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ARGUMENT
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Nay, if he take you in hand, sir, with an argument,
  He'll bray you in a mortar.
      - Ben Jonson, The Alchemist (act II, sc. 1)

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

We may convince others by our arguments; but we can only persuade them by their own.
      - Joseph Joubert

An academical education, sir, bids me tell you, that it is necessary to establish the truth of your first proposition before you presume to draw inferences from it.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Gratuitous violence in argument betrays a conscious weakness of the cause, and is usually a signal of despair.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Myself when young did eagerly frequent
  Doctor and Saint, and heard great argument
    About it and about: but evermore
      Came out by the same door wherein I went.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat

Argument is not always truth.
      - Louis Kossuth

Argument should be politic as well logical.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

No argument can be drawn from the abuse of a thing against its use.
      - Latin Quotations

No deeply rooted tendency was ever extirpated by adverse judgment. Not having originally been founded on argument, it cannot be destroyed by logic.
      - George Henry Lewes

No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
      - Abraham Lincoln

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Democracy and Other Addresses, Democracy

In our family, we don't have rifts. We have a jolly good row and then it's all over. And I've only twice ever had a row with my sister.
      - Princess Margaret

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

In argument with men a woman ever
  Goes by the worse, whatever be her course.
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 903)

The purely agitational attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.
      - Jawaharlal Nehru

Agreeing to differ.
  [Lat., Discors concordia.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (I, 433)

When we would show any one that he is mistaken, our best course is to observe on what side he considers the subject,--for his view of if is generally right on this side,--and admit to him that he is right so far. He will be satisfied with this acknowledgment, that he was not wrong in his judgment, but only inadvertent in not looking at the whole case.
      - Blaise Pascal

Who over-refines his argument brings himself to grief.
      - Francesco Petrarch

Demosthenes, when taunted by Pytheas that all his arguments "smelled of the lamp," replied, "Yes, but your lamp and mine, my friend, do not witness the same labours."
      - Plutarch, Life of Demostenes

Nothing is more certain than much of the force; as well as grace, of arguments or instructions depends their conciseness.
      - Alexander Pope

Like doctors thus, when much dispute has past,
  We find our tenets just the same at last.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (epis. III, l. 15)

In some places he draws the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.
      - Dr. Richard Porson,
        of Gibbon's Decline and Fall, quoted in the Letters to Travis

Examples I could cite you more;
  But be contented with these four;
    For when one's proofs are aptly chosen
      Four are as valid as four dozen.
      - Matthew Prior

In argument
  Similes are like songs in love:
    They must describe; they nothing prove.
      - Matthew Prior, Alma (canto III)


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