it takes two to make a quarrel

it takes two to make a quarrel

1706 J. STEVENS Spanish & English Dict. s.v. Barajar, When one will not, two do not Quarrel.

1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 4942 There must be two at least to a Quarrel.

1859 H. KINGSLEY Geoffrey Hamlyn II. xiii. It takes two to make a quarrel, Cecil, and I will not be one.

1979 Times 3 Dec. 13 If it were not for the truism that it takes at least two to make a quarrel, the French and the Germans..could fairly claim that the fault lay wholly with the United Kingdom.


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