Men of sense often learn from their enemies. It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war; and this lesson saves their children, their homes, and their properties.
Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.
Whatever the number of a man’s friends, there will be times in his life when he has one too few; but if he has only one enemy, he is lucky indeed if he has not one too many.
~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Some men are more beholden to their bitterest enemies than to friends who appear to be sweetness itself. The former frequently tell the truth, but the latter never.
There is no little enemy.
~ Benjamin Franklin
The space in a needle’s eye is sufficient for two friends, but the whole world is scarcely big enough to hold two enemies.
~ Solomon Ibn Gabirol
Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.
~ Baltasar Gracian
Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
~ Thomas Jones
Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.
~ La Rochefoucauld
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
We should ever conduct ourselves towards our enemy as if he were one day to be our friend.
~ John Henry Newman
The hatred we bear our enemies injures their happiness less than our own.
~ J. Petitsenn
It is the enemy whom we do not suspect who is the most dangerous.
~ Fernando Rojas
O wise man, wash your hands of that friend who associates with your enemies.
A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.
~ Friedrich Schiller
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
~ The Bible, Proverbs 25:21