there are two sides to every question

there are two sides to every question
Cf. PROTAGORAS Aphorism (in Diogenes Laertius Protagoras IX. li.) καὶ πρῶτος ἔφη [Protagoras] δύο λόγους εἶναι περὶ παντὸς πράγματος ἀντικειμένους ἀλλήλοις, Protagoras was the first to say that there are two sides to every question, one opposed to the other.

1802 J. ADAMS Autobiography (1966) III. 269 There were two Sides to a question.

1817 T. JEFFERSON Letter 5 May in L. J. Cappon Adams-Jefferson Letters (1959) II. 513 Men of energy of character must have enemies: because there are two sides to every question, and..those who take the other will of course be hostile.

1863 C. KINGSLEY Water Babies vi. Let them recollect this, that there are two sides to every question, and a downhill as well as an uphill road.

1957 E. SITWELL Letter in V. Glendinning Edith Sitwell (1981) xxviii. It’s more than platitudinous to say that there are two sides to every question but there is something to be said on both sides.

1971 C. FITZGIBBON Red Hand iii. From the English point of view which inevitably they have applied to..Ireland, the art of politics consists in realizing that there are two sides to every question.


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