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QUARRELS
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[ Also see Anger Argument Contention Contradiction Difference Enemies Friendship Hatred Opposition Passion Promises Quarreling Rage Resentment Threats ]

A man may quarrel with himself alone; that is, by controverting his better instincts and knowledge when brought face to face with temptation.
      - William Ellery Channing

If you cannot avoid a quarrel with a blackguard, let your lawyer manage it, rather than yourself. No man sweeps his own chimney, but employs a chimney-sweeper, who has no objection to dirty work, because it is his trade.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

In most quarrels there is a fault on both sides. A quarrel may be compared to a spark, which cannot be produced without a flint, as well as steel. Either of them may hammer on wood forever; no fire will follow.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Two things, well considered, would prevent many quarrels: first, to have it well ascertained whether we are not disputing about terms, rather than things; and, secondly, to examine whether that on which we differ is worth contending about.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

We are sure to be losers when we quarrel with ourselves; it is a civil war, and in all such contentions, triumphs are defeats.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

I thought your love eternal. Was it tied so loosely that a quarrel could divide?
      - John Dryden

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 (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

He that blows the coals in quarrels he has nothing to do with has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.
      - Benjamin Franklin

When worthy men fall out, only one of them may be faulty at the first; but if strife continue long, commonly both become guilty.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Dissensions, like small streams, are first begun,
  Scarce seen they rise, but gather as they run:
    So lines that from their parallel decline,
      More they proceed the more they still disjoin.
      - Sir Samuel Garth, The Dispensary
         (canto III, l. 184)

When two men quarrel, who owns the cooler head is the more to blame.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One should not quarrel with a dog without a reason sufficient to vindicate one through all the courts of morality.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

I will rather suffer a thousand wrongs than offer one. I have always found that to strive with a superior is injurious; with an equal, doubtful; with an inferior, sordid and base; with any, full of unquietness.
      - Joseph Hall

Persons unmask their evilest qualities when they do quarrel.
      - George Herbert

For every quarrel a man and wife have before others, they have a hundred when alone.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

If he had two ideas in his head, they would fall out with each other.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

I wish it were never one's duty to quarrel with anybody; I do so hate it: but not to do it sometimes is to smile in the devil's face.
      - George MacDonald

It requires two indiscreet persons to institute a quarrel; one individual cannot quarrel alone.
      - Aime Martin

The quarrels of lovers are like summer storms; everything is more beautiful when they have passed.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

Women always find their bitterest foes among their own sex.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting.
      - May Sarton

In love quarrels the party that loves the most is always most willing to acknowledge the greater fault.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Beware of entrance to a quarrel; but, being in, bear it, that the opposer may beware of thee.
      - William Shakespeare

If I can fasten but one cup upon him,
  With that which he hath drunk to-night already,
    He'll be as full of quarrel and offense
      As my young mistress' dog.
      - William Shakespeare


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