conflict or dissension
Strife is violent conflict, usually brief or limited in nature.
- Although we live by strife,
We're always sorry to begin it,
For what, we ask, is life
Without a touch of Poetry in it?
- Some men enjoy the constant strife
Of days with work and worry rife,
But that is not my dream of life:
I think such men are crazy.
- James Weldon Johnson, Fifty Years and Other Poems, Lazy, St. 1 (1917)
- Still a Union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets, and in which strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, has no charm for me.
- Robert E. Lee, letter to his son, G. W. Custis Lee, January 23, 1861.—John William Jones, Personal Reminiscences, Anecdotes, and Letters of Gen. Robert E. Lee, p. 137 (1876).
- The victories of Right
Are born of strife.
There were no Day were there no Night,
Nor, without dying, Life.
- Sir Lewis Morris, The Ode of Evil, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- Where good and ill together blent,
Wage an undying strife.
- John Henry Newman, A Martyr Convert, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife.
- Proverbs 17:1, American Standard Version
- Strife and love. Are they the workings of one mind? The features of the same face?
- There is no advance without strife.
- Philip Wylie, Philip Wylie & Edwin Balmer, After Worlds Collide (1934)