Have I not destroyed my enemy when I make him into my friend?
Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est. Applaud, my friends, the comedy is over. SeeAugustus 42:48.1827 Quoted in Ian Crofton and Donald Fraser A Dictionary of Musical Quotations (1985), quoting the last words of Augustus as he lay dying.
A slender acquaintance with the world, must convince every man, that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of good-will are far from being the surest marks of it.George Washington, attributed in John Frederick Schroeder, ed. Maxims of Washington (1855).
He (King Philip) wanted as many Greeks as possible to take part in the festivities in honour of the gods, and so planned brilliant musical contests and lavish banquets for his friends and guests. Out of all Greece he summoned his personal guest-friends and ordered the members of his court to bring along as many as they could of their acquaintances from abroad.diodorus siculus
If you want enemies excel others, if you want friends let others excel you.Specified as a proverb in "140". Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and Arranged Alphabetically. G. P. Putnam's sons. 1887. p. 409.
Some paintings become famous because, being durable, they are viewed by successive generations, in each of which are likely to be found a few appreciative eyes. I know a painting so evanescent that it is seldom viewed at all, except by some wandering deer. It is a river who wields the brush, and it is the same river who, before I can bring my friends to view his work, erases it forever.aldo leopold