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

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

I do think that Social Security reform needs to be bipartisan,
and we are going to have to reach that in this debate
at some time before we can find really meaningful reform.
- Judy Biggert

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That's what we're missing.
We're missing argument.
We're missing debate.
We're missing colloquy.
We're missing all sorts of things.
Instead, we're accepting.
- Studs Terkel

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I don't really feel like I have to have a debate with my husband over issues.
- Laura Bush

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

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

I don't debate with liars.
- Evo Morales

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

I enjoyed debate on the floor but it's not really debate in the same way.
- Geraldine Ferraro

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

When every one of your arguments is characterized an
attempt to bring back slavery or resegregate lunch counters,
it's a little hard to have any sort of productive debate.
- Ann Coulter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Debate is almost non-existent and no one is apparently
accountable to anybody apart from their political party bosses.
It is bad news for democracy in this country.
- Helen Suzman

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

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

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

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

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

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

He who frames the question wins the debate.
- Randall Terry


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