Argument Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old argument quotes, argument sayings, and argument proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


That's the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you're never wrong.     

Christopher Buckley

A mature society understands that at the heart of democracy is argument.     

Salman Rushdie

Anger is never without an argument, but seldom with a good one.     

Indira Gandhi

Be calm in arguing for fierceness makes error a fault and truth discourtesy.     

George Herbert

Exhausting someone in argument is not the same as convincing him     

Tim Kreider

Arguing is the olympics of talking.     

Stewart Stafford

Sometimes, silence is the best way to win an argument.     

Jorge P. Guerrero

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge, argument an exchange of ignorance.     

Robert Quillen

Arguments of convenience lack integrity and inevitably trip you up.     

Donald Rumsfeld

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.     

Edward Gibbon

Arguments are often like melodramas, they have a predictable beginning, middle, and end.     

Gay Hendricks

The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.     

G. K. Chesterton

There's no winning arguments with your parents.     

Wendelin Van Draanen

I think the biggest mistake I made was this wretched ability to see both sides of an argument.     

John Major

It's amazing how far the arguments can go.     

Patrick Doyle

Argument need not be heated; it can be punctuated with courteous smiles,or sympathetic tears.     

J. Sidlow Baxter

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.     

Sydney J. Harris

The best way to win an argument is to begin by being right.     

Jill Ruckelshaus

There can be no progress without head-on confrontation.     

Christopher Hitchens

It's hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it'd damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.     

Bill Murray

You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.     

Noam Chomsky

When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

I'd rather lose an argument than get into a long discussion in order to win it.     

Rafael Nadal

To be clever in argument is not rationality but rationalization.     

Eliezer Yudkowsky

Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.     

Oscar Wilde

Winning an argument is losing it as it makes the loser feel bad.     

Deepak Chopra

Argument is between two sides or individuals, never say silly to your friend because he/she never argue on oneself.     

Wilson M. Mukama

If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.     

Darryl F. Zanuck

Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.     

Louis D. Brandeis

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

Joseph Joubert

I'd rather lose an argument to you, than lose you to an argument.     

Anonymous

Arguments have no chance against petrified training; they wear it as little as the waves wear a cliff.     

Mark Twain

Arguments, like men, are often pretenders.     

Plato

You can not control the thought, but you can control the tongue.     

Amit Kalantri

If you go in for argument, take care of your temper. Your logic, if you have any, will take care of itself.     

Joseph Farrell

Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.     

Oscar Wilde

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

Thomas C. Haliburton

That awkward moment when you're in a middle of an argument & you realize you're wrong.     

Anonymous

No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman.     

Wilkie Collins

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.     

Michel de Montaigne

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours.     

Richard Bach

Never argue when you're winning.     

Laurell K. Hamilton

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.     

Dale Carnegie

Beware of long arguments and long beards.     

George Santayana

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence, he is just using his memory.     

Leonardo da Vinci

The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion but rather to know it.     

Andre Maurois

Arguments cannot be answered by personal abuse; there is no logic in slander, and falsehood, in the long run, defeats itself.     

Robert G. Ingersoll

Women get the last word in every argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.     

Anonymous

Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not to create it.     

Edward de Bono

The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics.     

Emmeline Pankhurst

Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.     

Wilkie Collins

No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman.     

Wilkie Collins

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.     

John Milton

Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.     

William Blake

You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.     

Ben Goldacre

I don't pretend to know everything; I just only speak on matters I know I'll win.     

Criss Jami

It's not about whether or not someone is a bigot, but whether or not the argument which that someone is arguing is worth being a bigot about.     

Criss Jami

It is never ridicule, but a compliment that knocks a philosopher off his feet. He is already positioned for every possible counter-attack, counter-argument, and retort... only to find a big bear hug coming his way.     

Criss Jami

Don't argue. Never deign to deny. Meet insults with laughter.     

Leigh Bardugo

The less you say, the more weight your words will carry.     

Leigh Bardugo

Arguments cannot be answered by personal abuse; there is no logic in slander, and falsehood, in the long run, defeats itself.     

Robert Green Ingersoll

There can be no progress without head-on confrontation.     

Christopher Hitchens

There is hardly a better way to avoid discussion than by releasing an argument from the control of the present and by saying that only the future will reveal its merits.     

Hannah Arendt

A valid argument form is any set of truth-functional statements such that every argument with that form is a valid argument.     

William Hughes

If an argument has a valid argument form, then if its premises are true, its conclusion must also be true.     

William Hughes

Critical thinkers choose beliefs based on good arguments.     

George W. Rainbolt

As you watch an argumentative tennis match, you need to keep track of where the ball is.     

George W. Rainbolt

When you claim that someone is making a bad argument, you're either constructing an argument to show that someone else's argument fails the true premises test or constructing an argument to show that the other person's argument fails the proper from test.     

George W. Rainbolt

Good critical thinkers compose their own arguments, subject them to critical analysis, and use what they;ve learned from this critical analysis to compose new and better arguments.     

George W. Rainbolt

Argumentative people have one thing in common: they are always ready to dispute an indisputable fact.     

Evan Esar

The most common argument against marriage is the one between husband wife.     

Evan Esar

When you win an argument with your wife, the argument is not over.     

Evan Esar

An argument always leaves each party convinced that the other has a closed mind.     

Evan Esar

The less sound a man's argument, the louder he talks.     

Evan Esar

Conflict is a great way to learn more about other people.     

Liggy Webb

Whether it is an argument with a significant other or a boardroom full of colleagues, facing conflict is a great way to learn more about others.     

Liggy Webb

If you pay attention, you will learn not only about their particular points of view, but also about the way they choose to argue.     

Liggy Webb

If you pay close attention, you can pick up a lot of information about others when you actively engage in conflict.     

Liggy Webb

Another surprising benefit of conflict is that you can learn a great deal about yourself when you are participating in conflict.     

Liggy Webb

The precise definition of 'conflict' is: a direct disagreement of ideas or interests, a battle or struggle, antagonism or opposition.     

Roy C. Lilley

You can't deal with the differences in a clinical way without taking into account the emotions involved.     

Roy C. Lilley

Be clear, conflict will not be effectively resolved if there is no facility for emotional release in conflict resolution.     

Roy C. Lilley

Collaborating is ideal but the hardest to achieve.     

Roy C. Lilley

There are times when the other person may or may not know that his/her behaviour is causing a problem for you and talking to him or her can clear up what turns out to be a simple misunderstanding.     

Roy C. Lilley

Unfortunately, conflict invades Christian relationships just as it does every other human relationship.      

Ken Sande

Conflict happens among us in many ways.     

Ken Sande

There might be low-level conflict, behavior like gossip, slander, backbiting, criticism, undermining, etc.     

Ken Sande

Working toward peaceful solutions to conflict isn't our natural human response.     

Ken Sande

Some people see conflict as a hazard that threatens to sweep them off their feet and leave them bruised and hurting.     

Ken Sande

Collaboration involves people working together for resolutions that maximize the gains for all parties in the conflict.     

Myra Warren Isenhart

Lower levels of conflict, when parties are more collaborative, may require only discussion, facilitation, or mediation.     

Myra Warren Isenhart

Higher levels of conflict, when collaboration is low and competition is high, may require collaborative hybrids such as mediation/arbitration or voluntary arbitration.     

Myra Warren Isenhart

The fact conflict exists is a definite reason to develop skills to address issues that arise between individuals with differing opinions, ideologies, personalities, and attitudes.     

Jarmel Bell MSE

When approaching any disagreement, increased understanding is required.     

Jarmel Bell MSE

The discussion needed to resolve conflict expands people's awareness of the situation.     

Jarmel Bell MSE

If conflict is no handled effectively, the results can be damaging.     

Jarmel Bell MSE

In resolving conflict, look for motives, sometimes different people will see the same situation in a different light.     

Jarmel Bell MSE

Trouble will always find you, but it's how you respond that will dictate how long you stay in it.     

Darlene Bennett

It is better to be humble and happy than to be arrogant and lonely.     

Darlene Bennett

Being a peacemaker is true humility.     

Darlene Bennett