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Quotations: Enemies Can Instruct

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The Wise Make Use of Their Enemies

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” —Author disputed


Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“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

“A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.” —Baltasar Gracian

“Always forgive your enemies—nothing annoys them so much.” —Oscar Wilde

“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

“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

“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” —Woodrow Wilson

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” —Dalai Lama

“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” —Buddha

“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

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” —Author disputed

“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” —Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Let my enemies devour each other.” —Salvador Dali

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Man has no greater enemy than himself.” —Petrarch

“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” —Colin Powell

“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.” —Abraham Lincoln

“The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” —Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.” —William Blake

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” —Winston Churchill


Quotations from Scripture

“Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.” —Psalm 5:8

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” —Matthew 5:44

“But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,” —Luke 6:27

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