What I ascribed to do, and I did quite well, is every time I came into an adversarial situation, I decided to take control of it so that if a guy came up to me and tried to give me a bad day, I made sure that he was the one who left with the […]
Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.
No doubt there are other important things in life besides conflict, but there are not many other things so inevitably interesting. The very saints interest us most when we think of them as enganged in a conflict with the Devil.
Yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. […]
The need for politics arises when some action of public consequence becomes necessary and when men must thus make a public choice that is reasonable in the face of conflict despite the absence of an independent ground of judgment.
To be desperate is to discover strength. We die of comfort and by conflict live.
Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.
If you’ve spent much time around the newly graduated, you’ll find something striking about this younger generation. They have a new religion. It’s called “sensitivity.” There are plenty of things wrong in human conduct, but by far the greatest sin is “insensitivity.” Anything that could faintly unsettle, upset, disturb, unnerve or discombobulate another person according […]
All men have an instinct for conflict: at least, all healthy men.
If you’re the boss and your people fight you openly when they think you’re wrong – that’s healthy. If your men fight each other openly in your presence for what they believe in – that’s healthy. But keep all the conflict eyeball to eyeball.