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ARGUMENT
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A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint will convince his antagonist much sooner than one who draws them from reason and philosophy.
      - Joseph Addison

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.
      - Joseph Addison

Much might be said on both sides.
      - Joseph Addison,
        in the "Spectator", no. 122

The first race of mankind used to dispute, as our ordinary people do now-a-days, in a kind of wild logic, uncultivated by rule of art.
      - Joseph Addison

Many can argue; not many converse.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Wise men argue causes; fools decide them.
      - Anacharsis

Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow, the force of it depends on the strength of the hand that draws it. Argument is like an arrow from a cross-bow, which has equal force though drawn by a child.
      - Francis Bacon, Life of Johnson
         (vol. 4, p. 80)

How agree the kettle and the earthen pot together?
      - Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
         (ch. XIII, v. 2)

Where we desire to be informed 'tis good to contest with men above ourselves; but to confirm and establish our opinions, 'tis best to argue with judgments below our own, that the frequent spoils and victories over their reasons may settle in ourselves an esteem and confirmed opinion of our own.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
         (pt. I, VI)

The brilliant chief, irregularly great,
  Frank, haughty, rash--the Rupert of debate.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        The New Timon (pt. I)

And there begins a lang digression
  About the lords o' the creation.
      - Robert Burns, The Twa Dogs

Whatever Sceptic could inquire for,
  For every why he had a wherefore.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto I, l. 131)

He'd undertake to prove, by force
  Of argument, a man's no horse.
    He'd prove a buzzard is no fowl,
      And that a Lord may be an owl,
        A calf an Alderman, a goose a Justice,
          And rooks, Committee-men or Trustees.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto I, l. 71)

I've heard old cunning stagers
  Say, fools for arguments use wagers.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto I, l. 297)

'Twas blow for blow, disputing inch by inch,
  For one would not retreat, nor t'other flinch.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto VIII, st. 77)

When Bishop Berkeley said "there was no matter."
  And proved it--'t was no matter what he said.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XI, st. 1),
        an allusion to a dissertation by Berkeley on Mind and Matter found in note by Hawkesworth

Passionate expression and vehement assertion are no arguments, unless it be of the weakness of the cause that is defended by them, or of the man that defends it.
      - William Chillingworth

Neither irony nor sarcasm is argument.
      - Rufus Choate

As the scale of the balance must give way to the weight that presses it down, so the mind must of necessity yield to demonstration.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Silence is less injurious than a weak reply.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The soundest argument will produce no more conviction in an empty head than the most superficial declamation, as a feather and a guinea fall with equal velocity in a vacuum.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Arguments, like children, should be like the subject that begets them.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker)

I am bound to furnish my antagonists with arguments, but not with comprehension.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Never argue. In society nothing must be; give only results. If any person differs from you, bow, and turn the conversation.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The noble Lord (Stanley) was the Prince Rupert to the Parliamentary army--his valour did not always serve his own cause.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        in a speech in the House of Commons


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