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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 ]

Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good, but who have done good to thee.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

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.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

None but yourself who are your greatest foe.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Michael Angelo
         (pt. II, 3)

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
      - Martin Luther

It is with many enterprises as with striking fire; we do not meet with success except by reiterated efforts, and often at the instant when we despaired of success.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

We pray for our enemies; we seek to persuade those who hate us without cause to live conformably to the goodly precepts of Christ, that they may become partakers with us of the joyful hope of blessings from God, the Lord of all.
      - St. Justin Martyr

My nearest
  And dearest enemy.
      - Thomas Middleton,
        Anything for a Quiet Life (act V, sc. 1)

What boots it at one gate to make defence,
  And at another to let in the foe?
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 560)

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

True wisdom, in general, consists in energetic determination.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

You must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king; and . . . you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.
      - Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson,
        Life of Nelson (ch. 3)

How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The world is large when its weary leagues two loving hearts divide;
  But the world is small when your enemy is loose on the other side.
      - John Boyle O'Reilly, LL.D., Distance

It is from our enemies that we often gain excellent maxims, and are frequently surprised into reason by their mistakes.
      - Thomas Paine

A man selects his enemies, his friends make themselves, and from these friends he is apt to suffer.
      - Donn Platt

The man who has no enemies has no following.
      - Donn Platt

Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them.
      - Plutarch

Invented by the calumniating enemy.
  [Fr., Invente par le caloumnateur ennemy.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel
         (bk. III, 11)

Artifice is allowable in deceiving a rival; we may employ everything against our enemies.
  [Lat., Pour tromper un rival l'artifice est permis;
    On peut tout employer contre ses ennemis.]
      - Armand Jean du Plessis Duc de Richelieu,
        Les Tuileries

It is the enemy whom we do not suspect who is the most dangerous.
      - Fernando Rojas

Avoid that which an enemy tells you to do; for if you follow his advice, you will smite your, knees with the hand of sorrow. If he shows you a road straight as an arrow, turn from it and go the other way.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Inflict not on an enemy every injury in your power, for he may afterwards become your friend.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

It is better to break off a thousand friendships, than to endure the sight of a single enemy.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

When you see discord amongst the troops of your enemy, be of good courage; but if they are united, then be upon your guard. When you see contention amongst your enemies, go and sit at ease with your friends; but when you see them of one mind, string your bow, and place stones upon the ramparts.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)


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