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I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something sometime in your life.

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

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.

In the End we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.

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

A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

Don’t explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you.

Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.

The enemy is only a pretext to test our strength.

Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

The great defense against the air menace is to attack the enemy's aircraft as near as possible to their point of departure.

A man cannot speak to his son but as a father, to his wife but as a husband, to his enemy but upon terms, whereas a friend may speak as the case requires, and not as it sorteth with the person.

Better is the enemy of good.

It is lamentable that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.

Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued. While there is flesh, there is money or the want of money, but money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order.

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.

Friends are sometimes boring, but enemies never.

Mason Cooley

Memory is man's greatest friend and worst enemy.

Gilbert Parker

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.

Sun Tzu

If we know that our own men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the enemy is not open to attack, we have gone only halfway towards victory.

Sun Tzu

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.

Ronald Reagan

Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and you know yourself your victory will not stand in doubt, if you now Heaven and you know Earth you may make your victory complete.

Sun Tzu

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

J. K. Rowling

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

William Blake

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.

Oscar Wilde

Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.

Ambrose Bierce

Faith activates God - Fear activates the Enemy.

If ignorant, both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.

Sun Tzu

No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.

Francis of Assisi

If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.

Sun Tzu

At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.

Soren Kierkegaard

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.

Sun Tzu

In taking revenge a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over he is superior.

Francis Bacon

Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.

Sun Tzu

A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.

Abraham Lincoln

It is a man's own mind not his enemy or foe that lures him to evil ways.


A friend is nothing but a known enemy.

Kurt Cobain

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.

Bette Davis

Never yield to force, never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Winston Churchill

Self-pity is our worst enemy, and if we yield to it we can never do anything wise in this world.

Helen Keller

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression, for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Thomas Paine

A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

Oscar Wilde

A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.

Friedrich Schiller

No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.

Niccolo Machiavelli

In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact, to shatter and destroy it is not so good.

Sun Tzu

Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good.


It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.

Mahatma Gandhi

No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.

Colin Powell

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles criminals enemies or capitalists for the same reasons.

C. S. Lewis

Foe means enemy. Now will we have differences of opinion with the Russians? Yes. Will they get mad at us from time to time and we get mad at them? That's part of the normal diplomatic relations.

Colin Powell

Seek Love in the pity of others' woe, In the gentle relief of another's care, In the darkness of night and the winter's snow, In the naked and outcast seek Love there!

William Blake

An excellent man, he has no enemies, and none of his friends like him.

Oscar Wilde

He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.


Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Napoleon Bonaparte

No enemy is worse than bad advice.


When we turn to one another for counsel, we reduce the number of our enemies.

Kahlil Gibran

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.

Mahatma Gandhi

'Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.

William Shakespeare

Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.

Ray Bradbury

If there be no enemy, there's no fight. If no fight, no victory, and if no victory there is no crown.

Thomas Carlyle

If you want to make peace with your enemy you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Nelson Mandela

When I hear music I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times and to the latest.

In all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.

Oscar Wilde

I am the cause of all my upsets. I am my worst enemy.

Chuck Palahniuk

A distant enemy is always preferable to one at the gate.

Emile M. Cioran

A man who was completely innocent offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.

Mahatma Gandhi

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.

Mark Twain

Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.

Mahatma Gandhi

But this is a true saying among men: the gifts of enemies are no gifts and profitless.


No, I'm no enemy to learning, it hurts not me.

William Congreve

No one will ever win the battle of the sexes, there's too much fraternizing with the enemy.

Love thine enemies because they are the instruments to your destiny.

Joseph Campbell

No matter how enmeshed a commander becomes in the elaboration of his own thoughts, it is sometimes necessary to take the enemy into account.

Winston Churchill

It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle or by degrees, the consequences will be the same.

Thomas Paine

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

John F. Kennedy

Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.

Henry Miller

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

Thomas Jefferson

Overstraining is the enemy of accomplishment. Calm strength that arises from a deep and inexhaustible source is what brings success.

Desire is the worst enemy, it ruins many a human life. Desire, when fulfilled, breeds further desire.

Sai Baba

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

Oscar Wilde

God's angels often protect his servants from potential enemies.

Billy Graham

Go up close to your friend but do not go over to him! We should also respect the enemy in our friend.

Friedrich Nietzsche

It pays to know the enemy - not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.

Margaret Thatcher

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.

Mahatma Gandhi

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.

Orson Welles

A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies


Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.

Sun Tzu

The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.


Air power can either paralyze the enemy's military action, or compel him to devote to the defense of his bases and communications a share of his straitened resources, far greater that what we need in the attack.

Winston Churchill

There is no disgrace in an enemy suffering ill at an enemy's hand, when you hate mutually.


Know your enemy and know yourself, and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.

Sun Tzu

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.

Oscar Wilde

I'm a sworn enemy of convention. I despise the conventional in anything, even the arts.

Hedy Lamarr

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

James Madison

It is certain in any case that ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

James Arthur Baldwin

He is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy, whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy and is afraid of solitude


Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy, profit from folly rather than participate in it.

Warren Buffett

I tell thee be not rash, a golden bridge Is for a flying enemy.

Lord Byron

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.

William Shakespeare

We learn our virtues from our friends who love us, our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.

Jean Paul

Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves, than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.

For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards.

Sun Tzu

Conservatives believe in providing Constitutional rights to our citizens, not to enemy combatants like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Mitt Romney

What man defy the devil. Consider he's an enemy to mankind.

It will have blood they say, blood will have blood.

War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy to accomplish our will.

Barack Obama's enemies are the people who make this country work. Barack Obama's enemies are those who succeed. Those are the people whose income he wants to redistribute. Those are the people whose income he wants to take using the power and the force of the federal government to do it.

Rush Limbaugh

It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.

Sun Tzu

But whoever gives birth to useless children, what would you say of him, except that he has bred sorrows for himself and furnishes laughter for his enemies.