Whenever a group of people brainstorm over an idea, a difference in opinion is bound to happen. And often, these differences can lead to healthy debates. Thus, conflict, without a doubt, is a healthy and very natural part of organisational life. Conflict can help create opportunities to innovate and find creative solutions. It challenges the team to look at a situation from a fresh perspective; which can nudge people to develop greater understanding, and search for alternative avenues that are more efficient. Unresolved conflict, however, can result in organisational breakdown. Careless words can lead to hurt feelings and strained inter-personal relationships. And so, while healthy clash of ideas should be encouraged, conflict management is an important factor in enabling efficient teamwork. Let\u2019s take a look at 100 insightful quotes on conflict, even as we try and understand the right way to disagree with others. 1. 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.\u2014 Horace Mann 2. We may have different points of arguments from perspectives of belief, faith and religion. But we must not hate each other. We are one human family.\u2014 Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great! 3. 90% of relationship issues are caused by misunderstandings, 9.9% by conflicts of interest. Luckily, ladies and gentlemen can always come to an agreement.\u2014 Stefan Emunds 4. To be, or not to be: that is the question\u2014 Hamlet (Act III, Scene I) 5. Healing is the end of conflict with yourself. \u2014 Unknown 6. The quality of our lives depends not on whether or not we have conflicts, but on how we respond to them.\u2014 Thomas Crum 7. When introverts are in conflict with each other, it may require a map in order to follow all the silences, nonverbal cues, and passive-aggressive behaviors!\u2014 Adam S. McHugh 8. Marriage means expectations and expectations mean conflict. \u2013 Paxton Blair 9. I have a self-made quote: Celebrate diversity, practice acceptance and may we all choose peaceful options to conflict.\u2014 Donzella Michele Malone 11. If I, taking care of everyone's interests, also take care of my own, you can't talk about a conflict of interest.\u2014 Silvio Berlusconi 12. The need for justice grows out of the conflict of human interests. That is to say, if there were no conflict of interests among mankind, we should never have invented the word justice, nor conceived the idea for which it stands.\u2014 Thomas Nixon Carver 13. All conflict can be traced back to someone\u2019s feelings getting hurt, don\u2019t you think?\u2014 Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies 14. When you run for president, you have certain obligations. One of them would be to avoid even the appearance of conflicts of interest.\u2014 Charles Schumer 15. An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.\u2014 Mahatma Gandhi 16. Today everything's a conflict of interest.\u2014 Sid Vicious 17. Often those that criticise others reveal what he himself lacks\u2014 Shannon L. Alder 18. My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never.- Jack Benny 19. The president can't have a conflict of interest.\u2014 Donald Trump 21. Did it ever occur to you, that there is no conflict of interests among men, neither in business nor in trade nor in their most personal desires - if they omit the irrational from their view of the possible and destruction from their view of the practical?\u2013 Ayn Rand 22. Because people aren\u2019t perfect and relationships are messy, we all need to learn how to resolve conflicts.\u2014 John Maxwell 23. Knowing when to fight is just as important as knowing how.\u2014 Terry Goodkind 24. Peace is better than war, because conflict resolutions can be made without a wastage of life and resources.\u2014 Gugu Mona 25. You can\u2019t win an argument. You can\u2019t because if you lose it, you lose it; and if you win it, you lose it. \u2013 Dale Carnegie 26. Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.\u2014 Douglas Adams 27. When conflict becomes a win-lose contest in our minds, we immediately try to win.\u2014 Thomas Crum 28. Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.\u2014 Ambrose Bierce 29. Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.\u2014 Mahatma Gandhi 31. Conflict can destroy a team, which hasn\u2019t spent time learning to deal with it.\u2013 Thomas Isgar 32. I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.\u2013 Margaret Thatcher. 33. Whenever you\u2019re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.\u2014 William James 34. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.\u2014 Winston Churchill 35. A willingness to trust and openly listen to alternative ideas and views is essential for collaboration to be successful.\u2014 Dale Eilerman 36. Arguments drag out because one is too stubborn to forgive and the other is too proud to apologise.\u2014 Unknown 37. Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else\u2019s can shorten it.\u2014 Cullen Hightower 38. The most important thing in any negotiation, almost, is making sure that you strip it of the emotion and deal with the fact. \u2013 Howard Baker 39. The better able team members are to engage, speak, listen, hear, interpret, and respond constructively, the more likely their teams are to leverage conflict rather than be levelled by it.\u2014 Runde and Flanagan 41. Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.\u2014 Wayne Dyer 42. In a conflict, being willing to change allows you to move from a point of view to a viewing point \u2013 a higher, more expansive place, from which you can see both sides.\u2014 Thomas Crum 43. They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning.\u2014 Clint Eastwood 44. Every conflict we face in life is rich with positive and negative potential. It can be a source of inspiration, enlightenment, learning, transformation, and growth-or rage, fear, shame, entrapment, and resistance. The choice is not up to our opponents, but to us, and our willingness to face and work through them.\u2014 Kenneth Cloke 45. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.\u2014 Harper Lee 46. The days are too short even for love; how can there be enough time for quarrelling.\u2014 Margaret Gatty 47. Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional.\u2014 Max Lucado 48. Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.\u2014 Benjamin Franklin 49. An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.\u2014 Lynn Johnston 51. Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with, the wind.\u2014 Hamilton Wright Mabie 52. To practice the process of conflict resolution, we must completely abandon the goal of getting people to do what we want.\u2014 Marshall B. Rosenberg 53. There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.\u2014 Phyllis Bottome 54. Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, What else could this mean?\u2014 Shannon Alder 55. 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.\u2014 Saul Alinsky 56. To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.\u2014 Aristotle 57. We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.\u2014 Francois Fenelon 58. By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he\u2019s wrong.\u2014 Charles Wadsworth 59. Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not easy.\u2014 Aristotle 61. If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it\u2019s another nonconformist who doesn\u2019t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.\u2014 Bill Vaughan 62. Never ascribe to an opponent motive meaner than your own.\u2014 John M. Barrie 63. You do not achieve anything without trouble, ever.\u2014 Margaret Thatcher 64. One might as well try to ride two horses moving in different directions, as to try tomaintain in equal force two opposing or contradictory sets of desires 65. No one in history has ever been insulted into agreement.\u2014 Arthur Brooks 66. If war is the violent resolution of conflict, then peace is not the absence of conflict, but rather, the ability to resolve conflict without violence.\u2014 C.T. Lawrence Butler 67. One of the most basic principles for making and keeping peace within and between nations\u2026is that in political, military, moral, and spiritual confrontations, there should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat.\u2014 Jimmy Carter 68. Peace is not absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.\u2014 Ronald Reagan 69. A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.\u2014 G.K. Chesterton 71. Every conflict we face in life is rich with positive and negative potential. It can be a source of inspiration, enlightenment, learning, transformation, and growth\u2013or rage, fear, shame, entrapment, and resistance. The choice is not up to our opponents, but to us, and our willingness to face and work through them.\u2014 Kenneth Cloke and Joan Goldsmith 72. You can\u2019t talk your way out of something you behaved your way into. You have to behave your way out of it.\u2014 Doug Conant (CEO of Campbell Soup, as quoted in Harvard Business Review) 73. Do not kid yourself- a conflict is never about the surface issue. It is about the ones unsaid, untreated and unhealed wounds.\u2014 Unknown 74. There is little value in preparing a cookbook of recipes for conflict success. The effects of conflict interaction depend directly on what the participants do mentally with conflict behaviour\u2014that is, how they process and interpret their behaviour.\u2014 William Cupach & Daniel Canary 75. I believe that the basic nature of human beings is gentle and compassionate. It is therefore in our own interest to encourage that nature, to make it live within us, to leave room for it to develop. If on the contrary we use violence, it is as if we voluntarily obstruct the positive side of human nature and prevent its evolution.\u2014 His Holiness the Dalai Lama 76. To a disciple who was forever complaining about others the Master said, \u2018If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.\u2014 Anthony de Mello 76. The longer we listen to one another - with real attention - the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions.\u2014 Barbara Deming 77. 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.\u2014 John Dewey 78. The more incompetent one feels, the more eager he is to fight.\u2013 Fyodor Dostoyevsky 79. The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way in which we use them.\u2013 Adriana Doyle 81. Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.\u2014 Marie Ebner von Eschenbach 82. The problem with holding a grudge is that your hands are then too full to hold onto anything else.\u2014 Seth Godin 83. We don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note. Only notes that are different can harmonize. The same is true with people.\u2014 Steve Goodier 84. People are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of them.\u2013 Epictetus 85. What people often mean by getting rid of conflict is getting rid of diversity, and it is of utmost importance that these should not be considered the same. We may wish to abolish conflict, but we cannot get rid of diversity. Fear of difference is fear of life itself.\u2014 Mary Parker Follett 86. You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.\u2014 Buckminister Fuller 87. It is possible to conceive conflict as not necessarily a wasteful outbreak of incompatibilities, but a normal process by which socially valuable differences register themselves for the enrichment of all concerned.\u2014 Mary Parker Follett 88. If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.\u2014 Benjamin Franklin 89. Don\u2019t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.\u2014 Robert Frost 91. You can\u2019t shake hands with a clenched fist.\u2014 Indira Gandhi 92. What may appear as the truth to one person will often appear as untruth to another person. But that need not worry the seeker. Where there is honest effort, it will be realized that what appeared to be different truths are like the countless and apparently different leaves of the same tree.\u2014 Gandhi 93. Listening is not waiting to talk.\u2014 Scott Ginsberg 94. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply\u2014 Stephen R Covey. 95. 10% of conflicts is due to difference in opinion and 90% is due to wrong tone of voice.\u2014 Susan Wiertzema 96. Conflict cannot survive without your participation.\u2014 Wayne Dyer 97. There are some people who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. Walk away; the battle they are fighting isn't with you, it is with themselves.\u2014 Anonymous 98. Deflect, co-opt, absorb or annihilate. It doesn't matter if you're in a sword fight or conducting a worldwide military campaign, these are the options for dealing with your opposition.\u201d \u2014 Graeme Rodaughan, The Day Guard 99. The risks of the conflict never overwhelmed me, only the fear of marginalization.\u201d \u2014 Marie Benedict That brings us to the end of this exhaustive list. Do let us know the quote you found most relatable. We would love to hear from you! 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