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