Conflict Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old conflict quotes, conflict sayings, and conflict proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.

Ronald Reagan

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Conflict is drama, and how people deal with conflict shows you the kind of people they are.

Stephen Moyer

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

There's not one person in this crowd who's gonna agree with everything I say. Not one.     

Howard Dean

Where there is power, there is resistance.     

Michel Foucault

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.     

Mahatma Gandhi

All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal.

John Steinbeck

Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.     

Shannon L. Alder

To live is to war with trolls.     

Henrik Ibsen

Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.

Horace Mann

Two conflicting forces cannot exist in one human heart. When doubt reigns, faith cannot abide. Where hatred rules, love is crowded out. Where selfishness rules, there love cannot dwell. When worry is present, trust cannot crowd its way in.     

Billy Graham

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


It takes two to keep the Marriage Vow. It takes two to have Agreement. It takes two to resolve conflict. Bottom line? Both of you need to want to work it out.     

Tabitha M.

Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.

Wendell Phillips

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

It's time for us to turn to each other, not on each other.     

Jesse Jackson

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

Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn't listening.     

Emma Thompson

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

Baruch Spinoza

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

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

The greatest conflicts are not between two people but between one person and himself.

Garth Brooks

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