Quotes and Sayings about Arguments



"Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love. If I do not love a person I am not moved to help him by proofs that he is in need; if I do love him, I wait for no proof of a special need to urge me to help him."
- Roland Allen
(Related: Love, Arguments, Beliefs, Help, Proof, Zeal)

"When you're on tour you definitely don't want lots of arguments. It's very important that everybody gets on because you're in close proximity a great deal of the time."
- Joan Armatrading
(Related: Time, Arguments, Want)

"So if you're on tour for eight months, a year... or whatever it is you definitely don't want arguments and I'm happy to say that I've always had a really nice bunch of people around me all the time."
- Joan Armatrading
(Related: Time, People, Arguments, Months, Want)

"Our reports about civilian casualties here, about the resistance of the Iraqi forces, are going back to the United States. It helps those who oppose the war when you challenge the policy to develop their arguments."
- Peter Arnett
(Related: War, Policy, Arguments, Challenge, states, United)

"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."
- Roger Bacon
(Related: Argument, Arguments, Fire, Man, Mind)

"The strongest arguments prove nothing so long as the conclusions are not verified by experience. Experimental science is the queen of sciences and the goal of all speculation."
- Roger Bacon
(Related: Science, Experience, Goal, Arguments, Nothing, Queen)

"To read the report of a discussion in which arguments for and against are presented, in which a subject has been covered from different points of view, with new ideas advanced - this is far more instructive than to read a brief account of the resolution passed on the matter."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: Ideas, Arguments, Resolution)

"My wife was too beautiful for words, but not for arguments."
- John Barrymore
(Related: Wife, Arguments, Words)

"Most of the arguments to which I am party fall somewhat short of being impressive, owing to the fact that neither I nor my opponent knows what we are talking about."
- Robert Benchley
(Related: Arguments, Being, Fact, Party, Talking)

"Liberty is a great celestial Goddess, strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never descend upon a nation by the shouting of crowds, nor by arguments of unbridled passion, nor by the hatred of class against class."
- Annie Besant
(Related: Arguments, Class, Crowds, Hatred, Liberty, Nation, Passion)

"When a thing is true, there is no need to use any arguments to substantiate it."
- Vinoba Bhave
(Related: Arguments)

"Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Arguments, Silence)

"Frank was the BOSS and was not open to anything that was not from his head. There were no arguments about music because if you did, he would show you where the door was. Period."
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Related: Music, Boss, Arguments, Open)

"We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper; by the manner, which is the man himself."
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Related: Arguments, Man, Temper)

"We are not won by arguments that we can analyse but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Arguments, Man, Temper)

"Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death."
- Albert Camus
(Related: Death, Men, Arguments, Seriousness, Sincerity)

"There are legitimate, even powerful arguments, to be made against the Bush administration's foreign policy. But those arguments are complicated, hard to explain, and, in the end, not all that sensational."
- Tucker Carlson
(Related: Policy, Arguments, End, Foreign policy)

"A novel should be an experience and convey an emotional truth rather than arguments."
- Joyce Cary
(Related: Experience, Truth, Arguments)

"I guess some people are brilliant enough to be brilliant on their own and never doubt anything and come up with fabulous things. But I think it's good to get into arguments with people and have them say, 'That sucks' or 'You're crazy' or 'That's cheesy"'or 'What do you think of this?'"
- Madonna Ciccone
(Related: People, Arguments, Doubt)

"I'd be perfectly happy never to have to answer anything again about how I work with Ethan, or whether we have arguments, or... you know what I mean? I've been answering those questions for 20 years. I suppose it's interesting to people."
- Joel Coen
(Related: Work, People, Arguments, Questions, Years)

"Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Men, Arguments, Nothing, Wishes)

"Political debate with liberals is basically impossible in America today because liberals are calling names while conservatives are trying to make arguments."
- Ann Coulter
(Related: America, Arguments, Debate, Liberals, Names, Today, Trying)

"When every one of your arguments is characterized an attempt to bring back slavery or resegregate lunch counters, it's a little hard to have any sort of productive debate."
- Ann Coulter
(Related: Arguments, Debate, Slavery)

"Reasoned arguments and suggestions which make allowance for the full difficulties of the state of war that exists may help, and will always be listened to with respect and sympathy."
- Stafford Cripps
(Related: War, Sympathy, Arguments, Difficulties, Help, May, Respect, State, Will)

"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."
- Rodney Dangerfield
(Related: Arguments, Being, Fact, Party, Talking)

"I wish the government and the Minister of Justice would address these legal and constitutional arguments, but they refuse to. They want Canadians to go blindly into their brave new world, but it is not wise for a society to move blindly in any direction."
- Stockwell Day
(Related: Government, Legal, Society, Arguments, Direction, Justice, Want, World)

"Arguments are healthy. They clear the air."
- John Deacon
(Related: Arguments)

"I mean the only thing that is hopefully good about us is after the arguments we can actually still face each other the next day or the day after and talk about something else and sort of get over it."
- John Deacon
(Related: Arguments, Day, Talk)

"Arguments, like children, should be like the subject that begets them."
- Thomas Dekker
(Related: Arguments, Children)

"Any fact is better established by two or three good testimonies than by a thousand arguments."
- Marie Dressler
(Related: Arguments, Fact)

"Men have defined the parameters of every subject. All feminist arguments, however radical in intent or consequence, are with or against assertions or premises implicit in the male system, which is made credible or authentic by the power of men to name."
- Andrea Dworkin
(Related: Men, Power, Arguments, Name, Radical)

"Facts are God's arguments; we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them."
- Tryon Edwards
(Related: God, Arguments, Facts)

"Thirty years ago, many economists argued that inflation was a kind of minor inconvenience and that the cost of reducing inflation was too high a price to pay. No one would make those arguments today."
- Martin Feldstein
(Related: Arguments, Inflation, Today, Years)

"Sometimes the only thing we women want is a dick and no arguments. What could make us happier?"
- Linda Fiorentino
(Related: Women, Arguments, Want)

"I do notice that when I've been away and I come back to London. People look at you. People are ready to pick arguments."
- Colin Firth
(Related: People, Arguments, London)

"I should have known better. Pro-life arguments are now based on scientific evidence and the pro-choice arguments are not. That is a cultural, historical fact."
- Stanley Fish
(Related: Arguments, Fact, Now)

"Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Belief, Arguments, Freedom)

"A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Belief, Arguments, Economy, Freedom, Want)

"With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost."
- William Lloyd Garrison
(Related: Men, Arguments, Reason, Waste, Will)

"There is not a single extant study that supports all the arguments against men being with their children. It's absolute bollocks."
- Bob Geldof
(Related: Men, Arguments, Being, Children, Study)

"In the discovery of secret things and in the investigation of hidden causes, stronger reasons are obtained from sure experiments and demonstrated arguments than from probable conjectures and the opinions of philosophical speculators of the common sort."
- William Gilbert
(Related: Arguments, Causes, Discovery, Investigation, Opinions)

"Don't forget your great guns, which are the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings."
- Frederick The Great
(Related: Arguments, Forget, Rights, Kings)

"I've had a few arguments with people, but I never carry a grudge. You know why? While you're carrying a grudge, they're out dancing."
- Buddy Hackett
(Related: People, Arguments, Dancing)

"Dependency arguments often come from elites - either aid agencies or governments - and say something about attitudes to poor people."
- Paul Harvey
(Related: People, Arguments, Poor)

"I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness. Other things being equal, I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side."
- Katharine Butler Hathaway
(Related: Fear, Decision, Arguments, Being)

"Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about."
- Katharine Hepburn
(Related: Marriage, People, Arguments)

"Once again we have misleading climate change pronouncements being based on data errors, data errors detected by non-UN, non-IPCC, non-peer-reviewed external observers. This is exactly what happens when you base your arguments on 'consensus science' and not scientific fact."
- Doug L. Hoffman
(Related: Change, Science, Arguments, Being, Climate, Climate change, Errors, Fact, Misleading)

"Before impugning an opponent's motives, even when they legitimately may be impugned, answer his arguments."
- Sidney Hook
(Related: Arguments, May, Motives)

"If you can't answer a man's arguments, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names."
- Elbert Hubbard
(Related: Arguments, Man, Names)

"Insolence is not logic; epithets are the arguments of malice."
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Related: Arguments, Logic, Malice)

"All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Arguments, Evil, Poverty)

"It's very hard to make arguments about the effects of cloning on family relations if family relations are in tatters."
- Leon Kass
(Related: Family, Arguments)

"There's nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear."
- Rose Kennedy
(Related: Arguments, Nothing)

"Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought."
- Milan Kundera
(Related: Thought, Arguments, Effort, Nothing)

"Notwithstanding these major arguments the wave theory initially did not meet with complete acceptance."
- Max von Laue
(Related: Acceptance, Arguments, Theory)

"It's finding those nonsensical pieces of conversation that we all do all the time. We do all the time. When we're talking on the telephone, there are arguments with people who agree when they both think that they disagree."
- Barry Levinson
(Related: Time, People, Arguments, Conversation, Talking)

"A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: Arguments, Soldiers)

"I mean, you go to the internet and you can see all these conversations and arguments that our fans have about our music and that's wonderful to know, that people would take the time to be that involved."
- Alex Lifeson
(Related: Music, Time, People, Arguments, Fans, Internet)

"Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing."
- John Locke
(Related: Truth, Dream, Knowledge, Arguments, Nothing)

"A review was published in Nature, very scathing, essentially calling me incompetent, though they didn't use that word. I am putting a reply on my Web site in a few days, where I go through their arguments, paragraph by paragraph."
- Bjorn Lomborg
(Related: Nature, Arguments, Word)

"Even if I was a bad right wing guy, to the extent of whether my arguments are right or wrong, they're right or wrong independently if I'm right or left."
- Bjorn Lomborg
(Related: Arguments, Right, Wrong)

"When a business group tells us there is nothing wrong with the environment, naturally they may have good arguments, but we are also sceptical, because we know that they have an interest in these things."
- Bjorn Lomborg
(Related: Business, Arguments, Environment, Interest, May, Nothing, Wrong)

"Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs."
- Jack Lynch
(Related: Arguments, Grammar, Style)

"By our Heavenly Father and only because of God, only because of God. We're like other couples. We do not get along perfectly; we do not go without arguments and, as I call them, fights, and heartache and pain and hurting each other. But a marriage is three of us."
- Barbara Mandrell
(Related: Marriage, Father, God, Arguments, Pain)

"Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet, respectful tones, but in a foreign language. You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children."
- Judith Martin
(Related: Education, Arguments, Children, Language, Parents, Quiet)

"A true intellectual is a man who, after reading a book and being convinced by its arguments, will shoot someone or, more likely, order someone shot."
- John McCarthy
(Related: Arguments, Being, Man, Order, Reading, Will)

"If a person can be said to have the wrong attitude, there is no need to pay attention to his arguments."
- John McCarthy
(Related: Attitude, Arguments, Attention, Wrong)

"I think it's always dangerous to make political arguments in a religiously ideological way. And it's very dangerous to treat as traitors to the American nation those who think differently."
- Adam Michnik
(Related: American, Arguments, Nation)

"The scientific argument advanced for intelligent design at the Dover trial, those arguments collapsed, scientifically and intellectually."
- Kenneth Miller
(Related: Design, Argument, Arguments)

"The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Power, Arguments, Court, Gender)

"What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?"
- George Orwell
(Related: Arguments, Hearing)

"I don't write about certain arguments I have with my wife. I'd get my head torn off if wrote about certain things."
- Harvey Pekar
(Related: Wife, Arguments)

"Nothing does reason more right, than the coolness of those that offer it: For Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers."
- William Penn
(Related: Truth, Arguments, Coolness, Nothing, Reason, Right)

"Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers."
- William Penn
(Related: Truth, Arguments)

"I believe that President Clinton considered the legal merits of the arguments for the pardon as he understood them, and he rendered his judgment, wise or unwise, on the merits."
- John Podesta
(Related: Legal, Arguments, Judgment, President)

"Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism than do all the arguments of atheists."
- Dennis Prager
(Related: People, Arguments, Atheism, Religious)

"If you are ignorant, you certainly can get into some interesting arguments."
- Herbert Prochnow
(Related: Arguments)

"If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled."
- Ramakrishna
(Related: Faith, Arguments, Desire, Energy, Will)

"Nothing sways the stupid more than arguments they can't understand."
- Cardinal De Retz
(Related: Arguments, Nothing)

"Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do."
- James Robinson
(Related: Arguments)

"The Industry's at war. I think it's about control. You can make all of the financial arguments that the industry has been shooting itself in the foot, but it is an industry built on a foundation of ownership and exploitation of intellectual property rights."
- Don Rose
(Related: War, Control, Financial, Arguments, Exploitation, Rights, Ownership, Property)

"As for the assertion that nuclear weapons prevent wars, how many more wars are needed to refute this arguments? Tens of millions have died in the many wars that have taken place since 1945."
- Joseph Rotblat
(Related: Arguments, Weapons)

"Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong."
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Arguments, Insults, Wrong)

"Arguments of convenience lack integrity and inevitably trip you up."
- Donald Rumsfeld
(Related: Arguments, Integrity)

"A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep."
- Salman Rushdie
(Related: Work, Arguments, Name, Sleep, World)

"Evolution has long been the target of illogical arguments that use presumption."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Arguments, Evolution)

"Be able to defend your arguments in a rational way. Otherwise, all you have is an opinion."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Arguments, Opinion)

"Still, the film nearly didn't happen a number of times. There were great arguments with United Artists about how to reduce the cost because they were nothing if not conscious of the price of the film."
- John Schlesinger
(Related: Arguments, Artists, Film, Nothing, United)

"Do not let arguments of expediency persuade you. That is the slow road to oblivion. That is the tortured path to undoing step by step, bit by bit, as the river creates a canyon, the way of life that we love."
- Charles Schumer
(Related: Life, Love, Arguments, Expediency, Road)

"Lutherans, whose arguments and mistakes will not be difficult to contest or discover, do not want to attribute any value to works, and they do not understand enough the scope of the justification."
- Michael Servetus
(Related: Arguments, Justification, Mistakes, Value, Want, Will)

"The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Arguments, Blind, Want)

"I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Related: Arguments, Infinity, Intellect)

"There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labor. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the insane howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them."
- William Tecumseh Sherman
(Related: Arguments, Labor, Will, Words)

"All the arguments to prove man's superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals."
- Peter Singer
(Related: Superiority, Animals, Arguments, Man, Suffering)

"Well, it's 15 years since Sex, Lies And Videotape, and if you hang around long enough you're having the same arguments with just a new set of people every few years and it gets boring."
- Steven Soderbergh
(Related: Sex, People, Arguments, Lies, Years)

"There have been no sects in the Christian world, however absurd, which have not endeavoured to support their opinions by arguments drawn from Scripture."
- Laurence Sterne
(Related: Christian, Arguments, Opinions, Scripture, Support, World)

"I used to think that my mother got into arguments with people because they didn't understand her English, because she was Chinese."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Mother, People, Arguments, English)

"Arguments only confirm people in their own opinions."
- Booth Tarkington
(Related: People, Arguments, Opinions)

"They forbade me from flying, despite all my protests and arguments. After being once in space, I was desperately keen to go back there. But it didn't happen."
- Valentina Tereshkova
(Related: Arguments, Being, Flying, Space)

"Arguments about Scripture achieve nothing but a stomachache and a headache."
- Tertullian
(Related: Arguments, Nothing, Scripture)

"A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about."
- Miguel de Unamuno
(Related: Arguments, Fool, Talking)

"Let us face it: in the world today, money and economic strength remain more powerful arguments than the number of people you represent."
- Guy Verhofstadt
(Related: Money, People, Strength, Arguments, Today, World)

"Man is most happy, when his own actions are arguments and examples of his virtue."
- John Webster
(Related: Virtue, Actions, Arguments, Man)

"Various are the pleas and arguments which men of corrupt minds frequently urge against yielding obedience to the just and holy commands of God."
- George Whitefield
(Related: Men, God, Arguments, Obedience, Pleas)

"Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Society, Arguments, Opinion)

"Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Arguments)

"It is an excellent rule to be observed in all disputes, that men should give soft words and hard arguments; that they should not so much strive to vex as to convince each other."
- John Wilkins
(Related: Men, Arguments, Words)

"There would always be a vote. There were always conflicts and arguments for years and years - that's why we're not together anymore. But there was always a vote. It was always two out of three."
- David Zucker
(Related: Arguments, Vote, Years)