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Enemies Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Enemies.

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

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology Government Political Hate

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

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

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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

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

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

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

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

(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

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, 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Always forgive your enemies -
nothing annoys them so much.
- Oscar Wilde

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)

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

If you want to make enemies,
try to change something.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

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

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

We make our friends; we make our enemies;
but God makes our next-door neighbor.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

As our enemies have found, we can reason like men,
so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
- Thomas Jefferson

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
- the movie The Godfather, Part II

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

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

Women and birds are able to see without turning their heads,
and that is indeed a necessary provision for they are
both surrounded by enemies.
- James Stephens

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

Wars teach us not to love our enemies,
but to hate our allies.
- W. L. George

We have real enemies in the world.
These enemies must be found.
They must be pursued and they must be defeated.
- Barack Obama

Comforts and syphilis are the greatest enemies of mankind.
- Alexis Carrel

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

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.
- William James

If we follow the traditional way of thought,
there will always be traditional enemies.
Extremist circles from both sides will find causes
to give rise to problems.
- Fatos Nano

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

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

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.
- James Madison

Dictators must have enemies.
They must have internal enemies to justify their secret
police and external enemies to justify their military forces.
- Richard Perle

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

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

But primitive man had enemies real as well as imaginary,
and they were not subject to priestly sorceries.
- Paul Harris

The Prophet defeated the enemies of Islam even when
he and his followers were small in number.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Pick your enemies carefully or you'll never make it in Los Angeles.
- Rona Barrett

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

No people in history have ever survived who thought
they could protect their freedom by making themselves
inoffensive to their enemies.
- Dean Acheson

If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends.
You talk to your enemies.
- Moshe Dayan

A President is best judged by the enemies he makes
when he has really hit his stride.
- Max Lerner

If you don't have enemies, you don't have character.
- Paul Newman

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

Forget your enemies.
It's your friends you frustrate that cause all the problems.
- Michael J. Tucker

You see, we are here, as far as I can tell,
to help each other; our brothers, our sisters,
our friends, our enemies.
That is to help each other and not hurt each other.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan

I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you,
but your friends will kill you.
- Ann Richards

Ideas are more powerful than guns.
We would not let our enemies have guns,
why should we let them have ideas.
- Joseph Stalin

When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.
- Khalil Gibran

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


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