People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
Abigail Van Buren.
Stan Mikita, a professional hockey star, used to get into a lot of fights during games.
He stopped when his eight-year-old daughter asked a very grown-up question: "How can
you score goals when you're always in the penalty box, Daddy?
Bits & Pieces, July, 1990, p. 19.
In quarreling, the truth is always lost.
A couple of navy stories may help illustrate the sad result of internal strife and the
positive result of unity. Two battleships met in the night and began to attack each other.
In the conflict, a number of crewmen were severely wounded, and both vessels were damaged.
As daylight broke, the sailors on the ships discovered to their amazement that both
vessels flew the English flag. Many years earlier, just before the battle of Trafalgar in
1805, the British naval hero Lord Nelson learned that an admiral and a captain in his
fleet were not on good terms. Sending for the two men, he placed the hands of the admiral
and the captain together. Then, looking them both in the face, he said, "Look--yonder
is the enemy!"