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Try to find someone with a sense of humor. That's an important thing to have because when you get into an argument, one of the best ways to diffuse it is to be funny. You don't want to hide away from a point, because some points are serious, but you'd rather have a discussion that was a discussion, rather than an argument.
Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance.
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will.
Civility is not not saying negative or harsh things. It is not the absence of critical analysis. It is the manner in which we are sharing this territorial freedom of political discussion. If our discourse is yelled and screamed and interrupted and patronized, that's uncivil.
We shall suffer no attachment to literature, no taste for abstract discussion, no love of purely intellectual theories, to seduce us from our devotion to the cause of the oppressed, the down trodden, the insulted and injured masses of our fellow men.
Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.
Honore de Balzac
I like a quiet evening with family or friends over, great food and great discussion and a lot of laughter. That's really what I think fills my tank.
There can be no settlement of a great cause without discussion, and people will not discuss a cause until their attention is drawn to it.
William Jennings Bryan
Now that virtually every career is an option for ambitious girls, it can no longer be considered regressive or reactionary to reintroduce discussion of marriage and motherhood to primary education. We certainly do not want to return to the simplistic duality of home economics classes for girls and wood shop for boys.
If we had had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes.
Life is apogee, apex, decline; life is death - and everything else is open to discussion.
We are losing sight of civility in government and politics. Debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the politics of destruction and anger and control. Dogma has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of differing views.
Here's what I don't think works: An economic system that was founded in the 16th century and another that was founded in the 19th century. I'm tired of this discussion of capitalism and socialism; we live in the 21st century; we need an economic system that has democracy as its underpinnings and an ethical code.
'Knowing' is one of those movies where you're going to get the spectacle, and you're going to have the entertainment in the grand science fiction tradition. But also, it will perhaps stimulate some discussion to help you sort out on your own where you might choose to go in terms of your own needs. Now, I say that without preaching.
Rational discussion is useful only when there is a significant base of shared assumptions.
I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations.
I think there ought to be some serious discussion by smart people, really smart people, about whether or not proliferation of things like The Smoking Gun and TMZ and YouTube and the whole celebrity culture is healthy.
Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion.
If we have an honest discussion on whether the war on poverty should be fought with welfare or with economic growth in the private sector, Democrats will lose black votes.
Should we fear hackers? Intention is at the heart of this discussion.
A full and fair discussion is essential to democracy.
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
Hubert H. Humphrey
Let us hold our discussion together in our own persons, making trial of the truth and of ourselves.
An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say 'Gentlemen' to the person with whom he is conversing.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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