A quote I picked up in reading/listening to Medhi Hasan’s new book Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking via my Audible account (Great stuff!)
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
and from John Stuart Mill’s treatise On Liberty…
“He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them. But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion… Nor is it enough that he should hear the opinions of adversaries from his own teachers, presented as they state them, and accompanied by what they offer as refutations. He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them…he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.”