The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.
—E. W. Howe (1853–1937) American Novelist, Editor
If there be no enemy there’s no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.
—Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) Scottish Historian, Essayist
Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he’s sure of losing. That’s my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.
—George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) (1819–80) English Novelist
You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side.
—William Ewart Gladstone (1809–98) British Head of State, Political leader, Scholar
A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship, as … the callosity formed round a broken bone makes it stronger than before.
—Francis de Sales (1567–1622) French Catholic Saint
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
The test of a man or woman’s breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
—George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) Irish Playwright
In this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live.
—Adolf Hitler (1889–1945) German Chancellor, Nazi Leader
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) English Painter, Writer
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
Lovers quarrels are the renewal of love.
—Terence Ancient Roman Playwright
When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something.
—Robert Browning (1812–89) English Poet
Fight fire with fire.
No battle is worth fighting except the last one.
—Enoch Powell (1912–98) British Politician