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Most quarrels amplify a misunderstanding
We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that
We may convince others by our arguments; but we can only persuade them by their own
All disputation makes the mind deaf; and when people are deaf, I am dumb
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress
In a false quarrel there is no true valor
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic
Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause
Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument
I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."