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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #44 --- Arguing

Updated on March 17, 2011

Quotations on Arguing

Never argue with an ignorant man, for then facts do not count.

Never argue with an angry man, for nobody wins.

Never argue with a fool, for it makes both disputants look foolish.

Never argue with any man who knows he cannot be wrong.

Never argue with a woman who has never admitted any mistakes.

Never argue with a man who knows it all to begin with.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 28, 1932.

In argument, unlike aviation, a great many men are not finally landed until they go up in the air.

—John Kendrick Bangs, Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, Philadelphia, Pa., October 1911.

Argument, as a game, has but two weaknesses–you can't win, and if you do it doesn't get you anywhere.

—Grantland Rice, New York Tribune, New York, N.Y., Jan. 21, 1917.

Argument is what we resort to when we have nothing to say and still insist on saying it.

—Nephi Jensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 14, 1928.

In an argument, silence is the better part of valor.

—Nephi Jensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 21, 1935.

The strongest words are usually used in weak arguments.

—Lewis T. Nordyke, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, June 19, 1951.

The only thing we get out of arguments is the seeds for more trouble.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 9, 1930.

There are many ways of starting an argument, but only one way of reaching an agreement.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 27, 1933.

Nobody starts an argument for the information he expects to get out of it.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., Nov. 13, 1940.

When you argue with a fool, be sure he isn’t similarly engaged.

—John Mooney, Salt Lake Telegram, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 16, 1947.

One sign of ignorance in a man is a constant itch to argue.

—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American-Press, Lake Charles, La., Dec. 7, 1928.

Those short on intelligence are great at arguing.

—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American-Press, Lake Charles, La., Oct. 6, 1930.

In most instances, all an argument proves is that two people are present.

—Lee R. Call, Star Valley Independent, Afton, Wyo., Aug. 21, 1969.

You can’t defeat ignorance in an argument. Don’t try it.

—Nat Campbell, El Paso Times, El Paso, Texas, Jan. 20, 1958.

While it may be true that there are two sides to every argument, it is equally true that there is no end to some of them.

—Wesley S. Izzard, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Oct. 30, 1952.

Arguing with a fool is only augmenting folly.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Dec. 29, 1907.

Silence will end almost any quarrel.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., March 1, 1908.

One thing worse than being on the wrong side of an argument is to be in the middle.

—Purser Hewitt, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., June 28, 1970.

There is always room for argument wherever there is a space large enough to butt in.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 7, 1910.

Don't get into heated arguments–that's only hot air anyway.

Indiana Farmer's Guide, Huntington, Ind., March 19,1921.

The longer a man's argument the more proof that he has not convinced himself.

Louisville Herald, Louisville, Ky., April 20, 1905.

A man who argues is often afraid that he is wrong, else he would not.

Maury Democrat, Columbia, Tenn., Nov. 29, 1944.

The weaker the average man's argument, the louder he talks.

Pocatello Tribune, Pocatello, Idaho, Sept. 7, 1934.

When you waste time in argument with a fool you make a fool out of yourself.

River Press, Fort Benton, Mont., Dec. 12, 1934.

In an argument, the best weapon to hold is your tongue.

San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, Calif., May 1, 1967.


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