A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.Both passages point to the utter divisiveness of disputes. When we get so caught up in our own ego-driven desires, this leads to conflict with our fellow brothers and sisters.
~ King James version ~
After a bitter quarrel, some resentment must remain.
What can one do about it?
Therefore the sage keeps his half of the bargain
But does not exact his due.
~ from Verse 79 of the Tao Te Ching ~
The best way to deal with bitter quarrels is not to get into them in the first place!
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