In the Freudian age, parents say to their children, 'Don't be defensive,' meaning, 'You have no argument,' but I was born in the age of Rommel, when defense was considered an honorable thing.
No matter what side of an argument you're on, you always find some people on your side that wish you were on the other side.
For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.
The Heaneys were aristocrats, in the sense that they took for granted a code of behavior that was given and unspoken. Argumentation, persuasion, speech itself, for God's sake, just seemed otiose and superfluous to them.
My life is my argument.
I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness. Other things being equal, I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side.
I'll say it again: you've got to put the argument back in the game. They're trying to make baseball mechanized, a machine. They're ruining baseball.
Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
People's minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
Convincing yourself doesn't win an argument.
The best way I know of to win an argument is to start by being in the right.
While it is useful to rebut charges and get your arguments out in circulation, you have to understand that arguments and evidence have little impact on people as long as their feelings tilt them against you.
I used to buy into a former Supreme Court justice's argument that you can't scream fire in a crowded theater. Well, I think you can.
Whenever you can manoeuvre your characters into a situation where they both have a good argument to make, you're on the right track.
The argument of the strongest is always the best.
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