Conflict Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Conflict quotes and Conflict sayings, and Conflict proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Happiness is overrated. There has to be conflict in life."

Brad Pitt

"Never in the field of human conflicts was so much owed by so many to so few."

Winston Churchill

"I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts, or my thoughts the result of my dreams."

D. H. Lawrence

"I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."


"All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action."


"Those who wish to cause religious conflict are small in number but often manage to dominate the headline."

Tony Blair

"Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions."

Bertolt Brecht

"We cannot really think in one way and act in another"

Thomas Troward

"What rights are those that dare not resist for them? What rights are those that dare not resist for them?"

Alfred Tennyson

"It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle. It is the same spirit that says, ”You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it."

Abraham Lincoln

"Instead of suppressing conflicts, specific channels could be created to make this conflict explicit, and specific methods could be set up by which the conflict is resolved."

Albert Low

"If we cannot end our differences at least we can make the world safe for diversity."

John F. Kennedy

"You can’t comfort the afflicted with afflicting the comfortable"

Diana Princess of Wales

"Conflict builds character. Crisis defines it."

Steven V. Thulon

"Conflicts may be the sources of defeat, lost life and a limitation of our potentiality but they may also lead to greater depth of living and the birth of more far-reaching unities, which flourish in the tensions that engender them"

Karl Jaspers

"Only by pride comes contention; but, with the well-advised is wisdom."

Proverbs 1310

"Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional."

Max Lucade

"The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, ‘Go!’ -a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’."

E. M. Kelly

"So there are five ways of knowing who will win. Those who know when to fight and when not to fight are victorious. Those who discern when to use many or few troops are victorious. Those whose upper and lower ranks have the same desire are victorious."

Sun Tzu

"Conflict is the beginning of consciousness"

M. Esther Harding

"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

"Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude"

William James

"Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates to invention. It shocks us out of sheeplike passivity, and sets us at noting and contriving."

John Dewey

"Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win."

Jonathan Kozel

"Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right."

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect."

Edward Gibbon

"I don’t believe in war as a solution to any kind of conflict, nor do I believe in heroism on the battlefield because I have never seen any."

Thor Heyerdahl

"Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict."

Saul Alinsky

"No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides."

Baruch Spinoza

"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."


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