quotes tagged with 'debate'

“Insults are the last resort of an argument lost.”

Author: Anonymous, Source: unknownSaved by sludgepickle in argument debate insults retort 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Liberals believe government should take people's earnings to give to poor people.  Conservatives disagree.  They think government should confiscate people's earnings and give them to farmers and insolvent banks. The compelling issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it is legitimate for government to confiscate one's property to give to another, the debate is over the disposition of the pillage.

Author: Walter Williams, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in government debate liberals conservatives theft banks walterwilliams 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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

Author: Hubert Humphrey, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in freedom dissent discussion debate huberthumphrey 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]
YOUR MIND IS THE ONLY THING YOU CONTROL EXCLUSIVELY. DON’T GIVE IT AWAY TOO FREELY THROUGH USELESS ARGUMENTS.

You may spend your time and your energy-both physical and mental-in pursuits that yield the greatest return on your investment, or you may fritter it away on activities that will never bear fruit. Since your mind is entirely your own domain, you may choose to use it to constructive ends, or you can waste mind power-and time-on useless arguments that go nowhere. There is a vast difference between a spirited intellectual debate and a petty argument. When you discuss concepts, your own knowledge is expanded through the interaction with another thinking person. When you allow yourself to be dragged into arguments about insignificant things, the result will be a dulling of both the mind and the spirit.
Author: Napoleon Hill, Source: Thought for the Day - April 10, 2008Saved by bluesfreak in power mind debate argue 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.
Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: Works, Vol 12, p. 257, Fed. Ed.Saved by cboyack in constitution government america foundingfathers debate 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.

Author: Samuel Adams, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in war election revolution change majority discussion activism minority debate campaign 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend.
Author: Mao Zedong, Source: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/226950.htmlSaved by richardkmiller in thought ideas debate 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
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. 26Saved by cboyack in faith belief reason argument conviction defend debate prove rationality 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
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, 1838Saved by cboyack in truth lie opposition argument discussion conversion error debate antimormon 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.
Author: Joseph Joubert, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in truth ignorance opinion debate 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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