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

African Proverbs,

Your worst enemies won't harm you as much your own unguarded thoughts.

Buddha, leader

When there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do you no harm.

African Proverbs,

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

Nelson Mandela, statesman

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.

Orson Welles, actor

You may find the worst enemy or best friend in yourself.

English Proverbs,

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.

Mahatma Gandhi, leader

False friends are worse than bitter enemies.

Scottish Proverbs,

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, philosopher

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it's the illusion of knowledge.

Daniel Johns, musician

Talk well of your friends and of your enemies say nothing.


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

Stephen King, author

The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.

Chinese Proverbs,

Serve your enemies for they first find out your faults

Antisthenes, philosopher

One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.

Jonathan Swift, writer

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

Joseph Conrad, novelist

Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.

Benjamin Franklin, politician

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

James Madison, president

When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.

William Blake, poet

Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.

Robert Louis Stevenson, writer

Wise men learn many things from their enemies.

Aristophanes, poet

Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.

Bruce Lee, actor

A strong foe is better than a weak friend.

Edward Dahlberg, novelist

Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon.

Horatio Nelson, soldier

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

Antisthenes, philosopher

A wise man learns more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

Baltasar Gracian, philosopher

I honored the fallen enemy by placing a stone on his beautiful grave.

Manfred von Richthofen, aviator

The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.

Abraham Lincoln, president

Vengeance is not the point; change is. But the trouble is that in most people's minds the thought of victory and the thought of punishing the enemy coincide.

Barbara Deming, author

I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.

Benjamin Franklin, politician

Speak well of your enemies... you made them.

Source Unknown,

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

Abraham Lincoln, president

History shows that no enemy remains hostile forever, nor do friends remain friendly forever. For that reason, we intend to have normal relations with all.

Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, statesman

Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out.

Pierre Berton, author

Fear is not the enemy. Paralysis is the enemy.

Seth Godin, writer

It is difficult to say who do you the most harm: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best.

Edward George BulwerLytton,

Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.

Miguel de Cervantes, novelist

If thine enemy offend thee, give his child a drum.

Source Unknown,

The chief enemy of creativity is "good" sense.

Pablo Picasso, painter

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

Miyamoto Musashi, soldier

There is nothing like the sight of an old enemy down on his luck.

Euripides, poet

He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.

Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher

Better is the enemy of good.

Voltaire, writer

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

Laird Hamilton, surfer

Forget your opponents; always play against par.

Sam Snead, athlete

In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.

Voltaire (Fran, writer

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

Walt Whitman, poet

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Sylvia Plath, poet

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

Sun Tzu, philosopher

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

Frank Dane,

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, philosopher

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, president

Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.

Sun Tzu, philosopher

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

Antisthenes, philosopher

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

Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

Enemies are so stimulating.

Katharine Hepburn, actress

It is a pitiful fortune that is not without enemies.

Publilius Syrus, writer

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.

Napoleon Bonaparte, leader

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.

Sun Tzu, philosopher

The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation.

Charles Spurgeon, clergyman

If it looks like shit, smells like shit, mail it to your enemy... he'll know what to do with it.

Doug Horton,

Man has no greater enemy than himself.

Francesco Petrarch,

Our enemies approach nearer to truth in their judgments of us than we do ourselves.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

I am more afraid of alcohol than of all the bullets of the enemy.

Stonewall Jackson, soldier

Faith activates God - Fear activates the Enemy.

Joel Osteen, clergyman

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, statesman

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

Sally Kempton,

Bear patiently with a rival.

Ovid, poet

The Public - a thing I cannot help looking upon as an enemy, and which I cannot address without feelings of hostility.

John Keats, poet

Discipline is simply the art of making the soldiers fear their officers more than the enemy.

Claude Adrien Helvetius, philosopher

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

Martin Luther King, Jr., leader

Time is my greatest enemy.

Evita Peron, film actress

You can learn from anyone even your enemy.

Ovid, poet

Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down.

David McNally, director

To see a man beaten not by a better opponent but by himself is a tragedy.

Cus D'Amato,

I have had a lot of adversaries in my political life, but no enemies that I can remember.

Gerald R. Ford, president

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

Ernest Jones,

The enemies of the future are always the very nicest people.

Christopher Morley, author

A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

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

Voltaire, writer

We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

John F. Kennedy, president

The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.

Sun Tzu, philosopher

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

James A. Baldwin, author

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, president

A friend is nothing but a known enemy.

Kurt Cobain, musician

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

Abraham Lincoln, president

Enemies promises were made to be broken.

Aesop, author

Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.

Benjamin Franklin, politician

No prudent antagonist thinks light of his adversaries.

Johann von Goethe, writer

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, dramatist

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.

Francesco Petrarch,

Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

A person is his own worst enemy.

Source Unknown,

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

Henry A Kissinger, diplomat

Advertising people who ignore research are as dangerous as generals who ignore decodes of enemy signals.

David Ogilvy, businessman

Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.

Mao Zedong, leader

It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness.

Robert Menzies, statesman

Whoever benefits his enemy with straightforward intention that man's enemies will soon fold their hands in devotion.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.

Ronald Reagan, president

Russia is a part of European culture. Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy.

Vladimir Putin, statesman

If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy.

Kurt Vonnegut, author

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

Thomas Jefferson, president

One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy - whether he knows it or not.

Orlando A. Battista, chemist

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

E. B. White, writer

We need a common enemy to unite us.

Condoleezza Rice, statesman

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

Warren Buffett, businessman

Where do you find the strength to brave a barrage of enemy fire and to bring your wounded friends to safety at great risk to your own life? Conviction.

Guy Verhofstadt, statesman

Knowledge is that possession that no misfortune can destroy, no authority can revoke, and no enemy can control. This makes knowledge the greatest of all freedoms.

Bryant H. McGill, poet

Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible.

Stonewall Jackson, soldier

If you want to keep something concealed from your enemy, don't disclose it to your friend.

Solomon Ibn Gabirol, poet

Terrorism is in good part an effective government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse toward a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy.

Mark Poster,

When politicians use fear, they are playing into the enemy's hand.

John Mellencamp, musician

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you. Matthew


We look upon the enemy of our souls as a conquered foe, so he is, but only to God, not to us.

Oswald Chambers, theologian

The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts.

William Ellery Channing, writer

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

Claudette Colbert, actress

Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be a bunch of bastards.

R A Dickson,

One enemy is too much.

George Herbert, poet

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.


The real enemy can always be met and conquered, or won over. Real antagonism is based on love, a love which has not recognized itself.

Henry Miller, author

Would you kick an opponent when he was down? Yes, if I thought he might get up.

Edmund Rouse,

One must be a somebody before they can have a enemy. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force.

Madame Swetchine, writer

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

Napoleon Bonaparte, leader

It's far easier to forgive an enemy after you've got even with him.

Olin Miller,

The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.

Joseph Heller, novelist

The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths.

William James, philosopher

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age.

Orson Welles, actor

We have met the enemy and he is us.

Walt Kelly, cartoonist

Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive.

Mao Zedong, leader

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.

George Orwell, author

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, author

Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, president

Give the enemy not only a road for flight, but also a means of defending it.

Thomas Hardy, novelist

Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred.

Jean De La Fontaine, poet

You needn't love your enemy, but if you refrain from telling lies about him, you are doing well enough.

E. W. Howe, novelist

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

Francis Bacon, philosopher

Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves.

Betty Friedan, activist

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, philosopher

Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend.

Jeremy Taylor, clergyman

It may be doubtful, at first, whether a person is an enemy or friend. Meat, if not properly digested, becomes poison; But poison, if used rightly, may turn medicinal.

Saskya Pandita, leader

A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit, as a rude friend is to protect.

Bryant H. McGill, poet

The enemy is not Islam, the great world faith, but a perversion of Islam.

John Cornyn, politician

Our modern states are preparing for war without even knowing the future enemy.

Alfred Adler, psychologist

To identify the enemy is to free the mind.

Mari Evans, poet

Any time the Western way of war can be unleashed on an enemy stupid enough to enter its arena, victory is assured.

Victor Davis Hanson, historian

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

Emile M. Cioran, philosopher

No plan of battle ever survives contact with the enemy.

Helmuth von Moltke, soldier

Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy!

Robert Mugabe, statesman

Memory is man's greatest friend and worst enemy.

Gilbert Parker, politician

Do not deceive or be faithless even with your enemy.

Abu Bakr, leader

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