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I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle this matter by lunch time.

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist.


One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

Never contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy, or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of argument.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.

When good people have a falling out, only one of them may be at fault at first; but if the strife continues long, usually both become guilty.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.

There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Irish writer, poet, and physician.