57 Conflict Management Quotes to Help You Handle Conflicts

Conflict management is the process of dealing with disputes and disagreements is a critical aspect of organizational life.

Differences in opinion during brainstorming sessions often lead to healthy debates, sparking innovation and creative solutions.

It challenges teams to view situations from unique perspectives and encourages them to explore more efficient alternatives.

However, if left unresolved, conflict can lead to organizational breakdown, strain interpersonal relationships and harm feelings.


Thus, it is crucial to manage conflicts effectively to foster efficient teamwork.

To guide us through these disputes, the “57 Conflict Management Quotes” provide insights on resolving conflicts and promote a healthier way of handling disagreements.

Top 10 Conflict Management Quotes


Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional. ~ Max Lucado.


You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. ~ Harper Lee.


Listening is not waiting to talk. ~ Scott Ginsberg.

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An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.


An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything. ~ Lynn Johnston.


The lack of conflict is precisely the cause of one of the biggest problems that meetings have: they are boring. ~ Patrick Lencioni.


Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. ~ Ambrose Bierce.


10% of conflicts is due to difference in opinion and 90% is due to wrong tone of voice. ~ Susan Wiertzema.


All conflict can be traced back to someone’s feelings getting hurt, don’t you think? ~ Liane Moriarty.


No one in history has ever been insulted into agreement. ~ Arthur Brooks.

Famous Conflict Management Quotes

It is possible to conceive conflict as not necessarily a wasteful outbreak of incompatibilities, but a normal process by which socially valuable differences register themselves for the enrichment of all concerned. ~ Mary Parker Follett.


You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete. ~ Buckminister Fuller.

Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. ~ William James.

In a conflict, being willing to change allows you to move from a point of view to a viewing point – a higher, more expansive place, from which you can see both sides. ~ Thomas Crum.


Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. ~ Robert Frost.

There are some people who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. Walk away; the battle they are fighting isn’t with you, it is with themselves. ~ Unknown.


Problems rarely exist at the level at which they are expressed. If you are arguing for more than ten minutes then you are probably not discussing the real conflict. ~ Kare Anderson.

Because people aren’t perfect and relationships are messy, we all need to learn how to resolve conflicts. ~ John Maxwell.

Excellent Conflict Management Quotes

Healing is the end of conflict with yourself. ~ Unknown.

Do not kid yourself- a conflict is never about the surface issue. It is about the ones unsaid, untreated and unhealed wounds. ~ Unknown.


Conflict cannot survive without your participation. ~ Wayne Dyer.

Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.
~ Marie Ebner von Eschenbach.

When conflict becomes a win-lose contest in our minds, we immediately try to win. ~ Thomas Crum.


You do not achieve anything without trouble, ever. ~ Margaret Thatcher.

The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way in which we use them. ~ Adriana Doyle.

The risks of the conflict never overwhelmed me, only the fear of marginalization. ~ Marie Benedict.


Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be. ~ Wayne Dyer.

Inspiring Conflict Management Quotes

The most important thing in any negotiation, almost, is making sure that you strip it of the emotion and deal with the fact. ~ Howard Baker.

90% of relationship issues are caused by misunderstandings, 9.9% by conflicts of interest. Luckily, ladies and gentlemen can always come to an agreement. ~ Stefan Emunds.


Empathy is the key to negotiating and resolving conflict. ~ Arthur P. Ciaramicoli.

You can’t talk your way out of something you behaved your way into. You have to behave your way out of it. ~ Doug Conant.

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict is getting rid of diversity, and it is of utmost importance that these should not be considered the same. We may wish to abolish conflict, but we cannot get rid of diversity. Fear of difference is fear of life itself. ~ Mary Parker Follett.


If war is the violent resolution of conflict, then peace is not the absence of conflict, but rather, the ability to resolve conflict without violence. ~ C.T. Lawrence Butler.

People are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of them. ~ Epictetus.

Best Conflict Management Quotes


Silence isn’t always agreement. Sometimes people no longer argue because they no longer care. ~ Joyce Rachelle.

If I, taking care of everyone’s interests, also take care of my own, you can’t talk about a conflict of interest. ~ Silvio Berlusconi.

When introverts are in conflict with each other, it may require a map in order to follow all the silences, nonverbal cues, and passive-aggressive behaviors! ~ Adam S. McHugh.

The problem with holding a grudge is that your hands are then too full to hold onto anything else. ~ Seth Godin.


Conflict can destroy a team, which hasn’t spent time learning to deal with it. ~ Thomas Isgar.

Peace is not absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. ~ Ronald Reagan.


Marriage means expectations and expectations mean conflict. ~ Paxton Blair.

Inspirational Conflict Management Quotes

Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it. ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Democracy is, in essence, a form of non-violent conflict management. If war is the worst enemy of development, healthy and balanced development is the best form of conflict prevention. ~ Kofi Annan.


Never ascribe to an opponent motive meaner than your own. ~ John M. Barrie.

The more incompetent one feels, the more eager he is to fight. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Today everything’s a conflict of interest. ~ Sid Vicious.


Don’t be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with, the wind. ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie.

You can’t win an argument. You can’t because if you lose it, you lose it; and if you win it, you lose it. ~ Dale Carnegie.

To practice the process of conflict resolution, we must completely abandon the goal of getting people to do what we want. ~ Marshall B. Rosenberg.

The quality of our lives depends not on whether or not we have conflicts, but on how we respond to them. ~ Thomas Crum.


If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. ~ Benjamin Franklin.

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ~ Benjamin Franklin.


I don’t think anyone ever gets completely used to conflict. If it’s not a little uncomfortable, then it’s not real. The key is to keep doing it anyway. ~ Patrick Lencioni.

When you run for president, you have certain obligations. One of them would be to avoid even the appearance of conflicts of interest. ~ Charles Schumer.

So these were the 57 top quotes about Conflict Management.

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