Quotes about Enemies

"Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them."

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [January 6, 1705 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.


"A flatterer is a secret enemy."

- (-) Hungarian Proverb


"Lend money to an enemy, and thou will gain him, to a friend and thou will lose him."

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [January 6, 1705 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.


"Never explain -- your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway."

Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. He was an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts movement.


"Lord, defend me from my friends; I can account for my enemies."

Charles D'Hericault (-)


"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."

Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a military and political leader of France and Emperor of the French as Napoleon I, whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century.


"In order to have an enemy, one must be somebody. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force. A malicious enemy is better than a clumsy friend."

Anne Sophie Swetchine (November 22, 1782 – 1857) known as Madame Swetchine, was a Russian mystic, born in Moscow, and famous for her salon in Paris.


"Enemies are so stimulating."

Katharine Houghton Hepburn (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress of film, stage, and television.


"Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake."

Persian Proverb (-)


"We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King is often presented as a heroic leader in the history of modern American liberalism.