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.
The foolish race of mankind are swarming below in the night; they shriek and rage and quarrel—and all of them are right.
—Heinrich Heine (1797–1856) German Poet, Writer
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper and loss of self control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite.
—Abraham Lincoln (1809–65) American Head of State
They who fight with golden weapons are pretty sure to prove they are right.
Sit atop the mountain and watch the tigers fight.
We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
—Plato (428 BCE–347 BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher, Mathematician, Educator
In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
—Franz Kafka (1883–1924) Austrian Novelist, Short Story Writer
My address is like my shoes. It travels with me. I abide where there is a fight against wrong.
—Mary Harris Jones (Mother Jones) (1837–1930) Irish-American Labor Activist
Fighting for your country glorifies death.
Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.
—Phyllis Diller (b.1917) American Actor, Comedian
The soldiers fight, and the kings are heroes.
The mediator in a fight gets all the blows.
When there is no enemy it is safe to fight.
Bulls get rich, bears get rich, but pigs get slaughtered An Irishman is never at his best except when fighting.
The most terrible fight is not when there is one opinion against another, the most terrible is when two men say the same thing—and fight about the interpretation, and this interpretation involves a difference of quality.
—Soren Kierkegaard (1813–55) Danish Philosopher, Theologian
The course of true love never did run smooth.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
Coarse kindness is, at least, better than coarse anger; and in all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of its dullness.
—George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) (1819–80) English 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
In a fight the rich man tries to save his face, the poor man his Coat.
When a miller fights with a chimney sweep, the miller gets black and the chimney sweep gets white.
You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side.
—William Ewart Gladstone (1809–98) English Liberal Statesman, Prime Minister
I will fight for my children on any level so they can reach their potential as human beings and in their public duties.
—Diana, Princess of Wales (1961–97) English Royal, Humanitarian, Peace Activist
Better be quarrelling than lonesome.
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
Advising often better than fighting.
Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero’s heart.
It is no use cutting a stick when the fight is over.
Fight fire with fire.
No battle is worth fighting except the last one.
—Enoch Powell (1912–98) English Conservative Politician, Scholar
Lovers quarrels are the renewal of love.
—Terence (c.195–159 BCE) Roman Comic Dramatist
When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something.
—Robert Browning (1812–89) English Poet
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
The full value of this life can only be got by fighting; the violent take it by storm. And if we have accepted everything we have missed something—war. This life of ours is a very enjoyable fight, but a very miserable truce.
—G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) English Journalist, Novelist, Essayist, Poet
If you want an audience start a fight.
One cannot part two fighting bulls.
Those who fight with silver spears are sure of their victory.
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
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
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
A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship, as … the callosity formed round a broken bone makes it stronger than before.
—Francis de Sales (1567–1622) French Catholic Saint
For he that fights and runs away, may live to fight another day, but he, who is in battle slain, can never rise and fight again.
—Oliver Goldsmith (1730–74) Irish Novelist, Playwright, Poet
No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
—Abraham Lincoln (1809–65) American Head of State
A liberal is a man who leaves the room when the fight starts.
—Heywood Hale Broun (1918–2001) American Journalist, Commentator, Actor
It’s better to pick a fight with your in-laws than with your neighbors.
In this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live.
—Adolf Hitler (1889–1945) Nazi Leader, Chancellor of Germany
I strove with none; for none was worth my strife.
—Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864) English Writer, Poet
There is no mother like your own mother.
If you are going out for a fight leave your best hat at home.
The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.
—E. W. Howe (1853–1937) American Novelist, Editor