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.
The Mao quote is one I picked up from the late Republican strategist Lee Atwater from something I read in the late 1980s, so I hope I don't get my progressive friends mad at me. The use of the phrase 'favorite political philosophers' was intended as irony, but clearly the effort fell flat -- at least with a certain Fox commentator whose sense of irony may be missing.anita dunn
Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk.Peggy Noonan, in What I Saw at the Revolution : A Political Life in the Reagan Era (1990), p. 321
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).
The belief that the gods delighted especially in the gift of human blood was responsible for the widespread custom of offering up captured enemies, and sometimes even friends and relatives, upon the alter. A vast chasm separates this conception from the present belief in God as an ethical person, holy and righteous beyond comparison, who has boundless affection for his children, who seeks in every way possible to help them, and who longs to enter into a deeper companionship with them.p.30 (Something More, A Consideration of the Vast, Undeveloped Resources of Life (1920))
The Sardinians are a sturdy race, but at the same time alert, lively, and brave, even to rashness:;; firm friends but implacable enemies; quick of understanding, of vivacious imagination and passionately fond of poetry, zealous in maintaining their rights and liberty, but loyal and fond of their King and Country.John Smith - A System of Modern Geography: Or, the Natural and Political History of the Present State of the World, Volume 2 - Sherwood Neely and Jones, 1811
This is for my peoples who just lost somebody,your best friend, your baby, your man or your lady,put your hand way up high,we will never say bye,mamas, daddies, sisters, brothers, friends and cousins,this is for my peoples who lost their grandmothers,lift your head to the sky,cause we will never say bye.mariah carey
That holy, humble, meek, modest, retiring Form, sometimes called the Spirit of Prayer, has been dragged from the closet, and so rudely handled by some of her professed friends, that she has not only lost all her wonted loveliness, but is now stalking the street, in some places, stark mad.asahel nettleton
Do not think that one enemy is insignificant, or that a thousand friends are too many. (Strauss 1994, p. 718)The enemy of my enemy, is my friend."Those who dislike or oppose the same person or thing are bound to be friends or allies."
My friends are my "estate." Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them.Letter to Samuel Bowles (August 1858 or 1859), letter #193 of The Letters of Emily Dickinson, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, assoc. ed. Theodora Ward, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1958