What is the origin of the phrase “do not argue with idiots”? Please cite some credible references.
From googling around, I found these three variations. One came from the Bible but I couldn’t find any credible source for the other two.
- Don’t argue with idiots because they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. —Greg King
- Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. —Mark Twain
- Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. —Proverbs 26:4 (King James version)
As you can see, only the last one is easily verifiable.