Thursday, 4 October 2012


A conquered foe should be watched. - Edgar Watson Howe

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

A man falling off a cliff to certain death will stretch out a hand even to his worst enemy. - Robert Jordan

A man has no enemy worse than himself. - Cicero

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

Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment. - Andre Maurois

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make them my friends? - Abraham Lincoln

An enemy will train us in watchfulness; for if he be wary to seize on every error and trip us, we shall be more heedful to expose nothing, and this will drive us to prudence and thoughtfulness. - James Vila Blake

Beware of meat twice boil'd, and an old foe reconcil'd. - Benjamin Franklin

By a few soft words and pleasant looks enemies have been made friends, and old attachments renewed that had been annulled for years. - Nicias Ballard Cooksey

Enemies don't fight with such determined passion. That kind of focus is reserved for friends at odds with one another. - Heather Brewer

Enemies make us watchful of ourselves and induce self-examination; for we must argue thus: our foe hates us with reason or without reason; if without reason, then he not really hates us, but some other sort of person for whom he mistakes us; but if with reason, then it is plain we should improve, and remove the reason. - James Vila Blake

Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker. - Frank Herbert

Enemies were teachers in disguise. - Eiji Yoshikawa

Every man is his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner. - Sir Thomas Browne

Fear not, too much, an open enemy; he is consistent – always at his post; But watchful be of him who holds the key of your own heart, and flatters you the most. - Andrew Downing

Fear of an enemy can often blind men to other hazards, not least the shape which they themselves make in the world. - Cormac McCarthy

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. - Petrarca Petrarch

He makes no friends who never made a foe. - Alfred Tennyson

He who has his enemy's love and trust is in a far better position to attack, later, when the time is right. - K. J. Parker

I have only one real and true enemy on earth, and that is myself. - Christian Morgenstern

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

It is easy to crush an enemy outside oneself but impossible to defeat an enemy within. - Eiji Yoshikawa

It is noteworthy that in Japanese pop culture, enemies are not always villains. It is acknowledged that an enemy is simply the person fighting for the other side of the conflict and that if the story were told from his point of view, he would be the hero of the tale. - Robin E. Brenner

It's great to have an enemy. Sharpens your senses. - John Updike

Its hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. - Yogi Sally Kempton

Love your enemies but keep your gun oiled. - Ken Alstad

Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears. - Laird Hamilton

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

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

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy. - E. B. White

Our real enemies are the people who make us feel so good that we are slowly, but inexorably, pulled down into the quicksand of smugness and self-satisfaction. - Sydney Harris

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. - Antisthenes

Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes. - Oliver Goldsmith

The great enemies of intellectual life are superstition, gullibility, and fallacious reasoning. A mere knowledge of facts, important as that is, is no safeguard against these. A conscious desire and resolve to think clearly is the true remedy. - Edward O. Sisson

There is no little enemy. - Benjamin Franklin

What is man's chief enemy? Each man is his own. - Anacharsis Cloots

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. - African Proverb

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. - Eric Hoffer

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

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