Selected Quotes about Conflict

A successful work of art is not one which resolves contradictions in a spurious harmony, but one which expresses the idea of harmony negatively by embodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in its innermost structure. -- Theodore Adorno

The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintain their neutrality. -- Dante Aleghieri

Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own. -- John M. Barrie

All men have an instinct for conflict: at least, all healthy men. -- Hilaire Belloc

Economics has many substantive areas of knowledge where there is agreement but also contains areas of controversy. That's inescapable. -- Ben Bernanke

This is not a clash between civilisations. It is a clash about civilisation. -- Tony Blair

Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not to create it. -- Edward de Bono

There are three principles in a man's being and life, the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don't do what I say. -- Martin Buber

But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness -- each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked -- each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity. -- Herbert Butterfield

Nine times out of ten, and argument ends with each of the contestants more firmly convinced than ever that he's absolutely right. -- Dale Carnegie

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it. -- Dale Carnegie

You can't win argument. You can't because if you lose it, you lose it; and if you win it, you lose it. -- Dale Carnegie

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. -- William Ellery Channing

Both Russia and the U.S. understand now what's really going on at the Balkans and what needs to be done. We were searching for ways of settling the conflict, but it's a difficult task. -- Viktor Chernomyrdin

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. -- Sir Winston Churchill

My dear sir, they don't debate. Each of them merely issues an ultimatum, and in what a tone! It all goes to show what extraordinary people they are, each more unequivocal than the other. -- Colette

When one ceases from conflict, whether because he has won, because he has lost, or because he cares no more for the game, the virtue passes out of him. -- Charles Horton Cooley

Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it--immediately. -- Stephen Covey

There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull: How do you hang on to someone who won't stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won't go? -- Danny DeVito

The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and "mangled mind" leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict. -- Elizabeth Drew

Never ask who's right. Start out by asking what is right. And you find that out by listening to dissenting, disagreeing opinions. -- Peter Drucker

Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds. -- Albert Einstein

No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, there can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right. -- Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations. -- David Friedman

A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel. -- Robert Frost

You can't shake hands with a clenched fist. -- Indira Gandhi

Non-cooperation is a measure of discipline and sacrifice, and it demands respect for the opposite views. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Truth springs from argument amongst friends. -- David Hume

True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We have met the enemy and it is us. -- Walt Kelly

There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success. -- Phil Knight

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. -- Jonathan Kozol

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. -- Jonathan Kozol

All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest--never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership. -- Ann Landers

If you ain't never pick up the sword, you ain't never have to worry about fallin' on it. -- Meldrick Lewis

Where all think alike, no one thinks very much. -- Walter Lippmann

No doubt there are other important things in life besides conflict, but there are not many other things so inevitably interesting. The very saints interest us most when we think of them as enganged in a conflict with the Devil. -- Robert Lynd

Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against; not with; the wind. -- Hamilton Mabie

From (this) experience we have learned that in a big party it is important to have the necessary and often controversial discussions on policy issues such as the health system while in opposition. -- Angela Merkel

There is no squabbling so violent as that between people who accepted an idea yesterday and those who will accept the same idea tomorrow. -- Christopher Morley

In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars. -- Richard Nixon

Science cannot resolve moral conflicts, but it can help to more accurately frame the debates about those conflicts. -- Heinz Pagels

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. -- Thomas Paine

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. -- M. Scott Peck

Today, the worst conflicts, the most deep-rooted violence, and those likely to emerge in the coming years are due to disparities in development. -- Segolene Royal

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race. -- Bertrand Russell

I believe nations, all of us, not only NATO nations, need to invest more in existing humanitarian funds, to help families and communities affected by conflict. -- Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence. -- Dorothy Thompson

I give great thanks to God that he has created a Dalai Lama. Do you really think, as some have argued, that God will be saying: 'You know, that guy, the Dalai Lama, is not bad. What a pity he's not a Christian'? I don't think that is the case - because, you see, God is not a Christian. -- Desmond Tutu

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