Enemies Quotes


  • He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,
    And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.
    o Ali ibn-Abi-Talib, A Hundred Sayings

  • There is only one thing more useful in politics than having the right friends, and that is having the right enemies.
    o Anonymous, Economist 375: 8432 (June 25, 2005), p. 84

  • The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle’s own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
    o Aesop, “The Eagle and the Arrow”


  • A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
    o Oscar Wilde

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

  • The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    o Mark Twain

  • We can learn even from our enemies.
    o Ovid

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

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

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

  • I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend.
    o Abraham Lincoln

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

  • My enemy is my teacher. From them I can learn patience and restraint.
    o Buddist proverb

  • Lord have mercy on my enemies, cause I sure as hell won’t.
    o General George S. Patton

  • Keep your friends close, your enemies closer
    o Sun Tzu, Chinese general & military strategist

  • I’ve always said that in politics, your enemies can’t hurt you, but your friends will kill you.
    o Ann Richards

  • Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.
    o Unknown

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

  • Be a better person; make your enemies happy by giving them more reasons to hate you.
    o Shane O’Neill

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