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QUARRELING
[ Also see Anger Argument Challenge Contention Discord Dissension Quarrels Rebellion War ]

I can't imagine a human being so hard up for something to do as to quarrel with me.
      - Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski)

Those who in quarrels interpose,
  Must often wipe a bloody nose.
      - John Gay, Fables--The Mastiffs (l. 1)

Those glorious days, when man said to man, Let us be brothers, or I will knock you down.
  [Fr., L'aimable siecle ou l'homme dit a l'homme,
    Soyons freres, ou je t'assomme.]
      - Gilliaume Pigault Lebrun (Gilliaume Pigault-Lebrun )

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party: there is no battle unless there be two.
  [Lat., Cadit statim simultas, ab altera parte deserta; nisi pariter, non pugnant.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), De Ira
         (II, 34)

O sir, we quarrel in print, by the book, as you have books for good manners. I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort Courteous; the second, the Quip Modest; the third, the Reply Churlish; the fourth, the Reproof Valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with Circumstance; the seventh, the Lie Direct. All these you may avoid but the Lie Direct, and you may avoid that too, with an If. I knew when seven justices could not take up a quarrel, but when the parties were met themselves, one of tem thought but of an If: as, 'If you said so, then I said so'; and they shook hands and swore brothers. Your If is the only peacemaker. Much virtue in If.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Touchstone at V, iv)

Rightly to be great
  Is not to stir without great argument,
    But greatly to find a quarrel in a straw
      When honor's at the stake.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at IV, iv)

In a false quarrel there is no true valor.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Benedick at V, i)

Thou! why, thou wilt quarrel with a man that hath a hair more or a hair less in his beard than thou hast. Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason but because thou hast hazel eyes. What eye but such an eye would spy out such a quarrel? Thy head is as full of quarrels as an egg is full of meat; and yet thy head hath been beaten as addle as an egg for quarreling. Thou hast quarrelled with a man for coughing in the street, because he hath wakened thy dog that hath lain asleep in in the sun. Didst thou fall out with a tailor for wearing his new doublet before Easter? with another for tying his new shoes with old riband? And yet thou wilt tutor me from quarreling!
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Mercutio at III, i)

The quarrel is a very pretty quarrel as it stands; we should only spoil it by trying to explain it.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Rivals
         (act IV, sc. 3)

I won't quarrel with my bread and butter.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue I)

O we fell out, I know not why,
  And kiss'd again with tears.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Princess
         (canto II, song)

Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        A Philosophical Dictionary--Weaknesses of Both Sides

Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
  For God hath made them so;
    Let bears and loons grown and fight,
      For 'tis their nature too.
      - Isaac Watts, Against Quarreling

But, children, you should never let
  Such angry passions rise;
    Your little hands were never made
      To tear each other's eyes.
      - Isaac Watts,
        Divine Songs for Children--Against Quarreling and Fighting


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