Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.
—Shannon L. Alder
Is it me you’re describing, or yourself?
Most people are not prepared to have their minds changed,” he said. “And I think they know in their hearts that other people are just the same, and one of the reasons people become angry...
Maybe I’m strange and perverse, but I’ve always thought there was something sexy about a compelling argument.
Do not throw me out. Please.
I don’t even pretend to believe I know everything; I just believe in arguments God told me I had a pretty good chance of winning, while I was traveling through hell.
I’m past competing in pissing contests. My jet stream is now more of a trickle. The only contest I’d win is the number of trips to the bathroom it takes to purge a 32oz soda.
There is nothing wrong with being wrong.
Our enemies are quite good for relentlessly keeping us sharp and on our toes. This especially goes for sincere philosophers. They use their enemies to challenge their arguments so that they can know the weak...
The silence is the worst part of any fight, because it’s made up of all the things we wish we could say, if only we had the guts.
Small quarrels and tensions were expected because of our new environment. Every relationship has them. Each quarrel was soon forgotten and floated away on a wave. And then sometimes, on our silly days, the arguments...
I worked on Mauna Kea for over five years and saw my health severely degrade during that time. Thetwo long term summit workers that I knew well died of disease conditions, another worker went on...
Being snappy is a symptom of an argument we forgot to have some way back.
—Alain de Botton
LADY BRACKNELLThis noise is extremely unpleasant. It sounds as if he was having an argument. I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.
It is never ridicule, but a compliment, that knocks a philosopher off his feet. He is already positioned for every possible counter-attack, counter-argument, and retort…only to find a big bear hug coming his way.
When you feel like throwing rocks, make sure they’re ones no one can throw back.
You can measure the happiness of a marriage by the number of scars that each partner carries on their tongues, earned from years of biting back angry words.
Good editorial writing has less to do with winning an argument, since the other side is mostly not listening, than with telling the guys on your side how they ought to sound when they’re arguing.
An intelligent man will use a book to settle an argument. Preferably a hardback with a thick spine, flat across the bridge of the nose.
As much as I cared about him, I wasn’t a slave to fate. I could choose to ignore my feelings, strong as they were. It would be painful, but no more so than letting myself...
Swearing doesn’t make your argument valid; it just tells the other person you have lost your class and control.
Hate. The word is thrown around as uselessly and as often as love is, and is used as a means in which to accuse and inflict damage; the weak-in-argument (weak in general) use it to...
Avoid the temptation of being drawn into silly debate. Don’t fall into trap set by those with hidden agendas. You have nothing to prove.
In the heat of an argument I sometimes resort to thumb-sucking. It’s hard to have a serious fight when someone’s sucking their thumb.
I suppose that means you don’t want any band-aids, either,” I said, a touch more bitterly than I’d meant to.
Irene gasped. “Have you taken leave of your senses, Stuart?” she hissed. “Have you?”Stuart closed his eyes.”No,” he said. “Au contraire.” It was strong language for the Edinburgh New Town, but he had to say...
—Alexander McCall Smith
N’aie pas peur de mes paroles: une morte ne veut plus rien, elle ne veut ni amour, ni pitié, ni réconfort.
The apologist is most entrusted with apologetics when capable of arguing his opponent’s position better than his opponent.
The problem with people that ignore people they dislike is they can’t ignore them. Anger carries a person in your mind forever, whether you choose to speak to them or not. Therefore, don’t mistake prosperity...
Complaining solves nothing but creative problem solving amongst people with a common focus will produce solutions.
If you don’t want to be in an argument with someone, it is probably best to try to solve the problem, rather than lying around hoping the other person will do it for you.
If you can’t win by reason, go for volume.
Logic, it is often said, is the study of valid arguments. It is a systematic attempt to distinguish valid arguments from invalid arguments.
Display politeness and frankness always both in action and conversation. Don’t keep engaging in useless arguments. It scares your dreams away. Talk sensibly.
You are going to do some really stupid and mean things in the name of love. Don’t be so hard on yourself when things don’t turn out. You are a good person that loved deeply....
n order to capture someone’s attention, you must allow them to have the mental and emotional space to let you in.
We as Christians are called to battle. The problem is, we don’t fight about the right things and we do fight about the wrong things. We aren’t getting in the battle that we should and...
Words are what you fight with but what you fight about is whether or not you’re afraid of them.
I’m sorry you don’t like coming back here,” her mother often said, to cap whatever petty dust-up they’d had. How could Emily explain: it wasn’t her mother or Kersey she’d disowned, but her earlier self,...
I want my time to be taken up by chores, errands, appointments, and arguments. In other words, I want to get married.
Never give a person a piece of your mind when all you really wanted to do was give them a piece of your heart.
The key to holding a logical argument or debate is to allow oneself to understand the other person’s argument no matter how divergent their views may seem.
It’s amazing–my parents call everything a discussion. If I were standing across the street, firing a bazooka at my mother, while my father was launching mortar back at me, and Jeffery was charging down the...
In life, toughness and roughness go together.
It really hurts when I see two good friends arenot talking to each other from long ago. Life isjust for once. There are so many arguments youcan win with but you are gonna lose the...
Blame the economy, blame bad luck, blame my parents, blame your parents, blame the Internet, blame people who use the Internet.
There are so many battles worth fighting for. The ones not worth fighting are the insecure battles that rage in another person’s mind.
No matter the terrible fighting and shooting in the desert, the riffle fires can never dry the oasis.
This is what we do. Not so much argue as joust, in jest. We can’t stop pushing and pulling the taffy of words and concepts.
Very often the test of one’s allegiance to a cause or to a people is precisely the willingness to stay the course when things are boring, to run the risk of repeating an old argument...
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