65 Debate Quotes On Success In Life

These debate quotes will inspire you. The definition of a debate is a formal discussion of the opposing sides of a specific subject or a formal contest of arguments.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, knowledgeable, and encouraging debate quotes, debate sayings, and debate proverbs.

Best Debate Quotes

  1. “A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.” ~ Thomas Carlyle
  2. “For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.” ~ Margaret Heffernan
  3. “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” ~ Joseph Joubert
  4. “There is nothing wrong with intellectual differences flowing from freedom of thought as long as such differences remain confined to intellectual debates.” ~ Pervez Musharraf

  5. “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” ~ Socrates
  6. “Freedom means the right of people to assemble, organize, and debate openly.” ~ Hillary Clinton
  7. “Let me light my lamp”, says the star, “And never debate if it will help to remove the darkness” ~ Rabindranath Tagore
  8. “I wish I could give you a lot of advice, based on my experience of winning political debates. But I don’t have that experience. My only experience is at losing them.” ~ Richard M. Nixon

  9. “The connections I draw between human nature and political systems in my new book, for example, were prefigured in the debates during the Enlightenment and during the framing of the American Constitution.” ~ Steven Pinker
  10. “The world organization debates disarmament in one room and, in the next room, moves the knights and pawns that make national arms imperative.” ~ E. B. White
  11. “A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.” ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
  12. “The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress.” ~ Hendrik Willem van Loon

  13. “Science cannot resolve moral conflicts, but it can help to more accurately frame the debates about those conflicts.” ~ Heinz Pagels
  14. “This is not the age of pamphleteers. It is the age of the engineers. The spark-gap is mightier than the pen. Democracy will not be salvaged by men who talk fluently, debate forcefully, and quote aptly.” ~ Lancelot Hogben
  15. “The Sophists’ paradoxical talk pieces and their public debates were entertainment in 5th century Greece. And in that world, Socrates was an entertainer.” ~ David Antin
  16. “Historians don’t really like to carry on speculative debates, but you could certainly argue that the likelihood of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe was extremely, extremely low.” ~ Aldrich Ames

  17. “I’ve been doing these conventions for 20 years, and we used to at least have debates about issues. Nothing is happening basically at this convention, other than speeches.” ~ Susan Estrich
  18. “But the need for conflict to expose prejudice and unclear reasoning, which is deeply embedded in my philosophy of science, has its origin in these debates.” ~ Robert B. Laughlin
  19. “Medicare debates in Congress should result in better Medicare benefits for all our nation’s seniors. We’re not asking for special treatment for rural America, just a fair deal.” ~ Bennie Thompson
  20. “That a literature in our time is living is shown in that way that it debates problems.” ~ Georg Brandes

  21. “You well know, sir, that when the Constitution was submitted to the People of the respective States for their adoption or rejection, it awakened the warmest debates of the several State conventions.” ~ Caleb Cushing
  22. “Such an emphasis on the immanence of God as Creator in, with, and under the natural processes of the world unveiled by the sciences is certainly in accord with all that the sciences have revealed since those debates of the nineteenth century.” ~ Arthur Peacocke
  23. “Al Gore adopted three utterly different personas in three national presidential debates.” ~ Rich Lowry
  24. “Here’s a guy that inherited $200 million. If he hadn’t inherited $200 million, you know where Donald Trump would be right now?” ~ Marco Rubio

  25. “Marco Rubio hit my hands. Nobody has ever hit my hands. I’ve never heard of this. What – look at those hands. Are they small hands? And he referred to my hands – if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you, there’s no problem. I guarantee you.” ~ Donald Trump
  26. “Opinions are formed in a process of open discussion and public debate, and where no opportunity for the forming of opinions exists, there may be moods -moods of the masses and moods of individuals, the latter no less fickle and unreliable than the former -but no opinion.” ~ Hannah Arendt
  27. “The debates of that great assembly are frequently vague and perplexed, seeming to be dragged rather than to march, to the intended goal. Something of this sort must, I think, always happen in public democratic assemblies.” ~ Alexis de Tocqueville
  28. “But I do think it’s necessary to have debates.” ~ Geraldine Ferraro

  29. “I think it’s really unfortunate that academics have been sidelined in most important policy debates.” ~ Juan Cole
  30. “In my books, I might hold the mirror to my own face. If others would like to borrow the mirror, they’re welcome. The books aren’t there to accuse others – merely to raise issues and keep the debates alive.” ~ John Scott
  31. “What we have to do… is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.” ~ Hillary Clinton
  32. “Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

  33. “I will only debate with my equals. All others I teach.” ~ John Henrik Clarke
  34. “I think that you can disagree with people and debate over their positions with issues without engaging in the politics of personal destruction.” ~ Hillary Clinton
  35. “Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.” ~ Amos Bronson Alcott
  36. “Debate and divergence of views can only enrich our history and culture.” ~ Ibrahim Babangida

  37. “One needs to know what the hierarchy of values are from which one takes inspiration, and in a democratic society this is the subject of continuous democratic debate.” ~ Rocco Buttiglione
  38. “It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy – but he who has shown the better temper.” ~ Samuel Butler
  39. “Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.” ~ Jesse Jackson
  40. “He who frames the question wins the debate.” ~ Randall Terry

  41. “Convinced as I am and as I am from my government that the world needs a new moral architecture overall I believe that this should be the first topic to debate in our world of today, ethics, moral.” ~ Hugo Chavez
  42. “During last night’s debate, John Kerry and John Edwards were so friendly to each other some political experts think that they may end up running together. In fact, Kerry and Edwards were so friendly, President Bush accused them of planning a gay marriage.” ~ Conan O’Brien
  43. “One of the most surreal moments in this election was after the third debate, when I heard a talking head say, Al Gore won on substance, on the issues. But you have to give the victory to Bush because he seems presidential.” ~ Bradley Whitford
  44. “Healthy disagreement, debate, leading to compromise has always been the American way.” ~ Donald L. Carcieri

  45. “But, also, before I even go on the Medicare prescription drug debate, I always tell the folks in rural Illinois, and I represent 30 counties south of Springfield down to Indiana and Kentucky, that in this bill is the best rural package for hospitals ever passed.” ~ John Shimkus
  46. “No matter how you cut it, this real debate on personal accounts is about the legitimacy of Social Security; it’s not about the solvency of Social Security.” ~ Joe Biden
  47. “When every one of your arguments is characterized as an attempt to bring back slavery or resegregate lunch counters, it’s a little hard to have any sort of productive debate.” ~ Ann Coulter
  48. “Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.” ~ Michael Crichton

  49. “I have been defending Israel’s right to exist, and to defend itself against terrorism, for many years-on college campuses, in television appearances and in debate.” ~ Alan Dershowitz
  50. “As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation’s economy and culture.” ~ Bob Filner
  51. “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
  52. “It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes the cause of a longer friendship. Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

  53. “You’ve got to work things out in the cloakroom, and when you’ve got them worked out, you can debate a little before you vote.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson
  54. “Reliable data on the outsourcing of American jobs is sorely missing from the debate on globalization.” ~ Dan Lipinski
  55. “I put forward formless and unresolved notions, as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools, not to establish the truth but to seek it.” ~ Michel de Montaigne , Debate quotes for high school
  56. “I don’t debate with liars.” ~ Evo Morales

  57. “I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  58. “The most important event I covered was the Panama Canal debate, which dragged on for months.” ~ Jessica Savitch
  59. “I heard Dennis Kucinich say in a debate, ‘When I’m president… and I just wanted to stop him and say, ‘Dude.'” ~ Jon Stewart
  60. “I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” ~ Ronald Reagan

  61. “Debate is the death of conversation.” ~ Emil Ludwig
  62. “Books and harlots have their quarrels in public.” ~ Walter Benjamin
  63. “We are all strong-willed, forceful personalities and the president encourages vigorous debate.” ~ Karen Hughes
  64. “Defining the terms of the debate generally dictates who’s gonna’ win it.” ~ Paul Begala
  65. “The national debate on Social Security has been cheapened by demagoguery on all sides.” ~ Bill Delahunt

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