Debating Quotes

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Criss Jami
“If you have to say or do something controversial, aim so that people will hate that they love it and not love that they hate it.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Anne Osterlund
“Look, Aerin, preparation is only half the challenge of winning a debate.”
“And the other half?”
He had her now. “You have to choose the right side.”
“Your side, you mean.” She bristled.
“No, the losing side.”
“What?”
“Always choose the weaker side.”
“Why would I do that?” Doubt edged her voice, but now she was sitting erect, her feet flat on the floor.
“Because then you have further to go to prove your case.” He eased the feet of his chair down. “In a debate, there are two sides. If both make a good argument, then the less popular side wins because that side had further to go to prove its point. Simple logistics.”
“If you don’t care which side wins.” She frowned.
“It’s a debate. It doesn’t matter which side wins.”
“You mean it doesn’t matter to you.” The tone in her voice unsettled him. Or maybe it was the fact that that her criticism disturbed him at all.
“It’s a class,” he said. “The point is to flesh out the different sides of an argument.”
“And you don’t care if the truth gets lost in the shuffle. Don’t you believe in anything?!”
Anne Osterlund, Academy 7

Criss Jami
“Psychobabble attempts to redefine the entire English language just to make a correct statement incorrect. Psychology is the study of why someone would try to do this.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“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.”
Auliq Ice

“After a lifetime of engaging in long, passionate discussions I have come to the conclusion that it is a waste of time trying to convince anyone of anything.”
Michael Foley, Embracing the Ordinary: Lessons From the Champions of Everyday Life

G.K. Chesterton
“I strongly object to wrong arguments on the right side. I think I object to them more than to the wrong arguments on the wrong side.”
G.K. Chesterton, The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton Volume 32: The Illustrated London News, 1920-1922

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Being on the side of the majority is often a sign that you are wrong, or the most unlikely to be right.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Criss Jami
“These days when Christians bicker they exaggerate passion into a legalistic belief and prosperity into a lukewarm belief.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“With wisdom comes the rare ability to tell whether or not trying to change someone’s mind would be a waste of time.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

G.K. Chesterton
“I never discuss anything else except politics and religion. There is nothing else to discuss.”
G.K. Chesterton

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“A truth whispered is not less truthful. And an untruth shouted is not less untruthful.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We sometimes agree with a statement until we get to the name of the person to whom it is attributed.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Pearl Zhu
“Healthy debating enforces critical thinking principles - looking at things from the different angles, with increased perspective and less prejudgment.”
Pearl Zhu, Digital It: 100 Q&as

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Our agreement or disagreement is at times based on a misunderstanding.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Almost no one gets into an argument hoping to be proven wrong if they are wrong.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Thinking that someone is wrong is a very common way of being wrong.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Sometimes silence is a sign, not of not knowing what to say, but of knowing when to say what you know.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

William F. Buckley Jr.
“A second marked characteristic of the Liberal in debate with the conservative is the tacit premise that debateis ridiculous....Many people shrink from arguments over facts because facts are tedious, because they require a formal familiarity with the subject under discussion, and because they can be ideologically dislocative. Many Liberals accept their opinions, ideas, and evaluations as others accept revealed truths.”
William F. Buckley Jr., Up from Liberalism

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“It’s not about some principled debate as to whether I should focus on what I have, or on what I don’t have. Rather, it’s about being thankful that I have the privilege to enjoy the former, and the opportunity to contemplate the latter.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Pearl Zhu
“A bridge-like CIO has the mind to think via the multidimensional lens, the gut to innovate fearlessly; the strategy to lead wisely and the skill to move progressively.”
Pearl Zhu, Digital It: 100 Q&as

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Are there so many words in the English language that we must somehow exhaust every single one of them in some blithering defense of some cherished opinion? Or, would it be far, far more prudent to simply shut up and live out that opinion in ways that the English language has no words describe?”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“It is often in our best interest not to understand, to misunderstand, or to pretend not to understand.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“You cannot really convince a man who has always been blind that he does not see.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Like pretty much every debate, an argument is an explosion caused by the collision of egos.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Amit Kalantri
“Debating is an ability of making a point without abusing an opponent.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Unfortunately, fools think that shouting makes their arguments convincing, or more convincing.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Michael Bassey Johnson
“If someone can’t see from your perspective, don’t bend their neck.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

G.K. Chesterton
“I have heard that in some debating clubs there is a rule that the members may discuss anything except religion and politics. I cannot imagine what they do discuss; but it is quite evident that they have ruled out the only two subjects which are either important or amusing. The thing is a part of a certain modern tendency to avoid things because they lead to warmth; whereas, obvious]y, we ought, even in a social sense, to seek those things specially. The warmth of the discussion is as much a part of hospitality as the warmth of the fire.”
G.K. Chesterton

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“There is no correlation between the degree to which you are confident that you are right and the chances of you not being wrong.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We often mistake assuming or hoping for knowing.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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