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  Be mild toward the wretched, but stern towards an enemy.  
 -  Irish proverb
  

  He who conquers his anger conquers an enemy.  
 -  German proverb
  

  He cannot be a friend to anyone who is his own enemy.  
 -  French proverb
  

  Even though you become the enemy of a good man, don't become the friend of a bad man.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him.  
 -  English proverb
  

  A guilty conscience is the enemy within.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  He that has no enemies has no friends.  
 -  English proverb
  

  You may find your worst enemy or best friend in yourself.  
 -  English proverb
  

  Better that my enemy should see good in me than I should see evil in him.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  If you wish to have no enemy, do not lend.  
 -  Philippine proverb
  

  The surest way to make enemies is to have too many friends.  
 -  American proverb
  

  Never trust much to a new friend or an old enemy.  
 -  Scottish proverb
  

  An enemy will give in, but a friend will argue.  
 -  Russian proverb
  

  He who has three enemies must agree with two.  
 -  German proverb
  

  A weapon is an enemy even to its owner.  
 -  Guatemalan proverb
  

  Trust your best friend as you would your worst enemy.  
 -  Mexican proverb
  

  An old enemy never becomes a friend.  
 -  Greek proverb
  

  Misfortune tests friends, and detects enemies.  
 -  Eskimo proverb
  

  Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake.  
 -  Arabic proverb
  

  An open enemy is preferable to a hidden friend.  
 -  Turkish proverb
  

  Better to drink the weak tea of a friend than the sweet wine of an enemy.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Who's a hero? He who turns his enemy into his friend.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  When your enemy retreats, make him a golden bridge.  
 -  Dutch proverb
  

  He is an enemy who slanders one's name.  
 -  African proverb, Yoruba
  

  If a man has no enemies, fortune has ignored him.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  When a man has no one to play with he plays with his enemy.  
 -  African proverb, Annang
  

  My friend tells me of my virtue. My enemy notes my faults.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  When your enemy falls, don't rejoice; but don't pick him up either.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  Beware of an enemy, even though he be only an ant.  
 -  Arabic proverb
  

  The poor man's enemies are few, the rich man's friends are even fewer.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  Better a hundred foes outside the home than one enemy within.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  The angry and the weak are their own enemies.  
 -  Russian proverb
  

  An enemy does not sleep.  
 -  French proverb
  

  He that shows a passion tells his enemy where he may hit him.  
 -  American proverb
  

  A friend's envy is worse than an enemy's hatred.  
 -  American proverb
  

  Many are the brave when the enemy flees.  
 -  Italian proverb
  

  Repay your enemy with a favor.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Look to your enemy for a chance to succeed.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Till age six, your son is your master; until ten, he's your servant; until sixteen, a wonderful adviser; from then on, he's either your friend or your enemy.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  Little enemies and little wounds are not to be despised.  
 -  German proverb
  

  Beware of a reconciled enemy.  
 -  French proverb
  

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

  Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be bastards.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  Treat your friend as if he will one day be your enemy, and your enemy as if he will one day be your friend.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.  
 -  Aesop
  

  Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  Conversation is the enemy of good wine and food.  
 -  Alfred Hitchcock
  

  The enemy of a love is never outside, it's not a man or woman, it's what we lack in ourselves.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe.  
 -  Andrew Jackson
  

  Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.  
 -  Antisthenes
  

  My instinct is to win, eliminate anyone who is in the competition, destroy my enemy and move on without any kind of hesitation at all.  
 -  Arnold Schwarzenegger
  

  What is best in life: Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!  
 -  Arnold Schwarzenegger, Conan the Barbarian
  

  The wise man draws more advantage from his enemies than the fool from his friends.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Promises may get you friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging one makes you but even with him; forgiving it sets you above him.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The investor's chief problem – and even his worst enemy – is likely to be himself.  
 -  Benjamin Graham
  

  I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  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
  

  Your worst enemy could be your best friend and your best friend your worst enemy.  
 -  Bob Marley
  

  Religion can be the enemy of God. It's often what happens when God, like Elvis, has left the building.  
 -  Bono
  

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

  If you can not win, make the enemy pay a steep price for victory.  
 -  Carlson Gracie
  

  The enemies of the future are always the very nicest people.  
 -  Christopher Morley
  

  I don't have a warm personal enemy left. They've all died off. I miss them terribly because they helped define me.  
 -  Clare Boothe Luce
  

  Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy - the mother.  
 -  Claudette Colbert
  

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

  The foundation of the Buddha's teachings lies in compassion, and the reason for practicing the teachings is to wipe out the persistence of ego, the number one enemy of compassion.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.  
 -  Desmond Tutu
  

  Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.  
 -  Eckhart Tolle
  

  People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.  
 -  Elbert Hubbard
  

  From mine enemy let me defend myself; from a pretended friend, good lord deliver me.  
 -  Elizabeth I
  

  My cousin died. He was stung by a wasp - the natural enemy of the tightrope walker.  
 -  Emo Philips
  

  Man's chief enemy is his own unruly nature and the dark forces put up within him.  
 -  Ernest Jones
  

  Comfort is the enemy of achievement.  
 -  Farrah Gray
  

  There is but one means to extenuate the effects of enemy fire: it is to develop a more violent fire oneself.  
 -  Ferdinand Foch
  

  Bless your enemy, and you rob him of his ammunition. His arrows will be transmuted into blessings.  
 -  Florence Scovel Shinn
  

  It is not necessary to have enemies if you go out of your way to make friends hate you.  
 -  Frank Dane
  

  Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.  
 -  Frank Sinatra
  

  Fear is the enemy of logic.  
 -  Frank Sinatra
  

  There is no stronger bond of friendship than a mutual enemy.  
 -  Frankfort Moore
  

  I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.  
 -  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  

  The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome.  
 -  George R. R. Martin
  

  Give me honorable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I'll sleep more easily by night.  
 -  George R. R. Martin
  

  My flanks are something for the enemy to worry about, not me. Before he finds out where my flanks are, I'll be cutting the bastard's throat.  
 -  George S. Patton
  

  May God have mercy for my enemies because I won't.  
 -  George S. Patton
  

  There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time.  
 -  George S. Patton
  

  Nothing would more contribute to make a man wise, than to have always an enemy in his view.  
 -  George Savile
  

  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.  
 -  George Washington
  

  Our inflation, our public enemy number one, will, unless whipped, destroy our country, our homes, our liberties, our property and finally our national pride as surely as will any well-armed wartime energy.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  I have always believed that most people are mostly good, most of the time. I have never mistaken moderation for weakness, nor civility for surrender. As far as I'm concerned, there are no enemies in politics - just temporary opponents who might vote with you on the next Roll Call.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  All government, in its essence, is organized exploitation, and in virtually all of its existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and well-disposed man.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.  
 -  Helen Keller
  

  The most dangerous enemy of the truth and freedom amongst us is the compact majority.  
 -  Henrik Ibsen
  

  Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.  
 -  Henry Kissinger
  

  No man should ever display his bravery unless he is prepared for battle, nor bear the marks of defiance, until he has experienced the abilities of his enemy.  
 -  Hitopadesa
  

  The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome.  
 -  George R. R. Martin
  

  Give me honorable enemies rather than ambitious ones, and I'll sleep more easily by night.  
 -  George R. R. Martin
  

  My flanks are something for the enemy to worry about, not me. Before he finds out where my flanks are, I'll be cutting the bastard's throat.  
 -  George S. Patton
  

  May God have mercy for my enemies because I won't.  
 -  George S. Patton
  

  There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time.  
 -  George S. Patton
  

  Nothing would more contribute to make a man wise, than to have always an enemy in his view.  
 -  George Savile
  

  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.  
 -  George Washington
  

  Our inflation, our public enemy number one, will, unless whipped, destroy our country, our homes, our liberties, our property and finally our national pride as surely as will any well-armed wartime energy.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  I have always believed that most people are mostly good, most of the time. I have never mistaken moderation for weakness, nor civility for surrender. As far as I'm concerned, there are no enemies in politics - just temporary opponents who might vote with you on the next Roll Call.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  All government, in its essence, is organized exploitation, and in virtually all of its existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and well-disposed man.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.  
 -  Helen Keller
  

  The most dangerous enemy of the truth and freedom amongst us is the compact majority.  
 -  Henrik Ibsen
  

  Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There's too much fraternizing with the enemy.  
 -  Henry Kissinger
  

  No man should ever display his bravery unless he is prepared for battle, nor bear the marks of defiance, until he has experienced the abilities of his enemy.  
 -  Hitopadesa
  

  The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters - and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.  
 -  Jacques-Yves Cousteau
  

  He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. Doubt has killed more splendid projects, shattered more ambitious schemes, strangled more effective geniuses, neutralized more superb efforts, blasted more fine intellects, thwarted more splendid ambitions than any other enemy of the human race.  
 -  James Allen
  

  Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.  
 -  Jonathan Swift
  

  You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.  
 -  Joseph Conrad
  

  Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.  
 -  Joseph Conrad
  

  It is said that fear is man's greatest enemy. Fear is behind failure, sickness, and poor human relations. Millions of people are afraid of the past, the future, old age, insanity, and death. Fear is a thought in your mind, and you are afraid of your own thoughts.  
 -  Joseph Murphy
  

  Better make a weak man your enemy than your friend.  
 -  Josh Billings
  

  And God said, 'Love your enemy,' and I obeyed Him and loved myself.  
 -  Kahlil Gibran
  

  Enemies are so stimulating.  
 -  Katharine Hepburn
  

  To get rid of an enemy one must love him.  
 -  Leo Tolstoy
  

  The scamp will be the last and most formidable enemy of dictatorships. He will be the champion of human dignity and individual freedom, and will be the last to be conquered. All modern civilization depends entirely upon him.  
 -  Lin Yutang
  

  You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you.  
 -  Lisa Kleypas
  

  Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner, but at the same time let them feel, the steadiness of your resentment.  
 -  Lord Chesterfield
  

  You get your freedom by letting your enemy know that you'll do anything to get it. Then you'll get it. It's the only way you'll get it.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  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
  

  May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.  
 -  Marianne Williamson
  

  The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles me.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Good taste is the enemy of comedy.  
 -  Mel Brooks
  

  In fighting and in everyday life you should be determined through calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit.  
 -  Miyamoto Musashi
  

  The important thing in strategy is to suppress the enemy's useful actions but allow his useless actions.  
 -  Miyamoto Musashi
  

  The way of strategy is the way of nature. When you appreciate the power of nature, knowing the rhythm of any situation, you will be able to hit the enemy naturally and strike naturally.  
 -  Miyamoto Musashi
  

  You win battles by knowing the enemy's timing, and using a timing which the enemy does not expect.  
 -  Miyamoto Musashi
  

  In large-scale strategy, it is beneficial to strike at the corners of the enemy's force; if the corners are overthrown, the spirit of the whole body will be overthrown.  
 -  Miyamoto Musashi
  

  Never tell your enemy he is doing the wrong thing.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

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

  When you have an enemy in your power, deprive him of the means of ever injuring you.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Trusting no man as his friend, he could not recognize his enemy when the latter actually appeared.  
 -  Nathaniel Hawthorne
  

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

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

  It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.  
 -  Niccolo Machiavelli
  

  Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Bear patiently with a rival.  
 -  Ovid
  

  Right it is to be taught even by the enemy.  
 -  Ovid
  

  The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.  
 -  Pablo Picasso
  

  A man with no enemies is a man with no character.  
 -  Paul Newman
  

  The best way to know and destroy an enemy is to pretend to become his friend.  
 -  Paulo Coelho
  

  We ought so to behave to one another as to avoid making enemies of our friends, and at the same time to make friends of our enemies.  
 -  Pythagoras
  

  A blow from your friend is better than a kiss from your enemy.  
 -  Pythagoras
  

  Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind, it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate.  
 -  Robert A. Heinlein
  

  Nothing is stable in the realm of power, and even closest of friends can be transformed into the worst of enemies.  
 -  Robert Greene
  

  Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.  
 -  Ronald Reagan
  

  It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.  
 -  Sally Kempton
  

  In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.  
 -  Sir Francis Bacon
  

  Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.  
 -  Sir Isaac Newton
  

  Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple.  
 -  Sir Richard Branson
  

  You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.  
 -  Sir Winston Churchill
  

  Money can't buy you friends but you get a better class of enemy.  
 -  Spike Milligan
  

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

  The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.  
 -  Stephen Hawking
  

  Only enemies speak the truth. Friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.  
 -  Stephen King
  

  Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.  
 -  Sun Tzu
  

  To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.  
 -  Sun Tzu
  

  Subtle and insubstantial, the expert leaves no trace; divinely mysterious, he is inaudible. Thus he is master of his enemy's fate.  
 -  Sun Tzu
  

  If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.  
 -  Sun Tzu
  

  What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.  
 -  Sun Tzu
  

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

  To know your enemy, you must become your enemy.  
 -  Sun Tzu
  

  It is a pitiful fortune that is not without enemies.  
 -  Syrus
  

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

  Persons are not known by intellect alone, not by principles alone, but only by love. It is when we love the other, the enemy, that we obtain from God the key to an understanding of who he is, and who we are.  
 -  Thomas Merton
  

  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
  

  Man is not the enemy of man but through the medium of a false system of government.  
 -  Thomas Paine
  

  Do what you love and you'll stop being your own worst enemy.  
 -  Tommy Newberry
  

  I'd rather have honest enemies than fake friends.  
 -  Unknown
  

  When two people in love breakup, they cant be friends as they hurt each other. They cant be enemies as once they loved each other. The only thing they can be is to be the most familiar strangers!  
 -  Unknown
  

  When you become successful,you will get many false friends and true enemies.  
 -  Unknown
  

  It's amazing how fast your best friend can turn into your mutual enemy in a matter of seconds.  
 -  Unknown
  

  An honest enemy is always better than a friend who lies. Pay less attention to what people say and more attention to what they do. Their actions will show you the truth!  
 -  Unknown
  

  Its funny how enemies seem to stick around longer than friends.  
 -  Unknown
  

  I told God protect me from my Enemies and I started losing Friends.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Don't fear the enemy who attacks you .. Fear the fake friend who hugs you.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Our friends abandon us only too easily, and our enemies are implacable.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  The best is the enemy of the good.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.  
 -  Walt Whitman
  

  Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends. They're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights!  
 -  Warren Gamaliel Harding