An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The moment at which two people, approaching from opposite ends of a long passageway, recognize each other and immediately pretend they haven't. This is to avoid the ghastly embarrassment of having to continue recognizing each other the whole length of the corridor.


Douglas Adams (1952-, British science fiction writer)


Enemies’ promises were made to be broken.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


There once was a Bald Man who sat down after work on a hot summer's day. A Fly came up and kept buzzing about his bald pate, and stinging him from time to time. The Man aimed a blow at his little enemy, but -- whack -- his palm come on his own head instead; again the Fly tormented him, but this time the Man was wiser and said: "YOU WILL ONLY INJURE YOURSELF IF YOU TAKE NOTICE OF DISPICABLE ENEMIES."


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.


Saul Alinsky (1909-1972, American radical activist)


Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.


Antisthenes (388-311 BC, Greek dramatist)


Pay attention to your enemies for they are the first to discover your mistakes.


Antisthenes (388-311 BC, Greek dramatist)


Wise men learn many things from their enemies.


Aristophanes (BC 448-380, Greek comic poet, satirist)


When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


It is difficult to say who do you the most harm: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


If there be no enemy there's no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


The greatest enemies, and the ones we must mainly combat, are within. There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


We look upon the enemy of our souls as a conquered foe, so he is, but only to God, not to us.


Oswald Chambers (1874-1917, Scottish preacher, author)


The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts.


William Ellery Channing (1780-1842, American Unitarian minister, author)


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


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy -- the mother.


Claudette Colbert


You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


A strong foe is better than a weak friend.


Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977, American author, critic)


It is not necessary to have enemies if you go out of your way to make friends hate you.


Frank Dane


Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be a bunch of bastards.


R A Dickson


There is nothing like the sight of an old enemy down on his luck.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Enemies are so stimulating.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


I have had a lot of adversaries in my political life, but no enemies that I can remember.


Gerald R. Ford (1913-, American President (38th))


I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


There is no little enemy.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


No prudent antagonist thinks light of his adversaries.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


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


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends. They're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights!


Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865-1923, American President (29th))


One enemy is too much.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


No man should ever display his bravery unless he is prepared for battle, nor bear the marks of defiance, until he has experienced the abilities of his enemy.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


If it looks like shit, smells like shit, mail it to your enemy... he'll know what to do with it.


Doug Horton


Man's chief enemy is his own unruly nature and the dark forces put up within him.


Ernest Jones (1879-1958, British psychoanalyst)


We have meet the enemy; and he is us.


Walt Kelly (1913-1973, American animator, cartoonist)


The enemy is more easily overcome if he be not suffered to enter the door of our hearts, but be resisted without the gate at his first knock.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


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


Sally Kempton


Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


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


Stephen King (1947-, American horror writer, actor)


Even a paranoid can have enemies.


Henry Kissinger (1923-, American Secretary of State)


Our enemies approach nearer to truth in their judgments of us than we do ourselves.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Our enemies' opinion of us comes closer to the truth than our own.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Reconciliation with our enemies is simply a desire to better our condition, a weariness of war, or the fear of some unlucky thing from occurring.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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The real enemy can always be met and conquered, or won over. Real antagonism is based on love, a love which has not recognized itself.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


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


Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987, American diplomat, writer)


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


Christopher Morley (1890-1957, American novelist, journalist, poet)


He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


The worst enemy you can meet will always be you yourself; you lie waiting for yourself in caves and woods.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Even if fed milk, a snake will still emit poison.


Indian Proverb (Sayings of Indian origin)


Your true enemy lives in your own house.


Guatemalan Proverb


To take revenge on an enemy, give him an elephant -- first he must thank you for the gift, and then the elephant's appetite will deplete your enemy's resources.


Nepalese Proverb


Bear patiently with a rival.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


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.


Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374, Italian poet, humanist)


Man has no greater enemy than himself.


Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374, Italian poet, humanist)


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


Diane de Poitiers


The cat and the mouse can't be neighbors for long.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


A sensible enemy is better than a narrow-minded friend.


Algerian Proverb


The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


There is no such thing as an insignificant enemy.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


The person who has no enemies also has no friends.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


The enemy you know is better than the one you do not know.


Kenyian Proverb


False friends are worse than bitter enemies.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


If you must battle your enemy, hit him where it hurts him most.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Landing a single punch on your enemies nose is more satisfying than hearing well-intentioned advice from your elders.


Tibetan Proverb (Sayings of Tibetan origin)


Who are enemies? Those who oppose each others will.


Mary Caroline Richards


Was it a friend or foe that spread these lies? Nay, who but infants question in such wise,  'twas one of my most intimate enemies.


Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882, British poet, painter)


One must be a somebody before they can have an enemy. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force.


Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857, Russian author)


Remember, to them it is us who are the enemy.


N. F. Simpson


Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


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


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


Convince an enemy, convince him that he's wrong. To win a bloodless battle, the victory is long. A simple act of faith, reason over might. To blow up his children would only prove him right.


Gordon Sumner


Appear at points where the enemy must move quickly to defend; move quickly to places where you are not expected. An army may march great distances without distress if it marches through country where the enemy is not.


Sun Tzu (c 400-430 BC, Chinese military strategist, author of "Art of War")


One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


It is a pitiful fortune that is not without enemies.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 27:6


Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


A person is his own worst enemy.


Author Unknown


If thine enemy offend thee, give his child a drum.


Author Unknown


One reason we should love our enemies is that we made them ourselves. Another reason is that they keep us on our toes, a third reason is that we should make them our friends.


Author Unknown


Speak well of your enemies... you made them.


Author Unknown


Talk well of your friends and of your enemies say nothing.


Author Unknown


The person who builds a character makes foes.


Author Unknown


A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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