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Quotations about arguments

Carl SaganThe cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.

 - Carl Sagan

A man who makes assertions, or draws conclusions, regarding any given case, ought to be competent to investigate it. He has no right to throw the onus on others, declaring it their duty to prove him right or wrong. His duty is to demonstrate the truth of that which he asserts, or to cease from asserting.

 - Michael Faraday

Wilbur WrightIf a man is in too big a hurry to give up an error he is liable to give up some truth with it, and in accepting the arguments of the other man he is sure to get some error with it.

 - Wilbur Wright

Michel de MontaigneHe who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that reason is weak.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Michel de MontaigneObstinacy and heat in argument are surest proofs of folly. Is there anything so stubborn, obstinate, disdainful, contemplative, grave, or serious, as an ass?

 - Michel de Montaigne

Marilyn FergusonNo one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be unlocked from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.

 - Marilyn Ferguson

Thomas SowellOne of the painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is how many people are unable to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other people's motives, make bold assertions, repeat slogans -- anything except reason.

 - Thomas Sowell

Thomas SowellOne of the most remarkable -- and popular -- ways of seeming to argue without actually producing any arguments is to say that some individual or group has a 'right' to something that you want them to have.

 - Thomas Sowell


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