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Wise Quotes about Enemies

May you find great value in these Enemies quotes and sayings.

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

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Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

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

 

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies,
but even more to stand up to your friends.
- J.K. Rowling

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

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

There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this,
we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love your enemies.
- Jesus (Matthew 5:44)

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
- Abraham Lincoln

We will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Choose your friends carefully.
Your enemies will choose you.
- Yasser Arafat

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world
that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -
must be broken, or else we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when
two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife,
confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.
- Homer

(Jesus on Love)
You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

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.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and pray for them
which despitefully use you and persecute you.
- Matthew 5:44

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.
- Oscar Wilde

To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s,
and I wouldn't wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.
- Lionel Blue

A man can't be too careful in the choice of enemies.
- Oscar Wilde

Never explain - your friends do not need it and your
enemies will not believe you anyway.
- Elbert Hubbard

It's said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies -
because you never know when you'll have to work with them.
- Lana Turner

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

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lovers may be and indeed generally are enemies,
but they never can be friends, because there must always
be a spice of jealousy and a something of Self in all their speculations.
- George Byron

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

Be assured those will be thy worst enemies,
not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee.
And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good,
but who have done good to thee.
- Tacitus

I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf.
I have never been depressed enough to take up the game,
but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.
- Will Rogers

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love.
There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love Your Enemies
Ye have heard that it hath been said,
Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
- Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 5:43-44)

We are all "neighbors."
Our world has gotten too small for us to be anything else.
We can no longer have "us" and "them" - friends and enemies.
A person from Iraq, or Russia, or Columbia is
no more a stranger or enemy than a person from across town.
A few people everywhere are troublemakers.
Every religion provokes a few people to become extremists.
Do we need police around the globe? Unfortunately, we always will.
Do we need war? Does that question even deserve an answer?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The enemies of freedom do not argue;
they shout and they shoot.
- William Ralph Inge

People who make music together cannot be enemies,
at least while the music lasts.
- Paul Hindemith

Except in cases of necessity, which are rare,
leave your friend to learn
unpleasant things from his enemies;
they are ready enough to tell them.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the U.S.
military machine to turn.
- John Stockwell

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us -
avarice,
ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished,
we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
- Petrarch

Our constitutional liberties shall not be sacrificed
in our search for greater security,
for that is what our enemies and all enemies of freedom
and democracy hope to achieve.
- Tammy Baldwin

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.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department.
Certainly I have made fewer enemies,
but that isn't very difficult.
- Arthur Miller

I make enemies deliberately.
They are the sauce piquante to my dish of life.
- Elsa Maxwell

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.
- William Hazlitt

It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies;
seldom safe to venture to instruct,
even our friends.
- Charles Caleb Colton

We English are good at forgiving our enemies;
it releases us from the obligation of liking our friends.
- P. D. James

The Irish do not want anyone to wish them well;
they want everyone to wish their enemies ill.
- Harold Nicolson

I'm just grateful to be on this planet.
I have no enemies that I know of.
I'm just the guy who makes happy.
- Chubby Checker

Terrorism is a real despair.
These are people for whom life has been so negative
that they're willing to die if they can take down some of their enemies.
- John Shelby Spong

It is not enough for me to win.
My enemies must lose.
- David Merrick

Many journalists seem to believe that we have become
little different from our enemies.
- Linda Chavez

He killed his enemies because he was afraid they would kill him.
Amin ordered entire tribes to be put to death,
because he feared they would rebel.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

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

Enemies make you stronger, allies make you weaker.
- Frank Herbert

I can't afford a whole new set of enemies.
- Cecil Beaton

I have no trouble with my enemies.
I can take care of my enemies in a fight.
But my friends, my goddamned friends,
they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!
- Warren G. Harding

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

We seem to be our own worst enemies.
We should require critical U.S.
infrastructure to remain in U.S.
hands.
- Duncan Hunter

We have common enemies today.
It's called childhood poverty.
It's called cancer.
It's called AIDS.
It's called Parkinson's.
It's called Muscular Dystrophy.
- Jerry Doyle

The existing system will be quickest and most radically
overthrown by the annihilation of its exponents.
Therefore, massacres of the enemies of the people must be set in motion.
- Johann Most

Do feuds ever end?
Only when both sides shake hands,
and agree that there is no winner, no loser,
only people who have wearied of fighting
and desire to live in peace.
For many years, Northern Ireland was locked
in a murderous and seemingly unending feud.
The key to ending the feud was a shared commitment
that peace was more important than vengeance.
That is always the choice to be made.
The organizers of an April 10, 2009
joint Protestant-Catholic commemoration
of the Northern Ireland dead,
comprised of members of the once-outlawed Sinn Fein
as well as their once-avowed enemies,
referred to, "the terrible, random nature
of death in war and civil conflict."
Some lessons have been learned, many more remain.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

People crushed by law have no hopes but from power.
If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
- John F. Kennedy

When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I'm slipping.
- Maria Callas

Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner,
but at the same time let them feel, the steadiness of your resentment.
- Lord Chesterfield

The French and the British are such good enemies that
they can't resist being friends.
- Peter Ustinov

No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his
or her won way is without enemies.
- Daisy Bates

Who are enemies? Those who oppose each others will.
- Mary Richards

Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.
- Baltasar Gracian

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


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