Enemies Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old enemies quotes, enemies sayings, and enemies proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. Winston Churchill
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John F. Kennedy
The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. Abraham Lincoln
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. Nelson Mandela
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Napoleon Bonaparte
If you want to make enemies, try to change something. Woodrow Wilson
The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy. Friedrich Nietzsche
If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near. Sun Tzu
Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults. Antisthenes
Enemies are so stimulating. Katharine Hepburn
Enemies promises were made to be broken. Aesop
One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good. Jonathan Swift
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
Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. Mario Puzo
It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. Sally Kempton
Love your enemies; for they shall tell you all your faults. Benjamin Franklin
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. Eric Hoffer
The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on. Joseph Heller
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction. Aesop
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. William Blake
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
Bear patiently with a rival. Ovid
I bring out the worst in my enemies and that's how I get them to defeat themselves. Roy M. Cohn
I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. Abraham Lincoln
Forgive your enemies, but first get even. Lester Cole
If you don't have enemies, you don't have character. Paul Newman
Enemies, as well as lovers, come to resemble each other over a period of time. Sydney J. Harris
As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also. Thomas Jefferson
Our enemies are our outward consciences. Shakespeare
An enemy despised is the most dangerous of all enemies. Publius Syrus
It is from our enemies that we often gain excellent maxims, and are frequently surprised into reason by their mistakes. Thomas Paine
Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good. Sophocles
Our enemies will tell the rest with pleasure. Bishop William Fleetwood
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Arabic Proverb
We can learn even from our enemies. Ovid
An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes. Thomas Jefferson
Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. Sun Tzu
When the enemy attacks you, it means you are on the right road. Enver Hoxha
Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically. Mao Zedong
We need a common enemy to unite us. Condoleezza Rice
Give the enemy not only a road for flight, but also a means of defending it. Thomas Hardy
A distant enemy is always preferable to one at the gate. Emil Cioran
If you had no enemies, you had no fun. Denis Leary
Every educated person is a future enemy. Martin Bormann
It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance. Dalai Lama
Everyone needs a warm personal enemy or two to keep him free from rust in the movable parts of his mind. Gene Fowler
Give the enemy an inch, he'll take a yard. Monica Crowley
Flee an enemy who knows your weakness. Pierre Corneille
One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy. E. B. White
The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche
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
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love. Mahatma Gandhi
Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy. Frank Sinatra
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends. Baltasar Gracian
Never explain―your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. Elbert Hubbard
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
If you have enemies, good that means you stood up for something. Eminem
Those who pray for your downfall are concentrating negative thoughts towards you, without taking cognisance of the slippery ground in which they are standing, which could lead to their downfall. Michael Bassey Johnson
A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him. Aesop
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not work those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself. Alfred Lord Tennyson
Bitter people are not interested in what you say, but what you hide. Shannon L. Alder
Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems. William Shakespeare
The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction. Aesop
When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend. William Blake
Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible; and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands. Sun Tzu
If people think nature is their friend then they sure don't need an enemy. Kurt Vonnegut
People from the past, have a tendency to walk back into the present, and run over the future. Anthony Liccione
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
Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants. Walter Winchell
Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. Ronald Reagan
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
To love our enemy is impossible. The moment we understand our enemy, we feel compassion towards him/her, and he/she is no longer our enemy. Thich Nhat Hanh
When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. Winston Churchill
Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment. Mario Puzo
Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty. Stephen King
It's not enough to hate your enemy. You have to understand how the two of you bring each other to deep completion. Don DeLillo
For the enemy to be recognized and feared, he has to be in your home or on your doorstep. Umberto Eco
The truth may not set you free, but used carefully, it can confuse the hell out of your enemies. Laurell K. Hamilton
Scratch a lover, and find a foe. Dorothy Parker
If you are without an enemy in the world, you may be a lamb or an ass, but you are not a man. Austin O'Malley
Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind, it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate. Robert A. Heinlein
You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it. Gustave Flaubert
I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role. Eleanor Roosevelt
Let my enemies devour each other. Salvador Dali
We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection. Jean Paul
Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. Antisthenes
Never wound a snake; kill it. Harriet Tubman
Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. Ian Fleming
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. Napoleon Bonaparte
If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. Desmond Tutu
The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense. Pablo Picasso
A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies. Oscar Wilde
Time is my greatest enemy. Evita Peron
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. Martin Luther King
The enemies of the future are always the very nicest people. Christopher Morley
Faith activates God - Fear activates the Enemy. Joel Osteen
No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him. Napoleon Hill
Sooner or later we all must die. Warriors choose to do so on their feet, standing between their enemies and those they hold dear. With a weapon in their hands. Cowards choose to do so on their bellies. Unarmed. David Gell
Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up. Mahatma Gandhi
Friends come and go but enemies accumulate. Arthur Bloch
Memory is man's greatest friend and worst enemy. Gilbert Parker
That is the thankless position of the father in the family-the provider for all, and the enemy of all. August Strindberg
We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor. Gilbert K. Chesterton
However bad a man, he will have some friends: however good, he will have some enemies. Ivan Panin
Always presume that the enemy has dangerous designs and always be forehanded with the remedy. But do not let these calculations make your timid. Frederick The Great
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. Confucius
If you want enemies, excel others; if you want friends, let others excel you. Charles Caleb Colton
It is a pitiful fortune that is not without enemies. Publilius Syrus
Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else unless it is an enemy. Albert Einstein