Advising often better than fighting.
I strove with none; for none was worth my strife.
—Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864) English Writer, Poet
To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.
—George Orwell (1903–50) English Novelist, Journalist
Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.
—Phyllis Diller (b.1917) American Actor, Comedian
Those who live are those who fight.
—Victor Hugo (1802–85) French Novelist
Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.
—Derek Walcott (1930–2017) West Indian Poet, Dramatist
You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it.
—G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) English Journalist, Novelist, Essayist, Poet
I against my brother I and my brother against our cousin, my brother and our cousin against the neighbors all of us against the foreigner.
No battle is worth fighting except the last one.
—Enoch Powell (1912–98) English Conservative Politician, Scholar
The longer a man lives in this world the more he must be convinced that all domestic quarrels had better never be obtruded on the public; for, let the husband be right, or let him be wrong, there is always a sympathy existing for women which is certain to give the man the worst of it.
—Benjamin Haydon (1786–1846) English Painter, Writer
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
—Napoleon I (1769–1821) Emperor of France
Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.
—Winston Churchill (1874–1965) British Head of State, Political leader, Historian, Journalist, Author
Fight fire with fire.
Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he’s sure of losing. That’s my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.
—George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) (1819–80) English Novelist
Wise men do not quarrel with each other.
The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.
—E. W. Howe (1853–1937) American Novelist, Editor
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
—Baltasar Gracian (1601–58) Spanish Scholar, Prose Writer
The same reason that makes us chide and brawl and fall out with any of our neighbors, causeth a war to follow between Princes.
—Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) French Essayist
Let him that is without stone among you cast the first thing he can lay his hands on.
—Robert Frost (1874–1963) American Poet
That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms.
—George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) Irish Playwright
Contemplative and bookish men must of necessity be more quarrelsome than others, because they contend not about matter of fact, nor can determine their controversies by any certain witnesses, nor judges. But as long as they go towards peace, that is Truth, it is no matter which way.
—John Donne (1572–1631) English Poet, Cleric
No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
—Abraham Lincoln (1809–65) American Head of State
In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
—Franz Kafka (1883–1924) Austrian Novelist, Short Story Writer
The mediator in a fight gets all the blows.
If there be no enemy there’s no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.
—Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) Scottish Historian, Essayist
There is no such thing as a man being too proud to fight; there is such a thing as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right.
—Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924) American Head of State
The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.
—William Faulkner (1897–1962) American Novelist
If you are going to fight, pray once; if you are going to sail, pray twice; if you are getting married, then pray thrice.
If you are going out for a fight leave your best hat at home.
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.