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Taking the High Road Quotes

Sayings That Inspire You to Rise Above Arguments


Take the High Road

Taking the high road can prevent you from getting pulled into an argument.

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Taking the high road, or trying to remain civil when other people talk about you or try to lure you into an argument, is sometimes a tough thing to pull off. Perhaps these quotes on taking the high road will inspire you to rise above conflict and focus on the good people in your life instead.

Mia Farrow

“I'm going to take the high road because the low road is so crowded.”

Perhaps the best reason not to get into a he said/she said type of argument is it seems as if that's what everyone does. On the surface, you may question whether anyone handles things with respect anymore.

By this measure, taking the high road will make you stand out from others who go off on Facebook rants, call out friends publicly during tantrums, and behave as if an argument between friends should be broadcast out to the rest of your social group.

Oscar Wilde

"Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing."

We love the humor in Wilde's quotes, but this one certainly rings true in term of the ugliness of arguments. While you shouldn't avoid conflict, there is a way to hammer out your differences with respect.

Anais Nin

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

This quote speaks to reframing the way you see life and friendship. If you think someone is out to get you, that's what you'll see in your friends. If you think someone has good intentions and takes care with their words, that's what you'll see instead of their mistakes. In other words, you can help avoid big blow ups by choosing to see the best in people.

The flip side of this, however, is that while you focus on the positive, you also need to be realistic. You can give a friend the benefit of the doubt, but if a friendship is toxic and unhealthy, you should also know when to move on.

Dale Carnegie

"The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it."

There are two kinds of conflict. In one, you work on things thoughtfully in order to get to a better place in your friendship. In the other, you attack with words, accusations, and assumptions.

This quote refers to avoiding an argument with someone who tries to pull you into a careless shouting match. If you have a problem with a friend, you need to talk about it. But if someone wants to attack without having a purpose for the argument in mind, then you'd probably be better off taking the high road.

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