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 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

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

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.     

Marian Wright Edelman

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 13:10

You can't comfort the afflicted with afflicting the comfortable     

Princess Diana

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

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.     

Benjamin Franklin

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

2 Timothy 4:7

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

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

D. H. Lawrence

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

Garth Brooks

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

Winston Churchill