Author: Lemony Snicket, Source: Horseradish
Arguing with somebody is never pleasant, but sometimes it is useful and necessary to do so
Author: Anonymous, Source: unknown
“Insults are the last resort of an argument lost.”
To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.Author: ~Thomas Paine, Source: http://www.objectivistliving.com/forums/lofiversion/index.php/...
The bolder you are, I would argue, the more you have to explain yourself on an interpersonal basis. The stronger, the more distinct, the more visionary your arguments, the more you have to reveal yourself as an individual to make people comfortable with the process by which you've come up with these ideas.Author: Thomas Barnett, Source: http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail788.html
Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.Author: Dilbert (Scott Adams), Source: unknown
Though argument does not create conviction, lack of it destroys belief. What seems to be proved may not be embraced; but what no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish.Author: Austin Farrer, Source: "Grete Clerk," in Light on C. S. Lewis, p. 26
Why do the Elders of the Church hold their peace, instead of contradicting the various falsehoods, which are published concerning them and their principles? The answer is, it would require a standing army of writers and printers in constant employ; for no sooner are our enemies detected in one falsehood, than a thousand more are put in circulation by them: and there are many who love a lie so much more than the truth,that we are quite willing they should enjoy their strong delusion.Author: Parley P. Pratt, Source: Mormonism Unveiled, 1838
“Don’t legislate morality.” I suppose persons who mouth that familiar slogan think they are saying something profound. In fact, if that is an argument at all, it is so superficial that an educated person should be ashamed to use it. As should be evident to every thinking person, a high proportion of all legislation has a moral base. That is true of all of the criminal law, most of the laws regulating family relations, businesses, and commercial transactions, many of the laws governing property, and a host of others.Author: Dallin H. Oaks, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1987.h...
When attacked by error, truth is better served by silence than by a bad argument.Author: Dallin H. Oaks, Source: http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1989.h...
Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow and the force of it depends on the strength of the arm from which it was shot. Argument is like a bullet fired from a gun and has equal force even when issued from a child.Author: Samuel Johnson, Source: Unknown