Quotes about Enemies

"An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him."

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his many epigrams, his plays which are still revived, and the tragedy of his imprisonment and early death.


"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his many epigrams, his plays which are still revived, and the tragedy of his imprisonment and early death.


"I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12,1945) also known by his initials, FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war.


"I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends."

Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist.


"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas."

Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (18 December 1878 – 5 March 1953) served as the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. Stalin assumed the leading role in Soviet politics after Vladimir Lenin's death in 1924, and gradually marginalized his opponents until he had become the unchallenged leader of the Soviet Union.


"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies."

Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 5, 1968) also referred to by his initials RFK, was an American politician, a Democratic Senator from New York, and a noted civil rights activist. An icon of modern American liberalism, he was a younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and acted as one of his advisers during his presidency.


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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, play writing, journalism, public lecturing and debating, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction.


"I bring out the worst in my enemies and that's how I get them to defeat themselves."

Roy Marcus Cohn (February 20, 1927 – August 2, 1986) was an American attorney who became famous during Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigations into Communist activity in the United States during the Second Red Scare.