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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.

Author: Lord Acton (1834-1902)

Profession: British Historian

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.

Author: Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

Profession: British Essayist, Poet, Statesman

The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers.

Author: Larry Adler

Profession: American Founder of Fire & All Risk Insurances

Wise men argue cases, fools decide them.

Author: Anacharsis (600 BC)

Profession: Scythian Philosopher

We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.

Author: Antisthenes (388-311 BC)

Profession: Greek Dramatist

Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.

Author: Auson


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. 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.

Author: Roger Bacon (1214-1294)

Profession: British Philosopher, Scientist

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.

Author: Pierre De Beaumarchais (1732-1799)

Profession: French Dramatist

Most of the arguments to which I am party fall somewhat short of being impressive, knowing to the fact that neither I nor my opponent knows what we are talking about

Author: Robert Benchley (1889-1945)

Profession: American Humorist, Critic, Parodist

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

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Profession: French General, Emperor

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.

Author: Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941)

Profession: American Judge

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

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

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

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

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

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author