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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 ]

Make no enemies; he is insignificant indeed that can do thee no harm.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
      - Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski)

Lands, intersected by a narrow frith,
  Abhor each other. Mountains interpos'd
    Make enemies of nations, who had else,
      Like kindred drops, been mingled into one.
      - William Cowper

Discover the opinion of your enemies, which is commonly the truest; for they will give you no quarter, and allow nothing to complaisance.
      - John Dryden

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,
  And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Translations--From Omar Khayyam

I am persuaded that he who is capable of being a bitter enemy can never possess the necessary virtues that constitute a true friend.
      - Sir Thomas Fitzosborne, William Melmoth

Our enemies will tell the rest with pleasure.
      - Bishop William Fleetwood,
        Preface to Sermons,
        ordered burned by the House of Commons

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.
      - Ian Fleming, Goldfinger,
        said by the character Auric Goldfinger

Everyone needs a warm personal enemy or two to keep him free from rust in the movable parts of his mind.
      - Gene Fowler

Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.
      - Benjamin Franklin

There is no little enemy.
      - Benjamin Franklin

You and I were long friends; you are now my enemy, and I am yours.
      - Benjamin Franklin,
        Letter to William Strahan

A man's enemies have no power to harm him, if he is true to himself and loyal to God.
      - John Bartholomew Gough

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

Never disregard what your enemies say. They may be severe, they may be prejudiced, they may be determined to see only in one direction, but still in that direction see clearly. They do not speak all the truth, but they generally speak the truth from one point of view; so far as that goes, attend to them.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

A certain excess of animal spirits with thoughtless good-humor will often make more enemies than the most deliberate spite and ill-nature, which is on its guard, and strikes with caution and safety.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

One should forgive one's enemies, but not before they are hanged.
      - Heinrich Heine

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

You needn't love your enemy, but if you refrain from telling lies about him, you are doing well enough.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

Who can look down upon the grave even of an enemy, and not feel a compunctious throb, that he should ever have warred with the poor handful of earth that lies mouldering before him!
      - Washington Irving

I have adopted the Roman sentiment, that it is more honorable to save a citizen than to kill an enemy.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The relief of enemies has a tendency to unite mankind in fraternal affection.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
      - Thomas Jones

Wee commonly say of a prodigall man that hee is no man's foe but his owne.
      - Bishop John King, Lecture on Jonas

Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is worth more.
  [Fr., Rien n'est si dangereux qu'un ignorant ami;
    Mieux vaudrait un sage ennemi.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (VIII, 10)


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