“You have no enemies, you say? Alas, my friend, the boast is poor.
He who has mingled in the fray of duty that the brave endure, must have made foes.
If you have none, small is the work that you have done.
You’ve hit no traitor on the hip. You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip.
You’ve never turned the wrong to right. You’ve been a coward in the fight.”
― Charles Mackay
“The prophecy that, in time, humans are bound to fight each other is liable to be self-fulfilling” (Bateson,1989).
“Conflicts are necessary for change in human society since they help to build relationships in groups, establish a group’s identity, build internal cohesion in groups and can lead to balance of power in society as well as create new rules and laws” (Coser,1956).
“Conflict occurs when two or more parties pursue incompatible interests or goals through actions that the parties try to undo or damage each other” Lund (1997).
“The interests of the parties (individuals, groups or countries) can differ over access to resources, the control of political or traditional power, their identity and values or ideology, thus leading to conflict” (Maiese, 2003).
“Conflict occurs when two or more people engage in a struggle over values and claims to status, power and resources in which the aims of the opponents are to neutralize, injure or eliminate their rivals” (Coser 1956).
“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict — alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence” (Dorothy Thompson).
“We don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note. Only notes that are different can harmonize. The same is true with people”(Steve Goodier).
“Successful relationships are those relationships where conflicts are successfully resolved and in fact, peoples intimacy, closeness, and love are enhanced through the resolution of conflicts. I have always become closer to my wife and to my friends when we have conflicts and work through them successfully because conflicts will always arise. They are an opportunity for intimacy, self-knowledge, and a greater connection” (Stefan Molyneux).