“..when any government measure, no matter how carefully crafted or beneficial, is subject to scorn; when any efforts to help people in need are attacked as un-American; when facts and reason are thrown overboard and only timidity passes for wisdom, and we can no longer even engage in a civil conversation with each other over the things that truly matter – than at that point we don’t merely lose our capacity to solve big problems. We lose something essential about ourselves.”
President B Obama

“An ounce of mediation is worth a pound of arbitration and a ton of litigation”
Joseph Grynbaum

“If necessity is the mother of invention, conflict is its father”
Kenneth Kaye

“My joy was boundless. I had learnt the true practice of law. I had learnt to find out the better side of human nature and to enter men’s hearts. I realized the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder. The lesson was so indelibly burnt into me that a large part of my time during the twenty years of my practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing about private compromises of hundreds of cases. I lost nothing thereby – not even money, certainly not my soul”
Mohandas Gandhi

“Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance.”
Robert Quillen

“The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress”
Joseph Joubert

“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friend. You talk to your enemies”
Moshe Dayon

“Peace cannot be force. It can only be achieved by understanding”
Albert Einstein

“Discourage litigation. Persuade neighbours to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often the real loser in fees, expenses and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of becoming a good (person).”
Abraham Lincoln

“It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason and justice tell me I ought to do”
Edmund Burke

“Are you really listening…or are you just waiting for your turn to talk?”
R Montgomery

“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate”
John F Kennedy

“People who can’t admit they are part of the problem, will never be part of its solution.”
Kenneth Kaye

“The ability to speak eloquently is not to be confused with having something to say.”
Michael P Hart

“We agree completely on everything, including the fact we don’t see eye to eye”
Henry Kissinger