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Enemies

  • It pays to know the enemy — not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.

  • People wish their enemies dead — but I do not; I say give them the gout, give them the stone!

  • Enemies are, to me, as important as friends in my life, and when they die I mourn their passing.

  • ... lifelong enemies are, I think, as hard to make and as important to one's well-being as lifelong friends.

  • Thank Fate for foes! I hold mine dear / As valued friends. He cannot know / The zest of life who runneth here / His earthly race without a foe.

  • Enemies are an indication of character.

  • I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.

  • Kinder the enemy who must malign us, / Than the smug friend who will define us.

  • Only people who're positive enough to have friends have enemies.

  • ... nothing is so capable of overturning a good intention as to show a distrust of it; to be suspected for an enemy, is often sufficient to make a person become one ...

    • Madame de Sévigné,
    • 1670, Letters of Madame de Sévigné to Her Daughter and Her Friends, vol. 1 ()
  • ... a healthy touch of paranoia makes it that much more difficult for your enemies to get to you.

  • ... enemies are created, not born ...

  • Like I always say, if you sit long enough by the crack of the door, you'll see your enemy go by in a hearse.

  • Friends die one by one, but so, thank God, do enemies.

    • Agnes de Mille,
    • in Carol Easton, No Intermissions: The Life of Agnes de Mille ()
  • When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I'm slipping.

    • Maria Callas,
    • in Arianna Stassinopoulos, Maria Callas: The Woman Behind the Legend ()
  • The most dangerous enemy in the world is the one you do not recognize.

  • ... Prudence advises us to use our enemies as if one day they might be friends.

  • I don't have a warm personal enemy left. They've all died off. I miss them terribly because they helped define me.

  • You have no enemy until you make one.

  • It's you' friends that do you — you' enemies cain' get to you.

  • Friends are transitory, but enemies are cumulative, not only along time but in space. That means that you don't only accumulate more and more of your own enemies over time, but you pick up the enemies of your friends.

  • Don't bring prejudices to other people's houses. Your worst enemy must be treated with special courtesy when you meet him or her at dinner. It will be all the more fun to cut him the next day.

  • ... we learn truth from our enemies.

  • The knowledge of ourselves is a difficult study, and we must be willing to borrow the eyes of our enemies to assist the investigation.

  • Never destroy without thought your enemy's pretences; they are usually your best weapon against him.

  • We no more forget the faces of our enemies than of those we love.

  • I make enemies deliberately. They are the sauce piquante to my dish of life.

  • Enemies are so stimulating.

  • A man can choose his enemies but not his supporters.

  • It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.

  • To have a good enemy, choose a friend: he knows where to strike.

    • Diane de Poitiers,
    • in Leonard Louis Levinson, ed., Bartlett's Unfamiliar Quotations ()
  • Important enemies to me are the sauce piquante to my dish of life!

  • Our enemy is by tradition our savior, in preventing us from superficiality.

    • Joyce Carol Oates,
    • in William Phillips, ed., Partisan Review 50th Anniversary Edition ()