contention that all ideas have equal merit seems to me little different from the disastrous contention that no ideas have any merit. - Carl Sagan


I am entirely persuaded that the American public is more reasonable, restrained and mature than most of the broadcast industry's planners believe. Their fear of controversy is not warranted by the evidence. - Edward R. Murrow


In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. - Buddha [Siddhartha Gautama]


'Tis a hydra's head contention; the more they strive the more they may: and as Praxiteles did by his glass, when he saw a scurvy face in it, brake it in pieces; but for that one he saw many more as bad in a moment. - Robert Burton


Change is scientific, progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy. - Bertrand Russell


You know, this is - one can imagine how life would be different if one body of Congress was controlled by the other party, there would be subpoena power and there would be all - mechanisms to get to the bottom of all sorts of issues of controversy.-Michael Isikoff


Impartial - unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy.-Ambrose Bierce


In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.-Buddha


In light of the recent controversy surrounding foreign management of U.S. Ports, a thorough review of foreign management of U.S. airports needs to occur.-Jon Porter


It can't hurt, publicity is publicity, controversy and all that, it's all good.-Keith David


It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy - but he who has shown the better temper.-Samuel Butler


It is the role of good journalism to take on powerful abusers, and when powerful abusers are taken on, there's always a bad reaction. So we see that controversy, and we believe that is a good thing to engage in.-Julian Assange


Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It caused quite a controversy, because his nose isn't eligible for another fifteen years.-Conan O'Brien


No great advance has been made in science, politics, or religion without controversy.-Lyman Beecher


No sane person should believe that something is subjective merely because it cannot be settled beyond controversy.-Hilary Putnam


Slavery is not the only question which comes up in this controversy. There is a far more important one to you, and that is, what shall be done with the free negro?-Stephen Douglas


Sometimes its controversy, but we all have our choices that we make.-Solomon Burke


That was after Napoleon died because there is still a controversy as to whether Napoleon was poisoned with arsenic. And the French say the British did it and the British say the French did it, but he died before the test for arsenic was available.-Michael Baden


The abortion controversy is important for what it says about our stance toward procreation and children altogether.-Leon Kass


The long and distressing controversy over capital punishment is very unfair to anyone meditating murder.-Geoffrey Fisher


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.-Martin Luther King, Jr.


There is no controversy within science over the core proposition of evolutionary theory.-Kenneth Miller


There was endless controversy as to whether the acts of the New Deal did actually move recovery or retard it, and nothing final could ever come of that bitter debate because it is forever impossible to prove what might have happened in place of what did.-Garet Garrett


There was no real controversy with All In The Family. That came from the people on the business end.-Norman Lear


Thus, the controversy about the Moral Majority arises not only from its views, but from its name - which, in the minds of many, seems to imply that only one set of public policies is moral and only one majority can possibly be right.-Edward Kennedy


When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.-William Hazlitt

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