Sunday, February 6, 2011 – Enemies

He hasn’t an enemy in the world – but all his friends hate him. ~ Eddie Cantor

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.

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons. ~ C. S. Lewis

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

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

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: “O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.” And God granted it. ~ Voltaire

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

I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends. ~ Walt Whitman

Let my enemies devour each other. ~ Salvador Dali

We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies. ~ 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

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

When you’re taught to love everyone, to love your enemies, then what value does that place on love? ~ Marilyn Manson

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

So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill theirs. ~ Elbert Hubbard

I would not kill my enemies, but I will make them get down on their knees. I will, I can, I must. ~ Maria Callas

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

The enemies of the future are always the very nicest people. ~ Christopher Morley

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’m just grateful to be on this planet. I have no enemies that I know of. I’m just the guy who makes happy. ~ Chubby Checker

War is the slaughter of human beings, temporarily regarded as enemies, on as large a scale as possible. ~ Jeanette Rankin

Propaganda is that branch of the art of lying which consists in nearly deceiving your friends without quite deceiving your enemies. ~ F. M. Cornford

We English are good at forgiving our enemies; it releases us from the obligation of liking our friends. ~ P. D. James

People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts. ~ Paul Hindemith

I make enemies deliberately. They are the sauce piquante to my dish of life. ~ Elsa Maxwell

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

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

Money can’t buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy. ~ Spike Milligan

Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. ~ Romans 12:20

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane. ~ Mark Twain

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. ~ H. P. Lovecraft


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