Complete Disagreement

Sunday, July 19, 2020 – Complete Disagreement

In the course of my observation, the disputing, contradicting and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them. ~ Benjamin Franklin

To constitute a dispute there must be two parties. To understand it well, both parties and all the circumstances must be fully heard; and to accommodate the differences, temper and mutual forbearance are requisite. ~ George Washington

Persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should be adopted to influence the conduct of men. The opposite course would be a reversal of human nature, which is God’s decree and can never be reversed. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves. ~ Daniel Webster

Convincing yourself does not win an argument. ~ Robert Half

We may convince others by our arguments, but we can only persuade them by their own. ~ Joseph Joubert

The worthless and offensive members of society, whose existence is a social pest, invariably think themselves the most ill-used people alive, and never get over their astonishment at the ingratitude and selfishness of their contemporaries. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In theory it is easy to convince an ignorant person; in actual life, men not only object to offer themselves to be convinced, but hate the man who has convinced them. ~ Epictetus

If we are all in agreement on the decision then I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain some understanding of what the decision is all about. ~ Alfred P. Sloan

There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement. ~ E. B. White

Thus we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words. ~ Alfred Korzybski

The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

The great mind knows the power of gentleness and only tries force because persuasion fails. ~ Robert Browning

No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offense. ~ Thomas Carlyle

He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of a diplomat. ~ Robert Estabrook

The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade space-ship and already quarreling about where they are going next. ~ William Faulkner

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man; it is what he wants and must have to be good for anything. Hardship and opposition are the native soil of manhood and self-reliance. ~ John Neal

Before you try to convince anyone else be sure you are convinced, and if you cannot convince yourself, drop the subject. ~ John Henry Patterson

Opposition inflames the enthusiast, never converts him. ~ Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

A long dispute means that both parties are wrong. ~ Voltaire

Democrats never agree on anything, that’s why they’re Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they would be Republicans. ~ Will Rogers

A good listener tries to understand what the other person is saying. In the end he may disagree sharply, but because he disagrees, he wants to know exactly what it is he is disagreeing with. ~ Kenneth A. Wells

Thinking isn’t agreeing or disagreeing. That’s voting. ~ Robert Frost

A demagogue is a person with whom we disagree as to which gang should mismanage the country. ~ Don Marquis

Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree. ~ Terry Pratchett

If two men on a job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, then both are useless. ~ Darryl F. Zanuck

The only things Mick and I disagree about are the band, the music and what we do. ~ Keith Richards

It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party. ~ Nick Hornby

To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity. ~ Oscar Wilde

It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles. ~ Muriel Spark

I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don’t always agree with them. ~ George H. W. Bush

I’m sorry. If you were right, I’d agree with you. ~ Robin Williams

It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree. ~ Charles Baudelaire

We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds. ~ Frank Zappa

Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their astuteness. ~ John Heywood

Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement. ~ Edmund Burke

Meetings are a great trap. Soon you find yourself trying to get agreement and then the people who disagree come to think they have a right to be persuaded. However, they are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement. ~ Tacitus

Too much agreement kills a chat. ~ Eldridge Cleaver

My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfied us both. They are to say what they please, and I am to do what I please. ~ Frederick II

Compromise: An agreement between two men to do what both agree is wrong. ~ Lord Edward Cecil

I used to be a Catholic. I left because I object to conversion by concussion. If you don’t agree with what they teach, you get clobbered over the head until you do. All that does is change the shape of the head. ~ Alan Alda

Do we have to talk in order to agree, or agree in order to talk? ~ Jose Bergamin

When you say you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice. ~ Otto von Bismarck

You can get assent to almost any proposition so long as you are not going to do anything about it. ~ John Jay Chapman

You may easily play a joke on a man who likes to argue. Agree with him. ~ Edgar Watson Howe

The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you. ~ Kin Hubbard

Nobody agrees with anybody else anyhow, but adults conceal it and infants show it. ~ Ogden Nash

You can always tell when a man is well informed. His views are pretty much like your own. ~ Louie Morris

Civilizations grow by agreements and accommodations and accretions, not by repudiations. The rebels and the revolutionaries are only eddies, they keep the stream from getting stagnant but they get swept down and absorbed, they’re a side issue. Quiet desperation is another name for the human condition. If revolutionaries would learn that they can’t remodel society by day after tomorrow – they haven’t the wisdom to and shouldn’t be permitted to – I’d have more respect for them… Civilizations grow and change and decline. They aren’t remade. ~ Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

Eleanor agreed with it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition. ~ Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

You only exist because of the agreements you made with yourself and with the other humans around you. ~ José Luis Ruiz

It is my fate and perhaps my temperament to sign agreements with fools. ~ E. M. Forster

I don’t like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while, but one soon tires of it. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong. ~ Oscar Wilde

Things that I felt absolutely sure of but a few years ago I do not believe now. This thought makes me see more clearly how foolish it would be to expect all men to agree with me. ~ Jim Rohn