Quotes about Argument

It would be argument for a week, laughter for a month, and a good jest for ever.

William Shakespeare

And sheathed their swords for lack of argument.

William Shakespeare

Rightly to be great
Is not to stir without great argument,
But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
When honour's at the stake.

William Shakespeare

So on the tip of his subduing tongue
All kinds of arguments and questions deep,
All replication prompt, and reason strong,
For his advantage still did wake and sleep.
To make the weeper laugh, the laugher weep,
He had the dialect and different skill,
Catching all passion in his craft of will.

William Shakespeare

He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.

William Shakespeare

Quoth she, I 've heard old cunning stagers
Say fools for arguments use wagers.

Samuel Butler

What in me is dark
Illumine, what is low raise and support,
That to the height of this great argument
I may assert eternal Providence,
And justify the ways of God to men.

John Milton

Attic tragedies of stateliest and most regal argument.

John Milton

A knock-down argument: 't is but a word and a blow.

John Dryden

I have found you an argument; I am not obliged to find you an understanding.

Samuel Johnson

His conduct still right, with his argument wrong.

Oliver Goldsmith

I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellect too.

Oliver Goldsmith

Necessity is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

William Pitt

Nor knowest thou what argument
Thy life to thy neighbor's creed has lent.
All are needed by each one;
Nothing is fair or good alone.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A sophisticated rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself.

Benjamin, Earl of Beaconsfield Disraeli

With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.

William Lloyd Garrison

Inclination snatches arguments
To make indulgence seem judicious choice.

George (Marian Evans Cross) Eliot

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

I have no mockings or arguments; I witness and wait.

Walt Whitman

My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

Thomas Hardy

The truth is always the strongest argument.


Even a nod from a person who is esteemed is of more force than a thousand arguments or studied sentences from others.


Pythias once, scoffing at Demosthenes, said that his arguments smelt of the lamp.


The diversity of physical arguments and opinions embraces all sorts of methods.

Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne

Circle is circle, proves nothing, makes nothing, swallows up process and end in no argument, brings new picture of old time.

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