Quotes of Debate

“ Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance. ”

- Robert Quillen

“ The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. ”

- Bertrand Russell

“ Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes. ”

- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

- Richard Bach

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

- Joseph Joubert

“ Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. ”

- Michael Crichton

“ Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine. ”

- Amos Bronson Alcott

“ Debate is the death of conversation. ”

- Emil Ludwig

“ Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate. ”

- Hubert H. Humphrey

“ Honest differences of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy making among free men. ”

- Herbert Clark Hoover

“ Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product. ”

- Christopher Lasch

“ The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information. ”

- Christopher Lasch

“ What we have to do… is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities. ”

- Hillary Clinton

“ I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job. ”

- Margaret Thatcher

“ It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking. ”

- Epictetus

“ I am bound to furnish my antagonists with arguments, but not with comprehension. ”

- Benjamin Disraeli

“ In arguing, too, the parson own'd his skill, For even though vanquished he could argue still. ”

- Oliver Goldsmith

“ I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ I argue that the Talmud is about the constant struggle to understand. ”

- Arthur Hertzberg

“ I am a shocker. I like to create controversy. It's my trademark. ”

- Brenda Fassie

“ All argument will vanish before one touch of nature. ”

- George Colman

“ I never discuss discussions. ”

- Dag Hammarskjold

“ Never go to bed angry... always stay up and argue. ”

- Unknown

“ Never argue; repeat your assertion. ”

- robert owen

“ When you argue against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on. ”

- C.S. Lewis

“ Well, I'll be available to debate you before the Republican state convention Saturday. You name the time, and I'll be there. ”

- Tom McClintock

“ John Kerry could debate himself for ninty minutes. ”

- George W. Bush

“ There's been adequate time for people to debate. ”

- Harry Reid

“ We adopt this strategy now because there's an urgency to this debate. Over time, the space of free expression has shrunk. ”

- Lawrence Lessig

“ I heard Dennis Kucinich say in a debate, 'When I'm president... and I just wanted to stop him and say, 'Dude.'. ”

- Jon Stewart
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