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Quarreling is engaging in verbal dispute or heated argument.


  • But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
    When honour's at the stake.
  • 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.
  • I won't quarrel with my bread and butter.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 653.
  • Those who in quarrels interpose,
    Must often wipe a bloody nose.
    • John Gay, Fables (1727), The Mastiffs, line 1.
  • L'aimable siècle où l'homme dit à l'homme,
    Soyons frères, ou je t'assomme.
  • Cadit statim simultas, ab altera parte deserta; nisi pariter, non pugnant.
    • A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party: there is no battle unless there be two.
    • Seneca the Younger, De Ira, II. 34.
  • The quarrel is a very pretty quarrel as it stands; we should only spoil it by trying to explain it.
  • O we fell out, I know not why,
    And kiss'd again with tears.
  • Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels.
    • Voltaire, Dictionnaire philosophique portatif ("A Philosophical Dictionary") (1764), Weakness on Both Sides.
  • Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
    For God hath made them so;
    Let bears and lions growl and fight,
    For 'tis their nature too.
  • But children you should never let
    Such angry passions rise,
    Your little hands were never made
    To tear each other's eyes.

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