A Quote by Stephen Butler Leacock on argument, day, death, and life

I detest life-insurance agents; they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so.

Stephen Butler Leacock (1869 - 1944)

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A Quote by Stanislaw Jerszy Lec on argument

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him.

Stanislaw Lec (1909 - 1966)

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A Quote by Sophocles on argument and truth

The truth is always the strongest argument.

Sophocles (496 - 406 BC)

Source: Fragment. 737.

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A Quote by Socrates on argument, body, death, desires, facts, judgment, knowledge, purity, soul, and wisdom

We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Saul Bellow on argument, books, defeat, enemies, and good

There is only one way to defeat the enemy, and that is to write as well as one can. The best argument is an undeniably good book.

Saul Bellow

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on argument and understanding

Sir, I have found you an argument. I am not obliged to find you an understanding.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: J. Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson, 1784.

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A Quote by Robert Owen on argument

Never argue; repeat your assertion.

Robert Owen (1771 - 1858)

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A Quote by Robert Nozick on argument, art, belief, force, and success

The terminology of philosophical art is coercive: arguments are powerful and best when they are knockdown, arguments force you to a conclusion, if you believe the premisses you have to or must believe the conclusion, some arguments do not carry much punch, and so forth. A philosophical argument is an attempt to get someone to believe something, whether he wants to beleive it or not. A successful philosophical argument, a strong argument, forces someone to a belief.

Robert Nozick

Source: Philosophical Explanations, (from the Introduction) Nozick

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A Quote by Robert Nozick on argument, behavior, belief, desires, goals, motivation, niceness, originality, people, philosophy, police, proof, study, thought, trying, and understanding

Philosophical argument, trying to get someone to believe something whether he wants to believe it or not, is not, I have held, a nice way to behave towards someone; also it does not fit the original motivation for studying or entering philosophy. That motivation is puzzlement, curiousity, a desire to understand, not a desire to produce uniformity of belief. Most people do not want to become thought-police. The philosophical goal of explanation rather than proof not only is morally better, it is more in accord with one's philosophical motivation.

Robert Nozick

Source: Philosophical Explanations, (from the Introduction) Nozick

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A Quote by Robert K. Merton on argument, justice, knowledge, learning, practice, science, and truth

We thus begin to see that the institutionalized practice of citations and references in the sphere of learning is not a trivial matter. While many a general reader - that is, the lay reader located outside the domain of science and scholarship - may regard the lowly footnote or the remote endnote or the bibliographic parenthesis as a dispensable nuisance, it can be argued that these are in truth central to the incentive system and an underlying sense of distributive justice that do much to energize the advancement of knowledge.

Robert K. Merton

Source: "The Matthew Effect in Science,II: Cumulative Advantage and the Symbolism of Intellectual Property," Isis, 1988.

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