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Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them doth curse me.

Bible Quotes , Source: Jeremiah (ch. XV, v. 10)

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The chiefs contend only for their place of burial. [Lat., Ducibus tantum de funere pugna est.]

Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan) Quotes , Source: Pharsalia (VI, 811)

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Contentions fierce, Ardent, and dire, spring from no petty cause.

Sir Walter Scott Quotes , Source: Peveril of the Peak (ch. XL)

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You will stir up the hornets. [Lat., Irritabis crabones.]

Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus) Quotes , Source: Amphitruo (act II, 2, 75)

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'Tis a hydra's head contention; the more they strive the more they may: and as Praxiteles did by his glass, when he saw a scurvy face in it, brake it in pieces; but for that one he saw many more as bad in a moment.

Robert Burton Quotes , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy (pt. II, sc. 3, mem. 7)

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And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

Bible Quotes , Source: Genesis (ch. XIII, v. 8)

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And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Bible Quotes , Source: Mark (ch. III, v. 25)

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A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

Bible Quotes , Source: Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 15)

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He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.

Robert Burton Quotes , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France (vol. III, p. 195)

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And the combat ceased, for want of combatants. [Fr., Et le combat cessa, faute de combattants.]

Pierre Corneille Quotes , Source: Le Cid (IV, 3)

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Great contest follows, and much learned dust Involves the combatants; each claiming truth, And truth disclaiming both.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. III, l. 161)

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Did thrust (as now) in other's corn his sickle. - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,

Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas Quotes , Source: Divine Weekes and Workes--Second Week, Second Day (pt. II)

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So when two dogs are fighting in the streets, When a third dog one of the two dogs meets: With angry teeth he bites him to the bone, And this dog smarts for what that dog has done.

Henry Fielding Quotes , Source: Tom Thumb the Great (act I, sc. 5, l. 55)

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When individuals approach one another with deep purposes on both sides they seldom come at once to the matter which they have most at heart. They dread the electric shock of a too sudden contact with it.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes , Source: The Marble Faun (vol. II, ch. XXII)

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But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, For gentle ways are best, and keep aloof From sharp contentions.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Iliad (bk. IX, l. 317), (Bryant's translation)

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Not hate, but glory, made these chiefs contend; And each brave foe was in his soul a friend.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Iliad (bk. VII, l. 364), (Pope's translation)

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Agreement exists in disagreement. [Lat., Mansit concordia discors.]

Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan) Quotes , Source: Pharsalia (I, 98)

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Stir up the hornets. [Fr., Irriter les freslons.]

Francois Rabelais Quotes , Source: Pantagruel

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The whole discord of this world consists in discords. [Lat., Tota hujus mundi concordia ex discordibus constat.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Nat. Quoest (bk. VII, 27)

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Thus when a barber and collier fight, The barber beats the luckless collier--white; The dusty collier heaves his ponderous sack, And, big with vengeance, beats the barber--black. In comes the brick-dust man, with grime o'er spread, And beats the collier and the barber--red; Black, red, and white, in various clouds are toss'd, And in the dust they raise the combatants are lost.

Christopher Smart Quotes , Source: A Trip to Cambridge, soliloquy of the Princess Periwinkle

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In excessive altercation, truth is lost. [Lat., Nimium altercando veritas amittitur.]

Syrus (Publilius Syrus) Quotes , Source: Maxims

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