Quotes About Enemies

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Oscar Wilde
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
Oscar Wilde

Abraham Lincoln
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
Abraham Lincoln

Friedrich Nietzsche
“The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Napoléon Bonaparte
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
Napoléon Bonaparte

Oscar Wilde
“I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects.”
Oscar Wilde

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

Mahatma Gandhi
“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Martin Luther King Jr.
“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from "Loving Your Enemies")”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mahatma Gandhi
“It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Franklin D. Roosevelt
“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Frank Sinatra
“Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.”
Frank Sinatra

Voltaire
“Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies."
(Voltaire on his deathbed in response to a priest asking him that he renounce Satan.)”
Voltaire

Baltasar Gracián
“A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”
Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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

George Orwell
“We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”
George Orwell, 1984

Bob Marley
“Your Worst Enemy Could Be Your Best Friend && Your Best Friend Your Worst Enemy”
Bob Marley

Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty,
“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
“Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. 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 Sr.

Israelmore Ayivor
“Save your skin from the corrosive acids from the mouths of toxic people. Someone who just helped you to speak evil about another person can later help another person to speak evil about you.”
Israelmore Ayivor

Eminem
“If you have enemies, good
that means you stood up for something.”
Eminem

Shannon L. Alder
“Staying silent is like a slow growing cancer to the soul and a trait of a true coward. There is nothing intelligent about not standing up for yourself. You may not win every battle. However, everyone will at least know what you stood for—YOU.”
Shannon L. Alder

Paul   Newman
“A man with no enemies is a man with no character.”
Paul Newman

Homer
“There is nothing 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, The Odyssey

Laurell K. Hamilton
“The truth may not set you free, but used carefully, it can confuse the hell out of your enemies.”
Laurell K. Hamilton, Micah

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. 'The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared' (Luther).”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

Sidney Sheldon
“To be successful you need friends and to be very successful you need enemies.”
Sidney Sheldon, The Other Side of Midnight

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Protect your good image from the eyes of negative viewers, who may look at your good appearance with an ugly fiendish eye, and ruin your positive qualities with their chemical infested tongues.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Criss Jami
“It's not about going around trying to stir up trouble. As long as you're honest and you articulate what you believe to be true, somebody somewhere will become your enemy whether you like it or not.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Leigh Bardugo
“I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important.”
Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

Charlotte Brontë
“I can be on guard against my enemies, but God deliver me from my friends!”
Charlotte Brontë, The Letters of Charlotte Brontë

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