Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.
It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.
Author: May Sarton (1912)
Profession: American Poet, Novelist
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.
In a false quarrel there is no true valor.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
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.
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Profession: British Poet
Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.
Author: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
Profession: Anglo-Irish Satirist
When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid -- in which case all comment is superfluous -- or it is something formidable, the very crux of the problem.
Author: Miguel De Unamuno (1864-1936)
Profession: Spanish Philosophical Writer
There are usually two sides to every argument but no end.
When two quarrel, both are in the wrong.
There is no point in arguing about matters of taste.
A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about.
If you argue with a woman and win, you lose.
A sure way of getting the last word in an argument is to say you right.
An argument is like a country road, you never know where it is going to lead.