Showing posts with label argument. Show all posts
Showing posts with label argument. Show all posts

June 12, 2014


"A word carries far -- very far -- deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space."

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) British novelist

Even more so in this age of instant communication.

Choose what you say (and type) very carefully, it will outlast you, on occasion having outdone you.

February 11, 2014


"The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress."

Joseph Joubert
18th century French moralist

Progress that is mutually beneficial to both sides of the argument.

May 17, 2013

Any Opinion On This?

"Taste has no system and no proofs."

Susan Sontag
20th century American author

Keep this in mind the next time you attempt to "prove" your point about something that is a matter of taste.

Particularly in business.

May 29, 2012

Out Of The Mouths Of . . .

"Truth comes from the mouths of fools and children."

George  Lichtenberg
18th century German scientist

Of course not all "truth" but unfortunately enough that everyone other than all fools and some children will understand what this means.

December 20, 2011

Let's Shake On It

"By the time a partnership has dissolved, it has dissolved."

John Updike
20th century American writer

Like marriages, business partnerships are relatively easily to enter with termination consequences that often ends the business as well.

Be careful!

August 15, 2011

You'll Hear From My (very expensive) Lawyer!

"I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one."

18th century French writer

And yet in business we all too often pursue legal remedy to what could be settled by simple conversation and negotiation.

August 08, 2011

Reaching For An Empty Holster

"It is impossible to have a battle of wits with an unarmed person."

Suggested by Ron Hixon

Good advice but just make sure which of you is unarmed.

I have on many occasions thought it was the other person only to realize later, it was me.

August 04, 2011

One More Time, Listen Carefully!

"To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question."

Eric Hoffer
20th century American philosopher

Food for thought the next time you find yourself restating the "obvious" more than once.

March 22, 2011

Winning Battles, Losing Wars

"That which proves too much proves nothing."

Unattributed proverb

Particularly in an argument.

Make your point but be careful not to over do it. 

April 16, 2009

Communication: Argue or Discuss?

"The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion."

C.K. Chesterton
Early 20th century writer

Both argument and discussion imply communication but in very different ways.

I think I know what Mr. Chesterton would say but what do you think; is there ever a time in business when it is better to argue than to discuss?