Enemies (quotes)

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An enemy is a person who hates or opposes another person

  • Enemy: A person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.  Oxford Dictionary
  • Enemy: A person who hates or opposes another person and tries to harm them or stop them from doing something.  Cambridge Dictionary
  • Enemy: A person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent.  Dictionary.com
  • Life is a battleCompetitionHate
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The need to have enemies

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The ego loves having enemies to strengthen its sense of self …

  • Whatever behaviour the ego manifests, the hidden motivating force is always the same: the need to stand out, be special, be in control; the need for power, for attention, for more. And, of course, the need to feel a sense of separation, that is to say, the need for opposition, enemies. Eckhart Tolle
  • The ego needs problems, conflict, and “enemies” to strengthen the sense of separateness on which its identity depends. Eckhart Tolle
  • Transcending the ego
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… enemies to fight against and conquer

  • If there be no enemy there’s no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown. Thomas Carlyle
  • That’s ridiculous. The only point in having enemies is so you can defeat them, kill them, brush them aside. Or give them a chance to redeem themselves. Derek Landy
  • The only good enemy is a dead enemy. Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Personal affection is a luxury you can have only after all your enemies are eliminated. Until then, everyone you love is a hostage, sapping your courage and corrupting your judgment. Orson Scott Card
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We convince ourselves that having enemies is a good thing …

  • It’s not about going around trying to stir up trouble. As long as you’re honest and you articulate what you believe to be true, somebody somewhere will become your enemy whether you like it or not. Criss Jami
  • Even honor and virtue make enemies, condemning, as they do, their opposites by too close a contrast. Tacitus
  • He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies. William Hazlitt
  • I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important. Leigh Bardugo
  • It is good that a man’s enemies want him dead, for it proves he has lived a life of worth. Forrest Carter
  • Enemies are so stimulating. Katharine Hepburn
  • Everyone needs a warm personal enemy or two to keep him free from rust in the movable parts of his mind. Gene Fowler
  • The man who ain’t got an enemy is really poor. Josh Billings
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… a sign we stand for something …

  • You have enemies?   That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.  Winston Churchill
  • No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies. Daisy Bates
  • If you want to make enemies, try to change something. Woodrow Wilson
  • You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea. It is the cloud which thunders around everything that shines. Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats. Do no bother yourself about it; disdain. Keep your mind serene as you keep your life clear. Victor Hugo
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… a sign even of character and worth

  • You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it. Gustave Flaubert
  • A man with no enemies is a man with no character. Paul Newman
  • I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • If you are without an enemy in the world, you may be a lamb or an ass, but you are not a man. Austin O’Malley
  • If you want enemies, excel others; if you want friends, let others excel you. Charles Caleb Colton
  • In order to have an enemy, one must be somebody. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force. A malicious enemy is better than a clumsy friend. Anne Sophie Swetchin
  • Character
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… and good thing to sharpen the senses …

  • It’s great to have an enemy. Sharpens your senses. John Updike
  • 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
  • The senses
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… something that’s inevitable

  • However bad a man, he will have some friends: however good, he will have some enemies. Ivan Panin
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We make enemies of entire nations

  • Enemies are defined in terms of whole categories or groups within society and, therefore, typically encompass hundreds of thousands and even millions of innocent people who in most cases are not “political” by any objective standards. Thomas M. Magstadt
  • No people on earth can be held, as a people, to be an enemy, for all humanity shares the common hunger for peace and fellowship and justice. Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Hating your enemy

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Hating your enemy is giving them power over you …

  • When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness. Our enemies would dance with joy if only they knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us!  Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our days and nights into a hellish turmoil. Dale Carnegie
  • Feeling of hatred unto your enemy, drains your energy as enemy wanted. Toba Beta
  • Hate
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… and damages you more than your enemies

  • Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. Nelson Mandela
  • Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself. Richard M. Nixon
  • The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than them. Chinese Proverbs
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Transcend the need to have enemies 

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Be prepared to lose your enemies

  • It’s hard to be done a favor by a man you hate. It’s hard to hate him so much afterwards. Losing an enemy can be worse than losing a friend, if you’ve had him for long enough. Joe Abercrombie
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Realise your enemies can be your greatest teachers …

  • In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher. The Dalai Lama
  • A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends. Baltasar Gracián
  • We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection. Jean Paul Richter
  • The wise learn many things from their enemies. Aristophanes
  • You can learn from anyone even your enemy. Ovid
  • Teaching
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… helping you to see your faults

  • Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults. Benjamin Franklin
  • 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
  • Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty. Stephen King
  • There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself – an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. Antisthenes
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Realise no enemy is a villain in their own eyes

  • 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
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Let go of the need to take revenge against your enemies

  • When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself. Jodi Picoult
  • When violence hurries on too fast, and caution does not keep pace with revenge, people generally do themselves more harm than the enemy. Wellins Calcott
  • 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
  • The man who seeks revenge is like the man who shoots himself in order to hit his enemy with the kick of the gun’s recoil. Tim Lahaye & Bob Phillips
  • Revenge is the most worthless weapon in the world. It ruins the avenger while more firmly confirming the enemy in his wrong. It initiates an endless flight down the bottomless stairway of rancor, reprisals, and ruthless retaliation. Tim Lahaye & Bob Phillips
  • In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over he is superior. Francis Bacon
  • If I ask God to punish my enemy with vengeful prayers, then He is fair to allow the enemy to do the same for me. Toba Beta
  • To see an enemy humiliated gives a certain contentment, but this is jejune compared with the highly blent satisfaction of seeing him humiliated by your benevolent action or concession on his behalf. That is the sort of revenge which falls into the scale of virtue. Geoerge Eliot
  • The best revenge is not to be like your enemy. Marcus Aurelius
  • Revenge
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Listen to your enemy

  • Listening is a very deep practice….You have to empty yourself. You have to leave space in order to listen….especially to people we think are our enemies –the ones we believe are making our situation worse. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Listening
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Try to understand your enemy

  • In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them. Orson Scott Card
  • Understanding
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Conquer your enemy with love

  • Love your enemies. Bible, Matthew 5:44
  • You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Jesus
  • Perhaps the greatest contribution that those of us who come from a Christian tradition can make is to throw out the old just- war theory, embrace the nonviolence of Jesus, refuse to kill one another, and truly follow his commandment to “love our enemies. Mairead Corrigan Maguire
  • Love your enemy – it will drive him nuts. Elanor Doan
  • Let a man set his heart only on doing the will of God and he is instantly free. If we understand our first and sole duty to consist of loving God supremely and loving everyone, even our enemies, for God’s dear sake, then we can enjoy spiritual tranquillity under every circumstance. W. Tozer
  • Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • A true man loves his enemies as much he loves his friends. Santosh Kalwar
  • If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Bible
  • Quite often, our enemies are our enemies because of miscommunications, misunderstandings, irrational emotional states, and illogical, ungrounded conclusions. An enemy can be an enemy for a very justifiable reason. An enemy can be a true intellectual, emotional, or physical threat. A single individual or a group of people can be a real danger to our life and the way that we live it. Despite our perceptions of the level of danger our enemies present, we must act. We must make war. We must kill our enemies with love. We must destroy our enemies by making them our friends and loved ones. And if our enemies refuse to be loved, we must continue to love them as best we can. Joshua Miller
  • Love your enemy. It will not only puzzle him, But finally illumine him. Sri Chinmoy
  • When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life. That’s the time you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Instead of loving your enemies, have no enemies to love. Norman Macdonald
  • Loving your enemies does not mean you have to agree with or accept what they do. You can still love all of mankind and be outspoken for what you believe. Bethany Jane Andrews Hoey
  • Love
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Destroy your enemies by turning them into friends

  • Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. Martin Luther King, Jr
  • It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? Abraham Lincoln
  • 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
  • A man’s enemies are those he should endeavor first to make his friends. Norman Macdonald
  • Who is the bravest hero? He who turns his enemy into a friend. Hebrew Proverb
  • One hearty laugh together will bring enemies into a closer communion of heart than hours spent on both sides in inward wrestling with the mental demon of uncharitable feeling. William James
  • Friendly counsel cuts off many foes. William Shakespeare
  • Friendship
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Have compassion for your enemy …

  • Every single being, even those who are hostile to us, is just as afraid of suffering as we are, and seeks happiness in the same way we do. Every person has the same right as we do to be happy and not to suffer. So let’s take care of others wholeheartedly, of both our friends and our enemies. This is the basis for true compassion. The Dalai Lama
  • As for the closeness we feel toward our friends, this is usually more like attachment than compassion. Genuine compassion should be unbiased. If we only feel close to  our friends, and not to our enemies, or to the countless people who are unknown to us personally and toward whom we are indifferent, then our compassion is only partial or biased.   Genuine compassion is based on the recognition that others have the right to happiness just like yourself, and therefore even your enemy is a human being with the same wish for happiness as you, and the same right to happiness as you.  A sense of concern developed on this basis is what we call compassion; it extends to everyone, irrespective of whether the person’s attitude toward you is hostile or friendly.  The Dalai Lama
  • Compassion
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… recognising that they suffer too

  • You’re the enemy. I don’t want to sympathize with you. So… So don’t… Don’t cry like that in front of me! Damn it… Masashi Kishimoto
  • 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
  • When you begin to see that your enemy is suffering, that is the beginning of insight. Thích Nhất Hạnh
  • Suffering
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Forgive your enemy

  • With a little time, and a little more insight, we begin to see both ourselves and our enemies in humbler profiles. We are not really as innocent as we felt when we were first hurt. And we do not usually have a gigantic monster to forgive; we have a weak, needy, and somewhat stupid human being. When you see your enemy and yourself in the weakness and silliness of the humanity you share, you will make the miracle of forgiving a little easier. Lewis B. Smedes
  • We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. Martin Luther King
  • 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; and to all men charity. Frances Balfour
  • 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. A. Battista
  • In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feel like a decision to reward my enemy. But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to another. Andy Stanley
  • Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John F. Kennedy
  • And when a man injures and oppresses you and deals unjustly with you, you should deal kindly with him and forgive him. This you will strike at the root of hatred and enmity and he who is your enemy will become your friend. The Koran
  • Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde
  • It’s far easier to forgive an enemy after you’ve got even with him. Olin Miller
  • We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged. Heinrich Heine
  • Our enemies … seem always with us. The greater our hatred the more persistent the memory of them so that a truly terrible enemy becomes deathless. So that the man who has done you great injury or injustice makes himself a guest in your house forever. Perhaps only forgiveness can dislodge him. Cormac Mccarthy
  • He who has not forgiven an enemy has not yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life. Johann Kaspar Lavater
  • Forgiveness
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Pray for your enemy

  • How many of us have conflicts with someone else- and how many of us pray for that person? We have individuals with whom we are competitive, or whom we dislike or have a quarrel with; but very few of us have true enemies in the martial sense. And yet if Lincoln could pray fervently- and contemporary reports indicate he did- for the people who were opposing him, how much more can we do for someone we just find a little irritating? John Wooden
  • Prayer
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Do right towards your enemy

  • To have the power of forgetting, for the time, self, friends, interests, relationship; and to think of doing right toward another, a stranger, an enemy, perhaps, is to have that which men can share only with the angels, and with Him who is above men and angels. David Dudley Field
  • Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them. Benjamin Franklin
  • You needn’t love your enemy, but if you refrain from telling lies about him, you are doing well enough. Edgar Watson Howe
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Don’t knock your enemy

  • No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who who work with him. Don’t knock your friends. Don’t knock your enemies. Don’t knock yourself. Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Work with your enemy

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Search for the merits in your enemies

  • I have always paid attention to the merits of my enemies and found it an advantage. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • I hate admitting that my enemies have a point. Salman Rushdie
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Stand up for your enemies

  • It is a good man who stands up for his friends, but an honorable man who stands up for his enemies. Violet Haberdasher
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Be patient with your enemy

  • Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.  Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are.  Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.  Lao Tzu
  • Patience
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Our own worst enemy

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Often, we are our own worst enemy

  • 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
  • We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies. Roderick Thorp
  • The investor’s chief problem — even his worst enemy — is likely to be himself. Benjamin Graham
  • Every man is his own chief enemy. Anacharsis
  • But the worst enemy you can encounter will always be you, yourself; you lie in wait for yourself in caves and woods. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The deeper I go into myself the more I realize that I am my own enemy. Floriano Martins
  • I have only one real and true enemy on earth, and that is myself. Christian Morgenstern
  • Our worst enemies are those we least suspect–ourselves. Ivan Panin
  • Every man is his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner. Sir Thomas Browne
  • We have met the enemy and he is us. Walt Kelly
  • No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves. Francis of Assisi
  • Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us. Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • Deliver me, O Lord, from that evil man, myself. Thomas Brooks
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Often, we’d rather meet an enemy than our own self

  • To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet. Charles Caleb Colton
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The enemy lies within us

  • When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. African Proverb
  • The source of peace is within us; so also the source of war. And the real enemy is within us, and not outside. The source of war is not the existence of nuclear weapons or other arms.  It is the minds of human beings who decide to push the button and to use those arms out of hatred, anger or greed. The Dalai Lama
  • 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
  • It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. Sally Kempton
  • Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us. Charles Spurgeon
  • The only enemy to fear is the enemy within, the demon that speaks in your own voice, the assassin in the mirror. Bob Lonsberry
  • From a certain point of view our real enemy, the true troublemaker, is inside. The Dalai Lama
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The undisciplined mind can be an enemy

  • More than those who hate you, more than all your enemies, an undisciplined mind does greater harm. Buddha
  • It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways. Buddha
  • Man’s chief enemy is his own unruly nature and the dark forces pent up within him. Ernest A. Jones
  • The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it. Bhagavad Gita
  • The mind
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Our tongue can be an enemy

  • He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue. Mark Twain
  • We make more enemies by what we say than friends by what we do. John C. Collins
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Our very thoughts can be enemies …

  • Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, No one can help you as much.  Dhammapada Gautama Buddha
  • Our best friends and our worst enemies are our thoughts. A thought can do us more good than a doctor or banker or a faithful friend. It can also do us more harm than a brick. Frank Crane
  • It is not uncommon for the voice to be a person’s own worst enemy. Many people live with a tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them and drains them of vital energy.  Eckhart Tolle
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… unless we learn to detach from them

  • Thoughts are friends, not enemies. They’re just what is. They appear. They’re innocent. We’re not doing them. They’re not personal. They’re like the breeze or the raindrops falling. Thoughts arise like that, and we can make friends with them. Would you argue with a raindrop? Raindrops aren’t personal, and neither are thoughts. It’s the meaning you attach to those thoughts that you think is personal. Byron Katie
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Gaining victory over the mind is greater than any victory over an enemy

  • There is no finer sensations in life that which comes with victory over one’s self… Go forward to a goal of inward achievement, brushing aside all your old internal enemies as you advance. Vash Young
  • The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks is a minor hero compared to the lion who overcomes himself. Rumi
  • I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies. Aristotle
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Recognise your true enemies

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Recognise your true enemies …

  • The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy. Corrie Ten Boom
  • For the enemy to be recognized and feared, he has to be in your home or on your doorstep. Umberto Eco
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… the enemy of perfectionism …

  • Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. Anne Lamott
  • 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
  • Perfectionism is the enemy of creation. John Updike
  • Perfectionism
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… the enemy of procrastination …

  • Take action on your ideas. Procrastination is the mortal enemy of spontaneous brilliance. Dan Zadra
  • Procrastination
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… the enemy of self-doubt …

  • The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. Sylvia Plath
  • Give me strength, not to be better than my enemies, but to defeat my greatest enemy, the doubts within myself. Give me strength for a straight back and clear eyes, so when life fades, as the setting sun, my spirit may come to you without shame. P.C. Cast
  • Doubt is a sentinel on the watch-tower of the brain, charged with the duty of sounding an alarm, whenever its enemies– superstition, falsehood, ignorance and unreason–attempt to invade the citadel of truth. Henry M. Taber
  • Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step. James Allen
  • A man’s doubts and fears are his worst enemies. William Rigley, Jr.
  • A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failures certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. Alexandre Duma
  • In a fight, your doubt is a target of enemy’s attack. Toba Beta
  • Doubt
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… the enemy of envy …

  • If envy is rankling in your bosom, declare war against it at once; a war of extermination; no truce, no treaty, no compromise. Like the pirate on the high seas, it is an outlaw, an enemy to all mankind, and should be hung up at the yard arm until it is dead. Levi Carroll Judson
  • Envy
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… the enemy of self-pity …

  • Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world. Helen Keller
  • Self-pity
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… the enemy of fear …

  • I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease. It begins in your mind, always. One moment you are feeling calm, self-possessed, happy. Then fear, disguised in the garb of mild-mannered doubt, slips into your mind like a spy. Yann Martel
  • Fear is the enemy. I distrust it. Any feeling or decision I make that might be motivated by fear I quickly reassess. Andrea Riseborough
  • Fear and guilt are your only enemies. If you let go of fear, fear lets go of you. If you release guilt, guilt will release you. How do you do that? By deciding to. Neale Donald Walsch
  • Fear
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… especially fear of the unknown …

  • You ask what is the use of classification, arrangement, systemization? I answer you: order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject-the actual enemy is the unknown. Thomas Mann
  • The unknown
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… especially fears of the imagination …

  • Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination. Christian Nevell Bovee
  • The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome. George R.R. Martin
  • I think that most people would rather face the light of a real enemy than the darkness of their imagined fears. Max Brooks
  • The enemy is never more unnerving than when he’s invisible. K. J. Parker
  • Imagination
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… the enemy of worry …

  • You don’t get old from living a particular number of years: you get old because you have deserted your ideals.  Years wrinkle your skin, renouncing your ideals wrinkles your soul.  Worry, doubt, fear, and despair are the enemies which slowly bring us down to the ground and turn us to dust before we die.  Douglas MacArthur
  • I am sure care’s an enemy to life. ShareWilliam Shakespeare
  • Worry
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… the enemy of laziness …

  • Idleness and laziness; beware of these two enemies. They tarnish life and fill it with boredom, weariness and danger. However barren it might seem to begin a task, never be discouraged. With perseverance, you will come to like what today seems a needless and uninteresting enterprise. Princess Mathilde Bonaparte
  • Laziness
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… the enemy of hate …

  • The worst enemy is one whose doctrines are founded in hate and are thus beyond debate. Tobsha Learner
  • Hate
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… the enemy of anger …

  • There is no enemy more vicious than your own anger. Sathya Sai Baba
  • The enemy is not religion; the enemy is anger, hostility, intolerance, separatism, extreme idealism, and prejudicial fear—be it secular, religious, or political. Andrew Newberg
  • Rage is a powerful energy that with diligent practice can be transformed into fierce compassion. However much we disagree with our enemies, our task is to identify with them. They too feel justified in their point of view. Buddha
  • Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies. Earl of Chesterfield
  • He who conquers his anger has conquered an enemy. German Proverb
  • Anger is the real destroyer of our good human qualities; an enemy with a weapon cannot destroy these qualities, but anger can. Anger is our real enemy. The Dalai Lama
  • Anger and worry are the enemies of clear thought. Madeleine Brent
  • Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. Mohandas Gandhi
  • Anger
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… the enemy of a negative attitude …

  • The difference is that of attitude. But that difference determines who gets ideas and who does not. An apathetic or hostile attitude is the enemy of creative thought. Ideas, like people, flourish when they are welcomed and embraced. Barbara J. Winter
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… the enemy of ignorance …

  • History shows that there is nothing so easy to enslave and nothing so hard to emancipate as ignorance, hence it becomes the double enemy of civilization. By its servility it is the prey of tyranny, and by its credulity it is the foe of enlightenment.  Lemuel K. Washburn
  • Ignorance
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… the enemy of prejudice …

  • The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility. Charles Caleb Colton
  • Prejudice
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… the enemy of distrust …

  • Nothing is more certain of destroying any good feeling that may be cherished towards us than to show distrust. To be suspected as an enemy is often enough to make a man become so; the whole matter is over, there is no farther use of guarding against it. On the contrary, confidence leads us naturally to act kindly, we are affected by the good opinion which others entertain of us, and we are not easily induced to lose it. Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal
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… the enemy of indifference …

  • Only one enemy is worse than despair: indifference. In every area of human creativity, indifference is the enemy; indifference of evil is worse than evil, because it is also sterile. Elie Wiesel
  • Freedom’s enemies are waste, lethargy, indifference, immorality, and the insidious attitude of something for nothing. William Arthur Ward
  • Apathy and indifference
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… the enemy of despair

  • I wanted to tell her not to entertain despair like this. Despair wasn’t a guest, you didn’t play its favorite music, find it a comfortable chair. Despair was the enemy. Janet Fitch
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Here are more unseen enemies

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The desire for security can be an enemy

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Bad advice is an enemy

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Boredom is an enemy

  • Boredom is my worst enemy. It’s killed a lot of my friends, but it won’t get me. When I get bored, I go risk my life somewhere. Larry Niven
  • Boredom has come to be regarded as one of our greatest enemies and we flee from it by generating endless complexity and busyness. Boredom may be no more than a surrender of sensitivity, yet, rather than turning our hearts and minds to rediscover that lost sensitivity, we thirst for even more exciting experiences, drama, and intensity. . . When alienated from inner vitality we mistake intensity for wakefulness. Christina Feldman
  • The enemy is the tyranny of the dull mind. Tom Robbins
  • Boredom
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Fanaticism is an enemy

  • Of all things, wisdom is the most terrified with epidemical fanaticism, because, of all enemies, it is that against which she is the least able to furnish any kind of resource. Edmund Burke
  • Fanatacism
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Impulse is an enemy

  • Time is your friend; impulse is your enemy. Jack Bogle
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Corruption is an enemy

  • Our first duty is to war against dishonesty … war against it in public life, and … war against it in business life. Corruption in every form is the arch enemy of this Republic, the arch enemy of free institutions and of government by the people, an even more dangerous enemy than the open lawlessness of violence, because it works in hidden and furtive fashion. Theodore Roosevelt
  • Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt. Graham Greene
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Memory can be an enemy as well as a friend

  • Memory is man’s greatest friend and worst enemy. Gilbert Parker
  • Isn’t it funny how the memories you cherish before a breakup can become your worst enemies afterwards? The thoughts you loved to think about, the memories you wanted to hold up to the light and view from every angle–it suddenly seems a lot safer to lock them in a box, far from the light of day and throw away the key. It’s not an act of bitterness. It’s an act if self- It’s not always a bad idea to stay behind the window and look out at life instead, is it?  Ally Condie
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Here are some enemies of art

  • The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. Orson Welles
  • Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all. Ray Bradbury
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Here are some enemies of truth

  • The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths. William James
  • The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived, and dishonest– but the myth– persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • The enemies of the truth are always awfully nice. Christopher Morley
  • Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. Albert Einstein
  • The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority. Henrik Ibsen
  • They deem him the worst enemy who tells them the truth. Plato
  • The greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the rest of our truths. William James
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Here are some enemies of creativity

  • The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good” sense. Pablo Picasso
  • Negativity is the enemy of creativity. David Lynch
  • Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation. Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  • Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious and anything self- conscious is lousy. You cannot try to do things. You simply must do things. Ray Bradbury
  • Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence. Norman Podhoretz
  • 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
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Here are some enemies of happiness

  • The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom. Arthur Schopenhauer
  • The ingredients of happiness are so simple that they can be counted on one hand. First of all, happiness must be shared. Selfishness is its enemy; to make another happy is to be happy one’s self. It is quiet, seldom found for long in crowds, most easily won in moments of solitude and reflection. It comes from within, and rests most securely on simple goodness and clear conscience. William Ogden
  • Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt. Joseph Addison
  • Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult. Samuel Johnson
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Not enemies

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Don’t see intuition as an enemy

  • Intuition isn’t the enemy, but the ally, of reason. John Kord Lagemann
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Don’t see failure as an enemy

  • Would you like me to give you a formula for… success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all you can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success. On the far side. Thomas J. Watson
  • Failure
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Don’t see pain as an enemy

  • Pain is not “the enemy.” Pain is the body’s naturally evolved way of letting us know that something needs attention, and can play a vital role in maintaining physical well-being. Bodhipaksa
  • Pain
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Don’t see trouble as an enemy

  • If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it. Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Don’t see the present moment as an enemy

  • 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
  • The ego treats the present moment in 3 ways: 1. As a means to an end. 2. As an obstacle. 3. As an enemy. Eckhart Tolle
  • Now is a priceless gift
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Use tact and politeness to not make enemies unnecessarily

  • It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and wilfully incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter–an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy. Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy. Howard W. Newton
  • TactPoliteness and courtesy
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Overcoming your enemies

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Keep your enemies under close watch

  • Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Mario Puzo, The Godfather
  • Hug your friends tight, but your enemies tighter – hug ’em so tight they can’t wiggle. Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Keep your enemies in front of you. Chris Matthews
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Get to know your enemy

  • Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport. Nelson Mandela
  • Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories. Sun Tzu
  • If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. Sun Tzu
  • Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and you know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you now Heaven and you know Earth, you may make your victory complete. Sun Tzu
  • In order to know your enemy, you must become your enemy. Chris Bradford
  • You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. Eric Hoffer
  • If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril. Sun Tzu
  • Knowledge
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Use every opportunity to confound your enemies

  • There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. Homer
  • The truth may not set you free, but used carefully, it can confuse the hell out of your enemies. Laurell K. Hamilton
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It’s always preferable to overcome your enemy without fighting

  • 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
  • Therefore, the skilful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field. Sun-Tzu
  • The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu, The Art of War
  • The greatest conqueror is he who overcomes the enemy without a blow. Chinese Proverb
  • Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. Sun Tzu
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Tips on defeating enemies in war

  • The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. Sun Tzu
  • 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
  • The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies. Napoleon Bonaparte
  • The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on. Ulysses S. Grant
  • It is in disputes as in armies; where the weaker side sets up false lights, and makes a great noise, to make the enemy believe them more numerous and strong than they really are. Swift
  • Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems. William Shakespeare
  • Allow enemies their space to hate; they will destroy themselves in the process. Lisa Du
  • Be where your enemy is not. Sun Tzu
  • Use your enemy’s hand to catch a snake. Persian Proverb
  • Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy. Sun Tzu
  • When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he stops, harass; when he tires, strike; when he retreats, pursue. Mao Tse-    Tung
  • Whoever has his foe at his mercy, and does not kill him, is his own enemy. Muslih-uddin Sadi
  • For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards. Sun Tzu
  • Do not press an enemy at bay. Sun Tzu
  • 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 opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. Sun Tzu
  • That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms. George Bernard Shaw
  • If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near. Sun Tzu
  • He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious. Sun Tzu
  • All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Sun Tzu
  • In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. Sun Tzu
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Friends and enemies 

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A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy

  • 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
  • There’s ways you can trust an enemy you can’t always trust a friend. An enemy’s never going to betray your trust. Daniel Abraham
  • I can be on guard against my enemies, but God deliver me from my friends! Charlotte Brontë
  • No enemy is so annoying as one who was a friend, or still is a friend, and there are many more of these than one would suspect. William Saroyan
  • Kinder the enemy who must malign us Than the smug friend who will define us. Anna Wickham
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Rather be an honest enemy than a fake friend

  • If you claim to be a real friend, then be real in your soul. If you claim to be fake, then be an enemy instead. Santosh Kalwar
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See if you can befriend the enemies of your enemies

  • A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. Abraham Lincoln
  • The enemies of your enemies are not always your friends, but they can still be useful. James D. Sass
  • The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy. Friedrich Nietzsche
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Befriend your enemies by loving and forgiving them

  • A man’s enemies are those he should endeavor first to make his friends. Norman Macdonald
  • And when a man injures and oppresses you and deals unjustly with you, you should deal kindly with him and forgive him. This you will strike at the root of hatred and enmity and he who is your enemy will become your friend. The Koran
  • 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
  • Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. Martin Luther King, Jr
  • It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? Abraham Lincoln
  • Who is the bravest hero? He who turns his enemy into a friend. Hebrew Proverb
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Love your enemies as you love your friends

  • A true man loves his enemies as much he loves his friends. Santosh Kalwar
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You can learn more from your enemies than your friends for they are more likely to tell the truth

  • A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends. Baltasar Gracián
  • We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection. Jean Paul Richter
  • Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty. Stephen King
  • Men of sense often learn from their enemies. It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war. Aristophanes
  • A flatterer is a secret enemy. Hungarian Proverb
  • I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies. The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress. Andre Gide
  • There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself – an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. Antisthenes
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The most dangerous enemy is the one who pretends to be a friend

  • Your worst and most dangerous enemy is the person that injures you under the pretensions of friendship. Norman Macdonald
  • The enemy to be feared most is one who wears the face of a friend. Brian Herbert & Keven J. Anderson
  • I suppose […] that the most convincing way to fool an enemy would be to fool a friend. Anne Bishop
  • 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
  • Friendship’s enemy is betrayal. Toba Beta
  • There is an Italian proverb which saith, From my enemy let me defend myself; but from a pretensed friend Lord deliver me. Elizabeth I
  • When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend. William Blake
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Be your own best friend instead of your own enemy

  • We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies. Roderick Thorp
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Friends wronged can become ardent enemies

  • When an intimate friend turns from us, we often find him the most inveterate enemy. William Scott Downey
  • Scratch a lover and find a foe. Dorothy Parker
  • Enemies don’t fight with such determined passion. That kind of focus is reserved for friends at odds with one another. Heather Brewer
  • A lost friendship is an enemy won. Proverb
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Forgiving friends can be harder than forgiving enemies

  • It’s all very well to tell us to forgive our enemies; our enemies can never hurt us very much. But oh, what about forgiving our friends? Willa Cather
  • It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. William Blake
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Allies can weaken us and become enemies

  • To have a traitor for an ally is to have an enemy in waiting. Jacqueline Carey
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He makes no friends who never made a foe

  • He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies. William Hazlitt
  • He makes no friends who never made a foe. Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Enemies are easier to make than friends

  • Friends may come and go but enemies accumulate. Jayne Ann Krentz
  • It is at all times more easy to make enemies than friends. George Washington
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More thoughts on enemies and friends

  • He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. Ali Ibn- Abi-Talib
  • The only thing more certain than the hatred of enemies is the envy of friends. Evan Esar
  • The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Money couldn’t buy friends, but you got a better class of enemy. Spike Milligan
  • Never explain―your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. Elbert Hubbard
  • Many men are loved by their enemies, and hated by their friends, and are the friends of their enemies, and the enemies of their friends. Plato
  • It’s hard to be done a favor by a man you hate. It’s hard to hate him so much afterwards. Losing an enemy can be worse than losing a friend, if you’ve had him for long enough. Joe Abercrombie
  • It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you. Mark Twain
  • It is a good man who stands up for his friends, but an honorable man who stands up for his enemies. Violet Haberdasher
  • If you want enemies, excel others; if you want friends, let others excel you. Charles Caleb Colton
  • I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. Oscar Wilde
  • However bad a man, he will have some friends: however good, he will have some enemies. Ivan Panin
  • Home is anywhere that you know all your friends and all your enemies. Orson Scott Card
  • Friends never turn as enemies. If they did, they were never your friends at all. Hark Herald Sarmiento
  • Don’t flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • You never really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks. Eskimo Proverb
  • “I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they’re the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights! Warren G. Harding
  • Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them. Benjamin Franklin
  • Lend money to an enemy, and thou will gain him, to a friend and thou will lose him. Benjamin Franklin
  • Lord, defend me from my friends; I can account for my enemies. Charles D’Hericault
  • Hear not ill of a friend, nor speak any of an enemy. Benjamin Franklin
  • Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker. Frank Herbert
  • Paranoia will get you through times of no enemies better than enemies will get you through times of no paranoia. Pete Granger
  • Time should make enemies and Life should make friends. Henry R. Luce
  • It is better to decide a difference between enemies than friends, for one of our friends will certainly become an enemy and one of our enemies a friend. Bias of Priene
  • An enemy makes a true friends value apparent. David Howell
  • There is no little enemy. Benjamin Franklin
  • Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred. Jean de La Fontaine
  • Speak well of your friend, of your enemy say nothing. Proverb
  • Hear not ill of a friend, nor speak any of an enemy. Benjamin Franklin
  • Money can’t buy friends but it can get you a better class of enemy. Spike Milligan
  • Kinder the enemy who must malign us Than the smug friend who will define us. Anna Wickham
  • Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy – for friendship’s sake. William Blake
  • Better make a weak man your enemy than your friend. Josh Billings
  • Trust not a new friend nor an old enemy. Proverb
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________ is the enemy of ________

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Commitment is the enemy of resistance

  • 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
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Comfort is the enemy of achievement

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The illusion of knowledge is the enemy of knowledge

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Conformity is the enemy of freedom

  • Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • ConformityFreedom
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Desiring quick results is the enemy of mastery

  • The desire of most people today for quick, sure, and highly visible results is perhaps the deadliest enemy of mastery. George Leonard
  • Mastery
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Vanity is the enemy of dignity

  • Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity. Madame Swetchine
  • VanityDignity
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Secrecy is the enemy of efficiency

  • Secrecy is the enemy of efficiency, but don’t let anyone know it. Ric Ocasek
  • Efficiency
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Truth is the enemy of fear

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Insincerity is the enemy of clear language

  • The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity. George Orwell
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Temptation and stress is the enemy of willpower

  • The biggest enemies of willpower are temptation, self-criticism, and stress. These three skills —self- awareness, self- care, and remembering what matter most— are the foundation for self- control.  Kelly McGonigal
  • Temptation,  Willpowerx
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Busyness is the enemy of good thinking

  • The greatest enemy of good thinking is busyness. John C. Maxwell
  • Busyness
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Privilege is the enemy of justice

  • The greatest enemy of justice is privilege. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
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The analytical mind can be an enemy of spiritual awareness

  • A misleading perception or false belief is increasingly being perpetuated that the unconscious or the intuitive is all that really matters in any spiritual endeavor, and that the conscious, rational, logical, analytical mind is the mortal enemy of spiritual awareness and soul growth. Anthon St. Maarten
  • Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but – more frequently than not – struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God. Martin Luther
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Final thoughts

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In the battle of the sexes, we regularly fraternise with the enemy

  • The war between the sexes is the only one in which both sides regularly sleep with the enemy. Quentin Crisp
  • No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy. Henry A. Kissinger
  • Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy. Duc de La Rochefoucauld François
  • Lovers may be – and indeed generally are – enemies, but they never can be friends, because there must always be a spice of jealousy and a something of Self in all their speculations. Lord Byron
  • During the feminist revolution, the battle lines were again simple. It was easy to tell the enemy, he was the one with the penis. This is no longer strictly true.  Some men are okay now.  We’re allowed to like them again.  We still have to keep them in line, of course, but we no longer have to shoot them on sight.   Cynthia Heimel
  • Men and women are natural enemies, like cat and dog–only more so. They are forced to live together for a time, or this wonderful race couldn’t go on. Neith Boyce
  • Women and birds are able to see without turning their heads, and that is indeed a necessary provision for they are both surrounded by enemies. James Stephens
  • The battle of the sexes
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On a lighter note

  • A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. Abraham Lincoln
  • A lawyer is a learned gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemies and keeps it himself. Henry Peter Brougham
  • A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. Oscar Wilde
  • A retreating enemy is probably just falling back and regrouping. A Murphy’s Military Law
  • Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy. Frank Sinatra
  • Always write angry letters to your enemies. Never mail them.   James Fallows
  • An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead. Ambrose Bierce
  • An enemy can partly ruin a man but it takes a good-natured injudicious friend to complete the thing and make it perfect. Mark Twain
  • Contempt: The feeling of a prudent man for an enemy who is too formidable safely to be opposed. Ambrose Bierce
  • Deterrence: The art of producing in the mind of the enemy the fear to attack.
  • Enema: Not a friend.
  • Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John F. Kennedy
  • Friend: One who has the same enemies as you have.
  • Friends come and go but enemies accumulate. Jone’s Motto
  • Good taste : the enemy of creativity.  Picasso
  • He [Bernard Shaw] hasn’t an enemy in the world and none of his friends like him. Oscar Wilde
  • He has no enemies but is intensely disliked by his friends. Oscar Wilde
  • He hasn’t an enemy in the world – but all his friends hate him.   Eddie Cantor
  • Hug your friends tight, but your enemies tighter – hug ’em so tight they can’t wiggle. Lyndon B. Johnson
  • I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. Oscar Wilde
  • I have enemies I’ve never met – that’s fame.   Tallulah Bankhead
  • I’ve always said that in politics your enemies can’t hurt you but your friends will kill you. Ann Richards
  • If the enemy is in range so are you! A Murphy’s Military Law
  • It is not necessary to have enemies if you go out of your way to make friends hate you. Frank Dane
  • It’s far easier to forgive an enemy after you’ve got even with him. Olin Miller
  • Love your enemies; it makes them so damned mad. D. Eastman
  • Love your enemy – it will drive him nuts. Elanor Doan
  • Love your wife, your servant and your enemy equally, and file her credit card bills under the ‘enemy’ folder. Bauvard
  • Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy. Duc de La Rochefoucauld François
  • May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies. Voltaire
  • Money can’t buy friends but it can get you a better class of enemy. Spike Milligan
  • My prayer to God is a very short one: ‘Oh Lord make my enemies ridiculous;’ God has granted it. Voltaire
  • Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Napoleon Bonaparte
  • No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy. Henry A. Kissinger
  • Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies. Voltaire, (1694 – 1778) Last words, When asked by a priest to renounce Satan
  • Outdo: To make an enemy. Ambrose Bierce
  • Propaganda: Patriotism as practiced by our enemies.
  • Secrecy is the enemy of efficiency, but don’t let anyone know it. Ric Ocasek
  • Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. Proverb
  • The Bible tells us to love our neighbors and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. K. Chesterton
  • The buddy system is essential to your survival; it gives the enemy somebody else to shoot at. A Murphy’s Military Law
  • The enemy invariably attacks on one of two occasions: 1. When you’re ready for them. 2. When you’re not ready for them. A Murphy’s Military Law
  • The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance it is the illusion of knowledge. Stephen Hawking
  • The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy. Sam Levenson
  • The truth may not set you free, but used carefully, it can confuse the hell out of your enemies. Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The war between the sexes is the only one in which both sides regularly sleep with the enemy. Quentin Crisp
  • There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall. Cyril Connolly
  • To make an enemy do someone a favor. McLaughry’s Law
  • Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans … are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit. Anthony Bourdain
  • We have met the enemy and it is us. Walt Kelly
  • We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged. Heinrich Heine
  • Women and birds are able to see without turning their heads, and that is indeed a necessary provision for they are both surrounded by enemies. James Stephens
  • You should always accept because of the pain it brings to your enemies. Maurice Bowra
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