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Enemies Quotes

An enemy or foe is a relativist term for an entity that is seen as forcefully adverse or threatening. The term is usually used within the greater context of war, to denote an opposing group and the individuals within as threats to one's own national, ethic, or political group. Here is a collection of famous enemy quotes. Read these famous enemy quotations and sayings to understand how to identify your enemies, to stay away from them, and to deal with them.

Baltasar Gracian

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

Adolf Hitler

Hate is more lasting than dislike.

Stephen King

Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.

Salvador Dali

Let my enemies devour each other.

Walt Whitman

I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.

Washington Irving

A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all.

Walter Winchell

The best way to get along is never to forgive an enemy or forget a friend.

Winston Churchill

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.

Woodrow Wilson

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.

Dalai Lama

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.

Adolf Hitler

Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.

Thomas Jefferson

An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.

Soren Kierkegaard

At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.

Laurence Sterne

For every ten jokes you acquire a hundred enemies.

Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.

Robert Kennedy

Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.


I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.

Camille Paglia

The only thing that will be remembered about my enemies after they're dead is the nasty things I've said about them.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Method is more important than strength, when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake, a crow once managed To have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads.

Leon Trotsky

Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies.

Edgar Watson Howe

Instead of loving your enemies - treat your friends a little better.

Quentin Crisp

Abatement in the hostility of one's enemies must never be thought to signify they have been won over. It only means that one has ceased to constitute a threat.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbour.

Andre Gide

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.

George Foreman

My friends know that they're my friends - even my enemies know that they're my friends.

Napoleon Bonaparte

The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.

Golda Meir

Even paranoids have real enemies.

Billy Graham

God's angels often protect his servants from potential enemies.


I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.

Christopher Morley

The enemies of the future are always the very nicest people.

Elizabeth I

Monarchs ought to put to death the authors and instigators of war, as their sworn enemies and as dangers to their states.

Audre Lorde

Black women sharing close ties with each other, politically or emotionally, are not the enemies of Black men.


Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them.

Abraham Lincoln

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?

Joseph Conrad

Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity. That complete, praiseworthy sincerity which, while it delivers one into the hands of one's enemies, is as likely as not to embroil one with one's friends.

Elbert Hubbard

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.

Oscar Wilde

An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him.

James Madison

Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.

Honoré de Balzac

Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!

Joseph Addison

When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.

Oscar Wilde

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.

Baltasar Gracian

Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Whoever benefits his enemy with straightforward intention that man's enemies will soon fold their hands in devotion.

Mahatma Gandhi

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.

Ambrose Bierce

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 failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.

Napolean Hill

No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him.

William James

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.

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Lao Tzu

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.

Elbert Hubbard

So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs.


I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.

Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

The social kiss is an exchange of insincerity between two combatants on the field of social advancement. It places hygiene before affection and condescension before all else.