Ben Franklin on Debating

Some words to live by…

During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the delegates strongly disagreed regarding whether representation in Congress for each state would be in proportion to population or equal for each state. The debate threatened to break up the convention, and our democratic system may have been lost before it even got started. Benjamin Franklin, ever the cool negotiator,  reasserted the rules he had written for his social networking group (yes, he was way ahead of his time in many ways!) years earlier. I think it’s a good way to conduct oneself in any type of negotiation or debate situation. He said:

“Declaration of a fixed opinion, and of determined resolution never to change it, neither enlighten nor convince us. Positiveness and warmth on one side naturally beget their like on the other.”

Please share:
This entry was posted in Quotes. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Ben Franklin on Debating

  1. Nick Haese says:

    I think this internet site contains some really excellent information for everyone :D. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *