A Rulebook for Arguments Quotes.

1. "It is not a mistake to have strong views. The mistake is to have nothing else."
- Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments

2. "you must use arguments to explain how you arrived at your conclusion. That is how you will convince others: by offering the reasons and evidence that convinced you. It is not a mistake to have strong views. The mistake is to have nothing else."
- Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments

3. "Typically we learn to argue by assertion. That is, we tend to start with our conclusions—our desires or opinions—without a whole lot to back them up. And it works, sometimes, at least when we’re very young. What could be better? Real argument, by contrast, takes time and practice. Marshaling our reasons, proportioning our conclusions to the actual evidence, considering objections, and all the rest—these are acquired skills. We have to grow up a little."
- Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments

4. "In general, if you can’t imagine how anyone could hold the view you are attacking, you probably just don’t understand it yet."
- Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments

5. "Arguing face to face can be a powerful thing, and done deftly and persistently, it can reinforce and build respect itself, even across major differences."
- Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments

6. "Come to a rousing end. End in style, with flair or a flourish."
- Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments

7. "Truly informed sources rarely expect others to accept their conclusions simply because they assert them."
- Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments

8. "Don’t jump in with two feet where truly informed people tread with care."
- Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments

9. "If Churchill recommends optimism, who are you or I to quibble?"
- Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments

10. "No matter how well you argue from premises to conclusion, your conclusion will be weak if your premises are weak."
- Anthony Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments

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