Enemies Quotes

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Never declare anyone your opponent – lots of times the people we think are our enemies, are not, and it's just a one way street. Just assume you don't have enemies.
Kids only pick fights with kids of their age and size. We only make enemies that we're capable of taking on. Goes to show how fictional and chosen our "enemies" are.
In all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.


Who can refute a sneer?
All our foes are mortal.
There is no little enemy.
— French proverb

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Enemies are so stimulating.
Even a paranoid can have enemies.
We have met the enemy and he is us.
Do de other feller, befo' he do you.
When the cat dies, the mice rejoice.
— African proverb

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He that is not with me is against me.
— Matthew 12:30


Resist trying to impress your enemies.
Praises from an enemy imply real merit.

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Enemies' promises were made to be broken.
An enemy slaughters, a friend distributes.
— African proverb

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A powerful friend becomes a powerful enemy.
— African proverb

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It is said we learn truth from our enemies.
One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
Be thine enemy an ant, see in him an elephant.
— Turkish proverb

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Forget your opponents; always play against par.
To insult your foes, don't try to win arguments.

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Love your enemies for they tell you your faults.


Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.


A friend is a man who has the same enemies you have.


If your enemy turns to flee, give him a silver bridge.


An intelligent enemy is better than an ignorant friend.
— African proverb

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Enemies to me are the sauce piquante to my dish of life.
You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.
Always forgive your enemies—nothing annoys them so much.


A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I'm slipping.
Great men gain doubly when they make foes their friends.
Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.
I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.

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One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

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Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

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What is an imaginary friend?  Are there also imaginary enemies?
If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him.


Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.


The most dangerous enemy in the world is the one you do not recognize.
In order to love your enemies, you must begin by analyzing [ your ] self.
Do not fear when your enemies criticize you. Beware when they applaud you.


To see your enemy and know him is a part of the complete education of man.
Our enemy is by tradition our savior, in preventing us from superficiality.
Old enemies and new friends can't harm you; new enemies and old friends can.


I'm lonesome.  They are all dying.  I have hardly a warm personal enemy left.
I make enemies deliberately.  They are the sauce piquante to my dish of life.
Who despises an insignificant enemy resembles him who is careless about fire.
The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles mine.
Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.

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The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.


I bring out the worst in my enemies and that's how I get them to defeat themselves.
A friend cannot be known in prosperity: and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.
— Ecclesiasticus 12:8

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I like to have a real enemy to fight. It gives me something I can get my teeth into.
One must know one's enemy as he is, not as one, for whatever motives, wishes him to be.
Never let yourself hate any person.  It is the most devastating weapon of one's enemies.


People wish their enemies dead—but I do not; I say give them the gout, give them the stone!
Man's chief enemy and danger is his own unruly nature and the dark forces pent up within him.
You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea.
Everyone needs a warm personal enemy or two to keep him free of rust in the movable parts of the mind.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill.  Our antagonist is our helper.

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Lifelong enemies are, I think, as hard to make and as important to one's well-being as lifelong friends.
Never completely encircle your enemy.  Leave him some escape, for he will fight even more desperately if trapped.
A man with a career can have no time to waste upon his wife and friends; he has to devote it wholly to his enemies.
I don't have a warm personal enemy left.  They've all died off.  I miss them terribly because they helped define me.
Make sure your enemies keep complaining about you — ideally bringing a different thing every time they voice a complaint.
The space in a needle's eye is sufficient for two friends, but the whole world is scarcely big enough to hold two enemies.
I do not regret one professional enemy I have made.  Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.
To avoid slackening and receding as you age, you must keep making new intelligent enemies, assuming you are lucky enough to find them.
The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.


As the sutra says, a parasite in the lion's bowels will devour the lion. A man of great fortune cannot be ruined by his enemies but only by those close to him.
The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opposition than from his fervent supporters.
I see
and I hear
and I speak no evil;
I carry
no malice
within my breast;
yet quite without
a man to the Devil
one may be
to hope for the best.
Discover the element of good in your enemy. And as you seek to hate him, find the center of goodness and place your attention there and you will take a new attitude.


I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.


I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies.  The real person springs to life under a sting even better than under a caress.
Men strive for peace, but it is their enemies that give them strength, and I think if man no longer had enemies, he would have to invent them, for his strength only grows from struggle.
Incidentally, it helps to have enemies. While love is a beautiful emotion, far more empires have been built, books written, wrongs righted, fights won, and ambitions realized out of vengeful desire to prove some critic wrong, or existential dread of some perceived enemy, than all the love in the world. Love is grand, but hate and fear last longer.