An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The falling out of faithful friends, renewing is of love.


Richard Edwardes


In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


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 (1819-1880, British novelist)


The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.


William Faulkner (1897-1962, American novelist)


The longer a man lives in this world the more he must be convinced that all domestic quarrels had better never be obtruded on the public; for, let the husband be right, or let him be wrong, there is always a sympathy existing for women which is certain to give the man the worst of it.


Benjamin Haydon (1786-1846, British artist)


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 (1797-1856, German poet, journalist)


Though a quarrel in the streets is a thing to be hated, the energies displayed in it are fine; the commonest man shows a grace in his quarrel.


John Keats (1795-1821, British poet)


The most terrible fight is not when there is one opinion against another, the most terrible is when two men say the same thing -- and fight about the interpretation, and this interpretation involves a difference of quality.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


I strove with none; for none was worth my strife.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper and loss of self control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


The enemy is like a woman, weak in face of opposition, but correspondingly strong when not opposed. In a quarrel with a man, it is natural for a woman to lose heart and run away when he faces up to her; on the other hand, if the man begins to be afraid and to give ground, her rage, vindictiveness and fury overflow and know no limit.


St. Ignatius Loyola (1495-1556, Spanish theologian, founder of The Jesuits)


The same reason that makes us chide and brawl and fall out with any of our neighbors, causeth a war to follow between Princes.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


It takes two to start an altercation, but only one to end it.


Nicaraeuan Proverb


I find my wife hath something in her gizzard that only waits an opportunity of being provoked to bring up, but I will not, for my content-sake, give it.


Samuel Pepys (1633-1703, British diarist)


Don't meddle with a family feud.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


I against my brother I and my brother against our cousin, my brother and our cousin against the neighbors all of us against the foreigner.


Bedouin Proverb (Sayings of Bedouin origin)


An altercation is like buttermilk -- the more you stir it, the sourer it gets.


Bolivian Proverb


Wise men do not quarrel with each other.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Better be quarrelling than lonesome.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


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


St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622, Roman Catholic bishop, writer)


In quarreling, the truth is always lost.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Lovers quarrels are the renewal of love.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.


Derek Walcott (1930-, Poet and playwright, born in West Indies)


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