Fighting Proverbs

Sayings about Fighting

Fighting for your country glorifies death. ~ Russian Proverbs 

A good run is better than a bad fight. ~ Polish Proverbs

When there is no enemy it is safe to fight.  ~ German Proverbs 

The soldiers fight, and the kings are heroes.  ~ Yiddish Proverb

Those who fight with silver spears are sure of their victory. ~ Greek Proverbs

Thirty-six plans of how to win the battle are not as good as one plan to withdraw from the fight. ~ Japanese Proverbs

The person who is cornered will fight. ~ Afghani Proverbs 

The mediator in a fight gets all the blows.  ~ Iranian Proverbs

The lawyer will extend the frontiers of a fight. ~ Japanese Proverb

Pray once if you are going to fight, pray twice if you are going to sail, and pray thrice if you are going to get married. ~ Polish Proverb

It is no use cutting a stick when the fight is over.  ~ Japanese Proverb

In a fight the rich man tries to save his face, the poor man his coat. ~ Russian Proverb

If you want an audience, start a fight. ~ Chinese Proverbs

When the healthy dog fights with a mad dog, it is the ears of the healthy one that are bitten off. ~ Myanmar Proverb

When the big fish fight the shrimps must lie low.  ~ Creole Proverb (Southern U.S.)

When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.  ~ Kikuyu Proverb

When a miller fights with a chimney sweep, the miller gets black and the chimney sweep gets white. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Sit atop the mountain and watch the tigers fight. ~ Chinese Proverb

One cannot part two fighting bulls.  ~ Wolof Proverb

Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero’s heart.  ~ Traditional Proverb

Many people would rather fight for their principles than live up to them. ~ Saying

It’s better to pick a fight with your in-laws than with your neighbors. ~ Indian Proverbs

They who fight with golden weapons are pretty sure to prove they are right. ~ Dutch Proverbs

The house roof fights the rain, but he who is sheltered ignores it. ~ Nigerian Proverbs

If you are going out for a fight leave your best hat at home. ~ Japanese Proverb

If we don’t fight we remain equals, if we do fight then one of us wins. ~ Malagasy Proverb

If the fight is tomorrow, then why should you clench your fist today? ~ Cameroon Proverbs

He that fights and runs away, may live to fight another day. ~ Traditional Proverb

He is truly hungry who accepts defeat in a fight over meat.  ~ Malagasy Proverb

He fights with spirit as well as with the sword. ~ Latin Proverbs

Fight fire with fire.  ~ Traditional Proverb

Fight a wolf with a flex stalk. ~ Chinese Proverb

Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord and it makes you miss him. ~ Irish Proverbs

Dogs that always fight always have bleeding ears. ~ French Proverb

Be first at the feast, and last at the fight. ~ American Indian Proverb

An Irishman is never at his best except when fighting. ~ Irish Proverb

An egg does not fight a rock.  ~ Malagasy Proverb

After the fight both parties give each other a good smack. ~ Japanese Proverb

Advising is often better than fighting. ~ German Proverb

A husband and wife often fight intensely at one moment and then kiss intensely at the next moment. ~ Taiwanese Proverb

A hundred men can sit together quietly but when two dogs get together there will be a fight. ~ Kurdish Proverb

A fight in your neighbor’s house is refreshing.  ~ Indian Proverb

A a good run is better than a bad fight. ~ Irish Proverb

Fighting Proverbs

Quotations about Fighting

When I’m in a bout and I stop fighting to win and start fighting not to lose, I’m almost guaranteed to lose because I quit taking chances. ~ Kelly Williams

We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. ~ Nathanael Greene

Health, happiness and success depend upon the fighting spirit of each person. The big thing is not what happens to us in life — but what we do about what happens to us. ~ George Allen

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. ~ Sun Tzu

Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman’s weapon is her tongue. ~ Hermione Gingold

Women and men have to fight together to change society — and both will benefit. ~ Muriel Fox

Tell me what is right and I will fight for it. ~ Woodrow Wilson

Freedom is not worth fighting for if it means no more than license for everyone to get as much as he can for himself. ~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they? ~ George Carlin

It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. ~ Margaret Thatcher

You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being. ~ Malcolm X

Aggressive fighting for the right is the greatest sport in the world. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

No man can fight his way to the top and stay at the top without exercising the fullest measure of grit, courage, determination, resolution. ~ B.C. Forbes

When I fight someone, I want to break his will. I want to take his manhood. I want to rip out his heart and show it to him. ~ Mike Tyson

To fight fear, act. To increase fear — wait, put off postpone. ~ David J. Schwartz

A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run. ~ Elbert Hubbard

That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms. ~ George Bernard Shaw

When we talk about fighting for our country, we’re talking about our vote, our vote is our arms. ~ Sarah Palin

To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. ~ Sun Tzu

The only way to win is to fight on the side of your adversaries. ~ Francis Picabia

Few things are more delightful than grandchildren fighting over your lap. ~ Doug Larson

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die. ~ John Lennon

Conquer we shall, but, we must first contend! It’s not the fight that crowns us, but the end. ~ Robert Herrick

At twenty a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the world. When he is seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he know he can’t. ~ Rodney Dangerfield

Being scared can keep a man from getting killed, and often makes a better fighter of him. ~ Louis L’Amour

I just want to do what I do best, and that’s fight. I love it. ~ Mike Tyson

No battle is worth fighting except the last one. ~ John Enoch Powell

I never fight, except against difficulties. ~ Helen Keller

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself. ~ George Orwell

We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in. ~ Thomas Paine

A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause. ~ John Dryden

As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

For he that fights and runs away, may live to fight another day, but he, who is in battle slain, can never rise and fight again. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it. ~ Alexandre (the Younger) Dumas

He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious. ~ Sun Tzu

You can’t fight the desert… you have to ride with it. ~ Louis L’Amour

Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. ~ Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

If there be no enemy there’s no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Against necessity, against its strength, no one can fight and win. ~ Aeschylus

People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes. ~ Abigail Van Buren

You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round. ~ James J. Corbett

There is nothing I love as much as a good fight. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve. ~ George Allen

Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it’s be brave or else be killed. ~ Margaret Mitchell

We are twice armed if we fight with faith. ~ Plato

Switzerland is a place where they don’t like to fight, so they get people to do their fighting for them while they ski and eat chocolate. ~ Larry David

You should never have your best trousers on when you turn out to fight for freedom and truth. ~ Henrik Ibsen

There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight. ~ Woodrow T. Wilson

Victories that are easy are cheap. Those only are worth having which come as the result of hard fighting. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning. ~ George Eliot

Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. ~ Herbert Clark Hoover

Where there is a brave man, in the thickest of the fight, there is the post of honor. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning. ~ Erwin Rommel

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog. ~ Mark Twain

You’ve got to keep fighting; you’ve got to risk your life every six months to stay alive. ~ Elia Kazan

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. ~ Sun Tzu

You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand? ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Women are allowed more freedoms and we’re fighting for more freedoms, we’re experiencing more freedoms won. ~ Pam Grier

In the fight between you and the world, back the world. ~ Franz Kafka

The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth. ~ Thomas J. Jackson

The happiest excitement in life is to be convinced that one is fighting for all one is worth on behalf of some clearly seen and deeply felt good, and against some greatly scorned evil. ~ Ruth Benedict

I intend to fight and I want to win. But my priorities are basically to be a good Brother and a strong one, and to try to be a good father one day. ~ Mike Tyson

Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting. ~ Napoleon Hill

One day some guy is going to get a billion-dollar fight. ~ Mike Tyson

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. Men are moved by only two mechanisms: fear and self-interest. Victory belongs to the most persevering. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth. ~ Henrik Ibsen

He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy’s life. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory. ~ Blaise Pascal

I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world. ~ Eugene V. Debs

We’d like to fight but we fear defeat, we’d like to work but we’re feeling too weak, we’d like to be sick but we’d get the sack, we’d like to behave, we’d like to believe, we’d like to love, but we’ve lost the knack. ~ Cecil Day Lewis

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight. ~ Phyllis Diller

Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love. ~ William Butler Yeats

The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. ~ John Stuart Mill

Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. ~ Sun Tzu

One had better die fighting against injustice than die like a dog or a rat in a trap. ~ Ida B. Wells

Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that’s more productive. ~ Donald Trump

When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something. ~ Robert Browning

Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose. ~ Robin Williams

Better to fight for something than live for nothing. ~ George S. Patton

Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight. ~ Bob Marley

When we ask American men and women in uniform to fight for this country and to defend this country’s interest and then to send them overseas, there is no question we have an obligation to protect them and provide for their safety.~ Byron Dorgan

Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. ~ Erica Jong

You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side. ~ William Gladstone

We shall live to fight again, and to strike another blow. ~ Lord Alfred Tennyson

Better that we should die fighting than be outraged and dishonored. Better to die than to live in slavery. ~ Emmeline Pankhurst

When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees. ~ Abraham Lincoln

There is a time for all things; a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away; there is a time to fight, and that time has come! ~ General Peter Muhlenberg

If you can’t fight, and you can’t flee, flow. ~ Robert Eliot

Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You’ll never get out of the jungle that way. ~ Arthur Miller

Peace we want because there is another war to fight: against poverty and disease. ~ Indira Gandhi

The world is a fine place worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it. ~ Ernest Hemingway

A liberal is a man who leaves a room when the fight begins. ~ Heywood Broun

The most important of life’s battles is the one we fight daily in the silent chambers of the soul. ~ David O. McKay

To gain a crown by fighting is great, to reject it divine. ~ Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~ Mohandas Gandhi

The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Don’t fight forces, use them. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once. ~ Samuel Butler

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your tricks of war. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

About the only time losing is more fun than winning is when you’re fighting temptation. ~ Tom Wilson

Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them. ~ Thomas Mann

You can lay down and die, or you can get up and fight, but that’s it — there’s no turning back. ~ Jon English

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~ e. e. cummings

A fighter has to know fear. ~ Cus D’Amato

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