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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.

Stephen King

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

Sun Tzu

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.

Adolf Hitler

Hate is more lasting than dislike.

Hillary Clinton

In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said 70 times 7. Well, I want you all to know that I'm keeping a chart.

Elizabeth I

The past cannot be cured.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.

Sun Tzu

For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards.

Hillary Clinton

Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price.

Sun Tzu

If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.

Baltasar Gracian

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

Salvador Dali

Let my enemies devour each other.

Sun Tzu

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.

Walter Winchell

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

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.

Kurt Cobain

A friend is nothing but a known enemy.

Sun Tzu

If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Quentin Crisp

The war between the sexes is the only one in which both sides regularly sleep with the enemy.

John F. Kennedy

We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

George Washington

Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.

Leon Trotsky

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

Dalai Lama

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

William Blake

I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

He makes no friends who never made a foe.

Bertrand Russell

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.

Joseph Conrad

Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.

Sun Tzu

In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.

Ambrose Bierce

Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Apology is only egotism wrong side out.

Abraham Lincoln

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.

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.

Baltasar Gracian

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

Abraham Lincoln

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?


Better is the enemy of good.

William Blake

Forgiveness of enemies can only come upon their repentance.

Sun Tzu

Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.


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 excell

James Madison

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Alexander Hamilton

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Napoleon Bonaparte

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.

Robert Kennedy

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

Christopher Morley

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

Jon Stewart

Many of our soldiers are stationed at Camp Coyote just south of the Iraqi border. This is how you know we have a strong army, when you can actually tell your enemy exactly where your camp is and what its name is.

Billy Graham

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

Abraham Lincoln

A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.

Sun Tzu

Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge.

Eric Hoffer

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.

William Blake

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

Arthur Ashe

We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy.

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 unchar

Winston Churchill

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

Nelson Mandela

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.

Oscar Wilde

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.

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.

Mahatma Gandhi

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.

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.