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Affect not little shifts and subterfuges to avoid the force of an argument.
      - Isaac Watts

He that is not open to conviction is not qualified for discussion.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Weak arguments are often thrust before my path; but although they are most unsubstantial, it is not easy to destroy them. There is not a more difficult feat known than to cut through a cushion with a sword.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Argument's are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Ah, don't say that you agree with me. When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        The Critic as an Artist

It is an excellent rule to be observed in all disputes, that men should give soft words and hard arguments; that they should not so much strive to vex as to convince each other.
      - Bishop John Wilkins

Bluster, sputter, question, cavil; but be sure your argument be intricate enough to confound the court.
      - William Wycherley

"Do not debate!" is one of my inventions.
      - Deng Xiaoping


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