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Argument

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Stepfather Cops

I was having an argument with my stepfather, and he was like, 'Why don't you join the Marine Corps?' And I was like, 'Noooo! Well, maybe, actually... ' I went and saw the recruiter, who was like, 'Are you on the run from the cops? Because we've never had someone want to leave so fast.'

- Adam Driver

Game Atmosphere

The more important argument against grade curves is that they create an atmosphere that's toxic by pitting students against one another. At best, it creates a hypercompetitive culture, and at worst, it sends students the message that the world is a zero-sum game: Your success means my failure.

- Adam Grant

Bad Reason

The Canteen Boy, the reason you feel bad for him and you can laugh is because he, and I guess a lot of my characters, they don't notice they're getting made fun of. So they'll say something back that's not that great a quip, but in their mind they won the argument.

- Adam Sandler

Behind Will

The divorce in my family was really amicable. There were no fireworks. It was all sort of behind the scenes, if you will. None of us kids ever saw any argument.

- Adam Scott

I Think Maintain

I think Chinese leadership is trying to tell the world they have another set of logic or reasoning or values which are different from yours. Of course, I don't think they believe that. It's just an argument that's made when you can't confront the truth and facts. They really want to maintain power.

- Ai Weiwei

Conservative Like

To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus.

- Al Franken

Passionately

I passionately believe that's it's not just what you say that counts, it's also how you say it - that the success of your argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it.

- Alain de Botton

Art Therapy

The essential argument in the book, 'Art as Therapy,' is that art enjoys such financial and cultural prestige that it's easy to forget the confusion that persists about what it's really for.

- Alain de Botton

Conservative Very

If you're going to make the argument that Fox is conservative, you can't make it very easily unless you diminish my role.

- Alan Colmes

Life My Life

My life is my argument.

- Albert Schweitzer

Conservative

Conservatives have long argued, correctly, that 'fine-tuning' the economy is a chimera, but that argument seems to have disappeared from the conservative handbook.

- Alex Tabarrok

Fiction Literary

'War and Peace' holds a strange place in literary history, participating in the crowning of realism as a substantial and serious literary mode in America, even as the novel also contributed to the argument that historical fiction could be by nature dangerous, illegitimate, and inaccurate.

- Alexander Chee

Bad Other

It's seldom that you find great moments in television. Usually you remember - in 'Breaking Bad' or any of these other great shows - you remember situations or characters. Not moments. But I have to say, I can make the same argument for mainstream movies, which have bad narratives and also no memorable moments.

- Alfonso Cuaron

Always Read

A good argument, like a good dialogue, is always a proof of life, but I'd much rather go and read a book.

- Ali Smith

Serenity Which

Curiosity endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.

- Alistair Cooke

Treat Your

Don't treat your heart like an action figure wrapped in plastic and never used. And don't try to give me that nerd argument that your heart is a 'Batman' with a limited-edition silver bat-erang and therefore if it stays in its original packing it increases in value.

- Amy Poehler

Emotional Like

I'm quite an emotional person. I cry a lot. I do not like conflict, so if I have an argument with my parents, I'll often cry. I become too emotional.

- Ana Ivanovic

Defend Rather

The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion but rather to know it.

- Andre Maurois

Charity Stop

My argument is that charity does indeed start at home, but it doesn't stop there.

- Andrew Mitchell

Art Surely

A living museum must surely see itself as a locus of argument. A breathing art institution is not a lockup but a moveable feast.

- Andrew O'Hagan

Private Everybody

There's a good argument to be made that companies that are private, where they're run by partnerships, where everybody has true stake in them and they're not playing with other people's money, that by default it's a safer system, because you really have skin in the game. You really own the company.

- Andrew Ross Sorkin

Been Became

No one suggested Lehman deserved to be saved. But the argument has been made that the crisis might have been less severe if it had been saved, because Lehman's failure created remarkable uncertainty in the market as investors became confused about the role of the government and whether it was picking winners and losers.

- Andrew Ross Sorkin

Through Some

I actually bought the argument that if we democratized Iraq, we could create a space for venting some of the stuff that's going on in the Middle East in these autocratic regimes that is expressing itself through jihadism, because it has nowhere else to express itself.

- Andrew Sullivan

Egg Salt

A day without an argument is like an egg without salt.

- Angela Carter

Against Prove

No matter what argument you make against evolution, the response is, 'Well, you know, it's possible to believe in evolution and believe in God.' Yes, and it's possible to believe in Spiderman and believe in God, but that doesn't prove Spiderman is true.

- Ann Coulter

Year Been

I didn't write about my mother much in the third year after she died. I was still trying to get my argument straight: When her friends or our relatives wondered why I was still so hard on her, I could really lay out the case for what it had been like to be raised by someone who had loathed herself, her husband, even her own name.

- Anne Lamott

Amount Smallest

You have an impeccable argument if you said that Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo are food capitals. They have a maximum amount of great stuff to eat in the smallest areas.

- Anthony Bourdain

Monarchy Old

I don't accept at all the quite popular argument that the press is responsible for the monarchy's recent troubles. The monarchy's responsible for the monarchy's recent troubles. To blame the press is the old thing of blaming the messenger for the message.

- Anthony Holden

Other Some

So many times I've heard people say that the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples won't really change anything other than some legal and financial stuff. It's a dumb argument: those legal and financial effects matter.

- Alice Dreger

Against Use

The safety argument against steroids may be a good one, but let's be honest. It isn't the one that motivates most officials and fans to frown on steroids. Steroid use does not just seem risky or unnatural, it seems to disrupt the level playing field.

- Alice Dreger

Love Other

Every argument is incapable of helping unless it is singular and addressed to a single person. Therefore, one who discourses in any other way presumably does so from love of reputation.

- Apollonius of Tyana

Gods Surely

Shrines! Shrines! Surely you don't believe in the gods. What's your argument? Where's your proof?

- Aristophanes

Chain Deal

The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning.

- Aristotle

Been Given

As a writer, I have to go to a different place now. As a person... I want to step off whatever this stage is that I have been given. The argument has been made, the battle remains to be fought - and that requires a different set of skills.

- Arundhati Roy

Average Some

There is some argument about who actually invented text messaging, but I think it's safe to say it was a man. Multiple studies have shown that the average man uses about half as many words per day as women, thus text messaging. It eliminates hellos and goodbyes and cuts right to the chase.

- Ashton Kutcher

Some Auto

Back when Detroit was the head of auto manufacturing, it was clear where profits were created. Right? A car was made in Detroit. There was little argument that you could make that some of the money from that should be sent overseas to Ireland.

- Charles Duhigg

Anger Last

Ridicule is the first and last argument of a fool.

- Charles Simmons

Not Fair Other

On the other hand, it is not fair to say that changes in federal policy have caused our tuition to rise faster. Every economic argument imaginable would indicate that we should raise tuition at a faster rate than we do.

- Charles Vest

Carried Means

Silence is argument carried out by other means.

- Che Guevara

World Getting

The argument for getting our own house in order is not an argument for turning our back on the world. We cannot and should not do that.

- Chris Christie

Songwriting Some

There's this existential argument that comes in, at some point, when you're over-thinking the songwriting process. There's no guarantee that the more time you spend or the more you concentrate on certain aspects that that's going to produce a better result, especially in the arts.

- Chris Cornell

American Haircuts

A successful argument for a government manufacturing policy has to go beyond the feeling that it's better to produce 'real things' than services. American consumers value health care and haircuts as much as washing machines and hair dryers.

- Christina Romer

Bad Atmosphere

I don't feel that an atmosphere of debate and total disagreement and argument is such a bad thing. It makes for a vital and alive field.

- Clifford Geertz

Always Through

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.

- Colin Powell

Mob Socialists

The argument of socialists, that people really want to share, beyond a reasonable level of charity, is rubbish, though it is espoused by a lot of rich, pious hypocrites who want to share only enough to avoid widespread starvation, mob violence, and government seizure of more of their incomes.

- Conrad Black

Over Dropped

I dropped out of high school when I was 16, after I had a huge argument with my English teacher over the meaning of the word 'existentialism.'

- Craig Ferguson

Deny Hoping

Sometimes we deny being worthy of praise, hoping to generate an argument we would be pleased to lose.

- Cullen Hightower

Prove Starving

You can't argue that you have to have art, and prove it to anybody. Why should I give $1,000 to art when there are people starving? Of course, that's true. But just because you can't, theoretically, defend the arts, or make a sensible argument for their preservation, doesn't mean they're not important.

- Dakin Matthews

Only Get

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.

- Dale Carnegie

Cares Fists

In Don Mills in the Sixties, nothing comes close to the humiliation of losing an argument. In our weird little creative circle, no one cares who has faster fists, but to lose an argument suggests inferior intelligence.

- Dan Hill

College Rigor

The point of college is more to acquire skills than to acquire domain knowledge. One of the skills that is going to be most necessary: you have to be able to read with rigor and write with clarity. You have to be able to communicate. To make an argument, whether it's in a written piece or in front of a group of people.

- Dan Pink

Song Some

I often have an argument with people. I say name me a classic song that's not sad in some kind of way. And even if you can, you'll have to search pretty far.

- Danger Mouse

Anger Keep

Keep cool; anger is not an argument.

- Daniel Webster

Sometimes Very

It's all very boring to say that we get along great and all that and sometimes we mock up come aggravation to make it interesting but the truth of it is that we get along so well we've never had an argument.

- Dave Edmunds

Amazing Never

This band has never had an argument. It's just amazing.

- Dave Edmunds

Denial Atmosphere

I would be absolutely astounded if population growth and industrialisation and all the stuff we are pumping into the atmosphere hadn't changed the climatic balance. Of course it has. There is no valid argument for denial.

- David Attenborough

Allow Been

The argument has been made in Congress that it is slippery slope if you allow therapeutic, what people people are calling therapeutic cloning, then you will get reproductive cloning.

- David Baltimore

Through Fact

One could drive a prairie schooner through any part of his argument and never scrape against a fact.

- David F. Houston

Him Accuse

The difference between men and women seems to be this: I can argue with my promoter downstairs, accuse him of ripping me off, and 20 minutes later we'll be playing golf together. With a lady, the same argument can go on for, like, years.

- David Hasselhoff

Had Debated

Lincoln had no such person that he could talk with. Often, as a result, he debated with himself, and he would draw up a kind of list of the pros and cons of an argument, and carefully figure them out, and he might test them in public.

- David Herbert Donald

Truth Amongst

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.

- David Hume

Past In The Past

First of all, you can make the argument that there's no such thing as the past. Nobody lived in the past.

- David McCullough

Problem Solution

Be part of the solution and answer to the problem versus part of the problem and continuing argument around it.

- David Pratt

Rest Accountable

Newspapers and their editors have to become as accountable as the rest of us - they are not 'a special case,' and they have only themselves to blame for having lost the argument for 'exceptionalism' - and with it the right to 'self-regulation.'

- David Puttnam

Living Atmosphere

Our spirits are corroded by living in an atmosphere of unrelenting contention - an argument culture.

- Deborah Tannen

Digital Been

I've been trying to make this argument that digital comics and print comics are both art, but there are subtle differences.

- Jim Lee

Year Could

I didn't do too well until my second year, when I realized that there were no right or wrong answers and that my professors were interested only in how well I could develop an argument.

- Joe Jamail

Other Joe

There are 435 members of Congress. There's one 'Morning Joe' show. Hopefully, we can keep hammering the argument that you can disagree with other people and have debates but remain civil.

- Joe Scarborough

Test Theoretical

The test is can you do something, rather than have a theoretical argument - can you make a difference?

- Johann Lamont

Trust Feels

I guess it feels to me that the political argument that has been lost in my lifetime is taxation. How do you engage in that debate when people don't trust politicians at all? It is almost impossible to start a conversation about taxation.

- Johann Lamont

Assumes Set

As set forth by theologians, the idea of 'God' is an argument that assumes its own conclusions, and proves nothing.

- Johann Most

Always Wanting

If this phrase of the 'balance of power' is to be always an argument for war, the pretext for war will never be wanting, and peace can never be secure.

- John Bright

Evidence Very

My wife is a Christian and is extraordinary patient, logical, and philosophical. For years, I would challenge and condemn her beliefs, battering the structure of her conclusions with every argument, analogy, and evidence I could bring to bear. I am a very argumentative man, and I am as fell and subtle as a serpent in debate.

- John C. Wright

Pope Brought

Pope Francis emphatically does not buy the argument that poverty can be alleviated by the 'trickle down' effects of wealth creation. He is deaf to arguments that the global economy has brought a billion people out of poverty. He is convinced, in short, that the best and only way to expel poverty is fairer distribution of the world's goods.

- John Cornwell

Kind Constructed

It's almost impossible that an argument would naturally form the kind of arch that it does in 'Lifespan'. So, the conversation is constructed.

- John D'Agata

Word Blow

A knock-down argument; 'tis but a word and a blow.

- John Dryden

I Think Where

I think instead writers and publishers and readers need to go to the places where people are, and make the argument that there is great value to the quiet, contemplative process of reading a novel, that reading great books carefully offers pleasures and consolations that no iPad app ever can.

- John Green

Date Britain

They believed that Britain was in Ireland defending their own interests, therefore the Irish had the right to use violence to put them out. My argument was that that type of thinking was out of date.

- John Hume

Think Mistake

I think the biggest mistake I made was this wretched ability to see both sides of an argument.

- John Major

Lucky Some

To this day, the only argument against Obama that critics can seem to come up with involves admitting he's better than them - though they certainly season it with some racism. You know, he's that lucky black man who actually appeals to the populace. He's that elitist who got himself off food stamps and into Harvard.

- John Ridley

Art Types

There is a definite argument to be made that videogames are becoming an art form put together by artists of different types.

- John Romero

Always Been

My argument has always been that this is not an anti-Bush film, it's a pro-democracy film. And if Bush comes out on the wrong side of democracy, that's his problem.

- John Sayles

Which Cases

There are clear cases in which 'understanding' literally applies and clear cases in which it does not apply; and these two sorts of cases are all I need for this argument.

- John Searle

Love TV

The media love coarse debate because coarse debate drives ratings and ratings generate profits. Unless the TV producer happens to be William Shakespeare, an argument is more interesting than a soliloquy - and there will never be a shortage of people willing to argue on TV.

- John Sununu

Very Convincing

There was a very convincing argument made that the extremists have won and the aggression is now supported by the majority, therefore fighting until surrender was the only alternative.

- Joichi Ito

I Think Our

I don't necessarily want kids. A lot of our friends are having children and I don't know if it's for me. I haven't come down hardcore on either side of the argument. I think when people come from a stable family having children becomes a celebration and I'm not sure it would be that way for me.

- Jon Hamm

Accountant Very

You can make a very good argument that society would be much worse off if you let 10 rapists and murderers free rather than put one poor, wrongly accused accountant in prison. And so my only point on that is that it should open up an argument. It should not sort of settle one, because nobody disagrees with it.

- Jonah Goldberg

Kind Like

I'd like to do policy and I'd like to do philosophy, I'd like to be able to get into the depth, into the meat of the argument - that's the kind of stuff I want to do.

- Jonathan Krohn

Submit Farther

I now add, farther, that the apostle's argument is so far from proving it to be the duty of people to obey, and submit to, such rulers as act in contradiction to the public good, and so to the design of their office, that it proves the direct contrary.

- Jonathan Mayhew

Victory Aim

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

- Joseph Joubert

Some Other

We are told that the possession of nuclear weapons - in some cases even the testing of these weapons - is essential for national security. But this argument can be made by other countries as well.

- Joseph Rotblat

Like Some

I don't accept the argument of people like David Horowitz that the government should impose some sort of predetermined political balance on academic research.

- Juan Cole

Some Jews

The argument that all Jews have a heartfelt investment in the state of Israel is untrue. Some have a heartfelt investment in corned beef sandwiches.

- Judith Butler

Measure

To be considered presidential timber, there has to be a measure in the way you present your argument.

- Judy Sheindlin

Issue Overview

A film seeking to create change on a difficult issue should not try to provide a definitive historical overview, nor present an op-ed style argument.

- Julia Bacha

Funding Needs

When people are feeling insecure about their jobs and there are cuts to be made, it's hard to put up an argument that the film industry needs funding.

- Julian Fellowes

Side Wrong Side

Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.

- Baltasar Gracian

More Whom

This is the heart of my argument: We can put more pressure on the antagonist for whom we show human concern.

- Barbara Deming

Intended Another

Good argument is intended to persuade another.

- Barry Eisler

Think Based

What I look for in any book is an argument, based on evidence, that changes the way I think about something important.

- Barry Schwartz