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ENEMIES
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[ Also see Abhorrence Adversaries Associates Contention Dissension Foes Friendship Hatred Jealousy Malice Quarrels Revenge Rivalry War ]

His father was no man's friend but his owne, and he (saith the prouerbe) is no man's for else.
      - Thomas Adams, Diseases of the Soul (p. 53)

A friend exaggerates a man's virtues; an enemy inflames his crimes.
      - Joseph Addison

Plutarch has written an essay on the benefits which a man may receive from his enemies; and among the good fruits of enmity, mentions this in particular, that by the reproaches which it casts upon us, we see the worst side of ourselves.
      - Joseph Addison

We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
      - Aesop

Though all things do to harm him what they can,
  No greater en'my to himself than man.
      - William Alexander, Earl of Stirling

The fine and noble way to kill a foe
  Is not to kill him; you with kindness may
    So change him, that he shall cease to be so;
      Then he's slain.
      - Aleyn

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.
      - Antisthenes

Men of sense often learn from their enemies. Prudence is the best safeguard. This principle cannot be learned from a friend, but an enemy extorts it immediately. It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war. And this lesson saves their children, their homes, and their properties.
      - Aristophanes

He has no enemy, you say;
  My friend your boast is poor,
    He who hath mingled in the fray
      Of duty that the brave endure
        Must have made foes. If he has none
          Small is the work that he has done.
            He has hit no traitor on the hip;
              Has cast no cup from perjured lip;
                Has never turned the wrong to right;
                  Has been a coward in the fight.
      - Alexander Anton von Auersperg (used pseudonym Anastasius Grun),
        a free translation

You talk to your enemies, not just your friends.
      - James Baker

The Police and the Society of Jesus posses in common the virtue of never forsaking their enemies as friends.
      - Honore de Balzac

Our friends, the enemy.
  [Fr., Nos amis, les ennemis.]
      - Pierre Jean de Beranger,
        L'Opinion de ces Demoiselles

It is better to decide a difference between enemies than friends, for one of our friends will certainly become an enemy and one of our enemies a friend.
      - Bias of Priene

They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. LXXII, v. 9)

Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
      - Bible, Romans (ch. XII, v. 20)

They love him, gentlemen, and they respect him, not only for himself, but for his character, for his integrity and judgment
  and iron will; but they love him most for the enemies he has made.
      - General Edward Stuyvesant Bragg,
        in a nominating speech for Cleveland at the Democratic Convention of 1884

Yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Every man is his own greatest enemy, and as it were his own executioner.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici

Whatever the number of a man's friends, there will be times in his life when he has one too few; but if he has only one enemy, he is lucky indeed if he has not one too many.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        What Will He Do With It?
         (bk. IX, ch. III, introduction)

A man who makes no enemies is never a positive force.
      - Simon Cameron

Some men are more beholden to their bitterest enemies than to friends who appear to be sweetness itself. The former frequently tell the truth, but the latter never.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

A weak Invention of the Enemy.
      - Colley Cibber, Richard III (act V, sc. 3)

Man is his own worst enemy.
  [Lat., Nihil inimicius quam sibi ipse.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Epistoloe ad Atticum (X, 12a, sec. III)

Let our friends perish, provided that our enemies fall at the same time.
  [Lat., Pereant amici, dum una inimici intercidant.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Oratio Pro Rege Deitaro (IX)

If you want enemies, excel others; if you want friends, let others excel you.
      - Charles Caleb Colton


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