Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.
—Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) Irish Satirist
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. An evil soul, producing holy witness, is like a villain with a smiling cheek; a goodly apple rotten at the heart.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
Weakness on both sides is the motto of all quarrels.
—Voltaire (1694–1778) French Philosopher, Author
Argument, again, is the death of conversation, if carried on in a spirit of hostility.
—William Hazlitt (1778–1830) English Essayist
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
—Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) French Essayist
Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.
—Ausonius (c.309–392 CE) Latin Poet, Rhetorician
Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
—Victor Hugo (1802–85) French Novelist
It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.
—May Sarton (1912–95) American Children’s Books Writer, Poet, Novelist
There’s nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view I hold dear.
—Daniel C. Dennett (b.1942) American Philosopher, Atheist, Author
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
—Matthew Prior (1664–1721) English Poet, Diplomat
Hear one side and you will be in the dark; hear both sides, and all will be clear.
—Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796–1865) Canadian Author, Humorist, Businessperson, Judge
People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
—G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) English Journalist, Novelist, Essayist, Poet
Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint, and heard great argument about it and about: but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.
—Omar Khayyam (1048–1123) Persian Mathematician
Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.
—Sa’Di (Musharrif Od-Din Muslih Od-Din) (1184–1283) Persian Poet
The purely agitation attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.
—Jawaharlal Nehru (1889–1964) Indian Head of State
It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.
—Pierre Beaumarchais (1732–99) French Inventor, Diplomat, Musician, Fugitive, Revolutionary