|Much might be said on both sides.|
AddisonSpectator. No. 122.
| Where we desire to be informed tis good to contest with men above ourselves; but to confirm and establish our opinions, tis best to argue with judgments below our own, that the frequent spoils and victories over their reasons may settle in ourselves an esteem and confirmed opinion of our own.|
Sir Thos. BrowneReligio Medici. Pt. I. VI.
|And there began a lang digression|
About the lords o the creation.
BurnsThe Twa Dogs.
|Hed undertake to prove, by force|
Of argument, a mans no horse.
Hed prove a buzzard is no fowl,
And that a Lord may be an owl,
A calf an Alderman, a goose a Justice,
And rooks, Committee-men or Trustees.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 71.
|Whatever Sceptic could inquire for,|
For every why he had a wherefore.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 131.
|Ive heard old cunning stagers|
Say, fools for arguments use wagers.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto I. L. 297.
|Twas blow for blow, disputing inch by inch,|
For one would not retreat, nor tother flinch.
ByronDon Juan. Canto VIII. St. 77.
|When Bishop Berkeley said, there was no matter,|
And proved ittwas no matter what he said.
ByronDon Juan. Canto XI. St. 1.
| I am bound to furnish my antagonists with arguments, but not with comprehension.|
| The noble Lord (Stanley) was the Prince Rupert to the Parliamentary armyhis valour did not always serve his own cause.|
Benj. DisraeliSpeech, in the House of Commons, April, 1844.
| A knock-down argument; tis but a word and a blow.|
DrydenAmphitryon. Act I. Sc. 1.
| How agree the kettle and the earthen pot together?|
Ecclesiasticus. XIII. 2.
|The daughter of debate|
That still discord doth sow.
Queen Elizabeth, of Mary Queen of Scots. Sonnet in Percys Reliques, Vol. I. Bk. V. No. XV. From Puttenhams Arte of English Poesie. London, 1589.
|Reproachful speech from either side|
The want of argument supplied;
They rail, reviled; as often ends
The contests of disputing friends.
GayFables. Ravens. Sextan and Earth Worm. Pt. II. L. 117.
| I always admired Mrs. Grotes saying that politics and theology were the only two really great subjects.|
GladstoneLetter to Lord Rosebery. Sept. 16, 1880. See Morleys Life of Gladstone. Bk. VIII. Ch. I.
|His conduct still right with his argument wrong.|
GoldsmithRetaliation. L. 46.
|In arguing, too, the parson ownd his skill,|
For even though vanquished he could argue still.
GoldsmithThe Deserted Village. L. 211.
| I find you want me to furnish you with argument and intellects too. No, sir, these, I protest you, are too hard for me.|
GoldsmithVicar of Wakefield. Ch. VII.
|Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes|
Error a fault, and truth discourtesy.
HerbertTemple. Church Porch. St. 52.
| I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.|
Samuel JohnsonBoswells Life of Johnson. (1784).
|Nay, if he take you in hand, sir, with an argument,|
Hell bray you in a mortar.
Ben JonsonThe Alchemist. Act II. Sc. 1.
|Seria risu risum, seriis discutere.|
In arguing one should meet serious pleading with humor, and humor with serious pleading.
Gorgias Leontinus. Endorsed by Aristotle in his Rhetoric. Bk. III. Ch. XVIII.
| There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.|
LowellDemocracy and Other Addresses. Democracy.
|The brilliant chief, irregularly great,|
Frank, haughty, rashthe Rupert of debate.
Bulwer-LyttonThe New Timon. Pt. I. (1846).
|In argument with men a woman ever|
Goes by the worse, whatever be her cause.
MiltonSamson Agonistes. L. 903.
|Myself when young did eagerly frequent|
Doctor and Saint, and heard great argument
About it and about: but evermore
Came out by the same door wherein I went.
Omar KhayyamRubaiyat. FitzGeralds Trans. St. 27.
Agreeing to differ.
OvidMetamorphoses. I. 433.
| Demosthenes, when taunted by Pytheas that all his arguments smelled of the lamp, replied, Yes, but your lamp and mine, my friend, do not witness the same labours.|
PlutarchLife of Demosthenes. See also his Life of Timoleon.
|Like doctors thus, when much dispute has past,|
We find our tenets just the same at last.
PopeMoral Essays. Epis. III. L. 15.
| In some places he draws the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument.|
Dr. Porson, of Gibbons Decline and Fall, quoted in the Letters to Travis.
| In argument|
Similes are like songs in love:
They must describe; they nothing prove.
PriorAlma. Canto III.
|One single positive weighs more,|
You know, than negatives a score.
PriorEpistle to Fleetwood Shepherd.
|Soon their crude notions with each other fought;|
The adverse sect denied what this had taught;
And he at length the amplest triumph gaind,
Who contradicted what the last maintaind.
PriorSolomon. Bk. I. L. 717.
| The first the Retort Courteous; the second the Quip Modest; the third the Reply Churlish; the fourth the Reproof Valiant; the fifth the Countercheck Quarrelsome; the sixth the Lie with Circumstance; the seventh the Lie Direct.|
As You Like It. Act V. Sc. 4. L. 96.
| And sheathd their swords for lack of argument.|
Henry V. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 21.
| There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.|
Henry V. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 3.
|For they are yet but ear-kissing arguments.|
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 9.
| She hath prosperous art|
When she will play with reason and discourse,
And well she can persuade.
Measure for Measure. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 189.
|Agreed to differ.|
SoutheyLife of Wesley.
| Ah, dont say that you agree with me. When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.|
Oscar WildeThe Critic as an Artist. Pt. II. Also in Lady Windermeres Fan. Act II. Founded on a saying of Phocion.