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.     


Enemies are so stimulating.     

Katharine Hepburn

Enemies promises were made to be broken.     


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.     


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.     


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.     


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.     


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.     


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.     


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


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.     


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.     


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.     


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.     


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