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The best way I know of to win an argument is to start by being in the right.

Author: Lord Quintin Hogg Hailsham (1907)

Profession: British Statesman

Hear one side and you will be in the dark. Hear both and all will be clear.

Author: Thomas C. Haliburton (1796-1865)

Profession: Canadian Jurist, Author

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.

Author: Sidney J. Harris (1917)

Profession: American Journalist

No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other.

Author: Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987)

Profession: Lithuanian Violinist

But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions.

Author: Homer

Profession: Greek Epic Poet

The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.

Author: Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937)

Profession: American Journalist, Author

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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.

Author: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Profession: Third President of the USA

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

Author: Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

Profession: French Moralist

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

Author: Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

Profession: French Moralist

Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint, and heard great argument about it and about: but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.

Author: Omar Khayyam (1048-1131)

Profession: Persian Astronomer, Poet

You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for ones self-respect to be a punching bag.

Author: Edward Koch (1924)

Profession: American Politician

The argument of the strongest is always the best.

Author: Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695)

Profession: French Poet

When all are wrong, everyone is right.

Author: La Lehaussee


Quarrels would not last so long if the fault lay only on one side.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer