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Debate Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Debate

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

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The questions are scientific, but the UN answers are political.
The global warming debate is hardly about science.
- Allen Simmons

One can always debate questions back and forth.
- Robert Bourassa

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

 

I take the debate on the method of promoting democracy seriously.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Politics calls for robust debate and criticism,
but this should never descend to personal and demeaning slurs.
- Kim Beazley

Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

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I can assure you we are all strong-willed,
forceful personalities and the president encourages vigorous debate.
- Karen Hughes

This country is about, in my judgment,
aggressive, open debate.
There is an old saying: When everyone is thinking the same thing,
no one is thinking very much.
- Byron Dorgan

We've become more tolerant because we're tired of the debate.
- Suzanne Fields

Debate is the death of conversation.
- Kitty O'Neill Collins

The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely,
thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people
who debate in narrow confines.
- Charles de Gaulle

Political debate with liberals is basically impossible
in America today because liberals are calling names
while conservatives are trying to make arguments.
- Ann Coulter

Since we enacted the PATRIOT Act almost three years ago,
there has been tremendous public debate about its breadth
and implications on due process and privacy.
- Howard Berman

I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate;
and while the debate goes on,
the canal does also.
- Theodore Roosevelt

It is better to debate a question without settling
it than to settle a question without debating it.
- Joseph Joubert

I love argument, I love debate.
I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me,
that's not their job.
- Margaret Thatcher

As the 109th Congress continues to debate legislation
that will affect the lives of immigrants,
it is important for us to remember that we are a nation of immigrants.
- Jose Serrano

Any debate among politicians about monetary policy is counterproductive.
- Gerhard Schroder

Reliable data on the outsourcing of American jobs is
sorely missing from the debate on globalization.
- Dan Lipinski

Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness,
just as Greek drama had once done.
- Edward Bond

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

A little tough talk in the midst of a campaign or as
part of a presidential debate cannot obscure a record
of 30 years of being on the wrong side of defense issues.
- Dick Cheney

I heard Dennis Kucinich say in a debate,
'When I'm president...
and I just wanted to stop him and say,
'Dude.'
- Jon Stewart

I remember serving in Vietnam in that war,
and many of us at the major Lieutenant Colonel,
colonel level were frustrated that no one in the U.S.
wanted to debate it that way.
- William Odom

There is an ongoing debate about the reform of the U.N.
system.
- Joschka Fischer

This isn't a little debate society.
That's high school stuff.
- Sydney Schanberg

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

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

I should add that it is open to debate whether what
we call the writing of history these days is truly scientific.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

I raise this objection to debate the process,
and protect the integrity of the true will of the people.
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones

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

A politician's goal is always to manipulate public debate.
I think there are some politicians with higher goals.
But all of them get corrupted by power.
- Dean Koontz

Debate is healthy and no one in this chamber -
starting with me -
has a monopoly on being right.
- Ted Kulongoski

Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.
- Jesse Jackson

See that's a goal that I think it's very good in the
debate to find out who the person is.
- Geraldine Ferraro

In the midst of fighting there is no place for public debate.
- Yitzhak Rabin

While the debate on the Patriot Act is far from over,
it is important that all Americans continue in this
dialogue and work together to ensure greater security for our nation.
- Jo Bonner

I have worked to expand the health care debate beyond
the current for-profit system,
to include a public option and an amendment to free
the states to pursue single payer.
- Dennis Kucinich

What passes for real debate in Washington often seems
more like an echo chamber,
with politicians talking at politicians.
- Bill Delahunt

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion,
dissent, and debate.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

Healthy disagreement, debate, leading to compromise
has always been the American way.
- Donald L. Carcieri

The federal government seeks to control and regulate the Internet,
but the last thing this Congress should be doing is
trying to stifle public debate online.
- Dennis Hastert

The historical debate is over.
The answer is free-market capitalism.
- Thomas Friedman

Much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear,
rather than science.
- James Inhofe

If we don't believe in moral absolutes and then we
get into a cultural-political debate,
how are we going to win?
- Randall Terry

Open debate and full discourse on the topic of torture is a double-edged sword.
- Charles D. Ellison

I am convinced that we as a body must conduct a formal
and legitimate debate about election irregularities.
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Listen, if the mayor wants to have a debate about education in this city,
I got three words: bring it on.
- Anthony Weiner

Debate and divergence of views can only enrich our history and culture.
- Ibrahim Babangida

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

Most of the debate over the cultures of death and life is about process.
The debate focuses on the technology available to determine
how we prolong life and how and when we end it.
- Suzanne Fields

After a century of striving, after a year of debate,
after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise.
It is the law of the land.
- Barack Obama

There's always merit to having a debate.
- Ward Churchill

The most important event I covered was the Panama Canal debate,
which dragged on for months.
- Jessica Savitch

The job of the press is to encourage debate,
not to supply the public with information.
- Christopher Lasch

I liked discussion and debate and thought that these
skills fit well with law.
I also had an interest in justice - and later learned
that sometimes law and justice actually agree!
- Harold H. Greene

What takes place in the Security Council more closely
resembles a mugging than either a political debate
or an effort at problem-solving.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

Let's start to have a grown up debate in this country
about who we are and where we want to go and what kind
of country we want to build.
- Ed Miliband

Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate,
is better understood as its by-product.
- Christopher Lasch

In the first debate the bulges create the impression
of a letter T with a small feature which appears similar
to a wire under the jacket running upward from the right.
- Robert Nelson

What we have to do...
is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate
our differences without fracturing our communities.
- Hillary Clinton

I don't debate with liars.
- Evo Morales

I've enjoyed doing Wolf Blitzer's program,
and I even enjoyed having a heated debate with Bill O'Reilly.
I will do it any time.
- Bianca Jagger

In debate, one randomly was assigned to one side or the other.
This had at least one virtue - it made one see that
there was more than one side to these complex issues.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations,
guide our debate, and guide our decision.
- Barbara Jordan

The dinner table is a lively debate,
and everybody weighs in in a different way.
I like that, though.
- Vanessa Kerry

With or without a Social Security fix,
Americans don't have enough assets to retire on.
There has to be a much larger debate.
- Frank Keating

The national debate on Social Security has been cheapened
by demagoguery on all sides.
- Bill Delahunt

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

Every candidate goes into every debate hoping that
they can own a particular moment.
- Peter Jennings


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