Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
The fire goes out when the wood is consumed. Likewise, contention ends when busybodies and gossips have no news to tell.
Contentious people always infect others. Contentious seniors have created contentious juniors waiting for the seniors to die so they can rise to prominence. Therefore, the contentiousness continues even after the first generation of contentious people dies.
A lying tongue hates those it crushes, and a flattering mouth works ruin.