Attributed, collected in The Words of Martin Luther King.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.Mahatma Gandhi
Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.antisthenes
One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.Jonathan Swift, Quoted in Letter. (30 May 1710)
Our enemies will tell the rest with pleasure.Bishop Fleetwood, Preface to Sermons. Ordered burned by House of Commons, May, 1712.
He has no enemy, you say; My friend your boast is poor, He who hath mingled in the fray Of duty that the brave endure Must have made foes. If he has none Small is the work that he has done. He has hit no traitor on the hip; Has cast no cup from perjured lip; Has never turned the wrong to right; Has been a coward in the fight.Anastasius Grün (Free Translation)
I have beheld no day since the commencement of hostilities that I have thought her liberties in such eminent danger as at present. Friends and foes seem now to combine to pull down the goodly fabric as we have hitherto been raising at the expence of so much time, blood, and treasure; and unless the bodies politick will exert themselves to bring things back to first principles, correct abuses, and punish our internal foes, inevitable ruin must follow.George Washington, letter to George Mason (March 27, 1779), in John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington (1936), vol. 14, p. 300.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.oscar wilde
I do believe, Induced by potent circumstances, that You are mine enemy; and make my challenge You shall not be my judge.william shakespeare
That you have many enemies, that know not Why they are so, but, like to village-curs, Bark when their fellows do.william shakespeare
Inventé par le caloumnateur ennemy.Invented by the calumniating enemy.
Now the trumpet summons us again not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need not as a call to battle, though embattled we are but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation" a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself.John F. Kennedy, inaugural address, January 20, 1961. The Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1961, p. 2. The words in quotation marks are from the Bible, Romans 12:12. This is one of seven inscriptions carved on the walls at the gravesite of John F. Kennedy, Arlington National Cemetery.
It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.Sally Kempton, as quoted in Before It's Too Late: Helping Women in Controlling or Abusive Relationships (1995) by Robert J. Ackerman, Ph.D. and Susan E. Pickering, Health Communications, Inc.; and in Feminist Critical Policy Analysis II: A Perspective from Post-Secondary Education (1997) by Catherine Marshall, Falmer Press
We have met the enemy and he is us.Walt Kelly, the words of Pogo in an Earth Day, 1971, cartoon strip, The Best of Pogo, ed. Mrs. Walt Kelly and Bill Crouch, Jr., p. 163 (1982). This succinct expression was derived from a sentence in the Foreword of an earlier publication, The Pogo Papers (1953): Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.
A man's enemies have no power to harm him, if he is true to himself and loyal to God.John Bartholomew Gough, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 208
You and I were long friends; you are now my enemy, and I am yours.Benjamin Franklin, letter to William Strahan (July 5, 1775)
There is only one thing more useful in politics than having the right friends, and that is having the right enemies.Anonymous, Economist 375: 8432 (25 June 2005), p. 84
Always forgive your enemies nothing annoys them so much.oscar wilde
Frenemies are enemies who act like friends. We call them "frenemies".Gretchen Weiners
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.J. K. Rowling
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