Fighting Sayings and Quotes

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


First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.

Mahatma Gandhi

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.     

Mahatma Gandhi

There s a moment in fighting when strength of muscle ain t everything because enemy has already given you enough energy to gain the victory.

Toba Beta

Whenever we want to combat our enemies, first and foremost we must start by understanding them rather than exaggerating their motives.     

Criss Jami

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

Sun Tzu

Blood is just red sweat.

Enson Inoue

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig, you get dirty; and besides, the pig likes it.     

George Bernard Shaw

A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.     

Bruce Lee

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.

Napoleon Bonaparte

To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

Sun Tzu

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

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.

Baltasar Gracin Y Morales

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

Let him that is without stone among you cast the first thing he can lay his hands on.     

Robert Frost

You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it.

G. K. Chesterton

To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can.     

Og Mandino

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.

Norman Vincent Peale

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.

Sun Tzu

If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.

Sun Tzu

Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.

Ernest Hemingway

Wise men do not quarrel with each other.     

Danish Proverb

People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.

Abigail Van Buren

Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?

George Eliot

A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.     

St. Francis de Sales

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

Where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.

Mohandas Gandhi

Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe.     

John Milton

Of old the expert in battle would first make himself invincible and then wait for his enemy to expose his vulnerability.     

Sun Tzu

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

Mahatma Gandhi

In a way fighting was just like using magic. You said the words, and they altered the universe. By merely speaking you could create damage and pain, cause tears to fall, drive people away, make yourself feel better, make your life worse.

Lev Grossman