Enemies

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  • He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,
    And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.
    • Ali, A Hundred Sayings.
  • There is only one thing more useful in politics than having the right friends, and that is having the right enemies.
    • Anonymous, Economist 375: 8432 (June 25, 2005), p. 84.
  • 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.
    • Aesop, "The Eagle and the Arrow".
  • I tell thee, be not rash; a golden bridge
    is for a flying enemy.
  • J'ai toujours fait une prière à Dieu, qui est fort courte. La voici: Mon Dieu, rendez nos ennemis bien ridicules! Dieu m'a exaucé.
    • I always made one prayer to God, a very short one. Here it is: "O Lord, make our enemies quite ridiculous!" God granted it.
    • Voltaire in a Letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville (1767-05-16).
  • The wise person finds enemies more useful than the fool does friends.

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  • The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
  • We can learn even from our enemies.
  • If you love your enemies, you won't have any.
  • Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment.
  • Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
  • I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!
  • Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.
  • My enemy is my teacher. From them I can learn patience and restraint.
  • Lord have mercy on my enemies, cause I sure as hell won't.
  • Keep your friends close, your enemies closer
    • Sun Tzu, Chinese general & military strategist
  • I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you.
  • Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.
  • If you go looking for enemies then you will find them — the fucking bastards!
  • You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
  • Be a better person; make your enemies happy by giving them more reasons to hate you.

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