30 Quotes Comparing Friends and Enemies

Updated on July 3, 2020
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Friends and enemies are part of many of our lives.
Friends and enemies are part of many of our lives. | Source

Friends and enemies are a natural part of our adult lives. While some might prefer to live in a world of friends only, enemies can also contribute to the quality of our lives.

Some people say with pride, “I have no enemies.” It would be more accurate to say that they feel no hostility toward anyone, or that they do not know the people who feel hostile toward them. We may not be intentional about making enemies, and we may never identify some of them, but our mature, healthy attitude toward everyone is to be as friendly as possible, whenever possible.

In the following 30 quotes, we will learn to value both our friends and our enemies, and we will discover that there is room for both.

Similarities Between Friends and Enemies

1. "Know that you are your greatest enemy, but also your greatest friend." ―Jeremy Taylor

2. "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

3. "Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy." ―Henry Fielding

4. "Time can be an enemy or a friend." ―Joseph Brodsky

5. "Friends are nothing but a known enemy" ―Kurt Cobain

6. "Friendship or enmity is everywhere an affair of time and circumstance" ―Thucydides

7. "Saturday and Sunday were sworn enemies until one day when they both decided to sit down and talk. They found out that they both liked the same food. . . the same drinks . . . the same sports . . . the same TV programs . . . They became the best of friends after that, and the rest is history." ―Anthony T. Hincks

8. "Sometimes our greatest enemies on the ego level are our very best friends on the soul level." ―Catherine Carrigane

"Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it." —Tim Fargo
"Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it." —Tim Fargo | Source

Differences Between Friends and Enemies

9. "Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it."―Tim Fargo

10. "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." ―Martin Luther King Jr.

11. "Don't be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you." ―Dale Carnegie

12. "The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend." ―Aristotle

13. "I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects." ―Oscar Wilde

14. "Help someone, you earn a friend. Help someone too much, you make an enemy." ―Erol Ozan

15. "A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults" ―Mario Puzo

16. "He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,
And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. "
Ali Bin Abi Thalib

17. "I'd rather have an enemy who admits that they hate me, than a friend who secretly puts me down." ―Karen Salmansohn

18. "Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty." ―Stephen King

"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?" —Abraham Lincoln
"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?" —Abraham Lincoln | Source

Converting Enemies to Friends

19. "Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?" ―Abraham Lincoln

20. "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend." ―Martin Luther King Jr.

21. "Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies.’ It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. . . Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long." ―Martin Luther King Jr.

22. "It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion." ―Mahatma Gandhi

23. "We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them." ―George Orwell

24. "You can always befriend an enemy if you stay kind, give them a second chance, and make them understand why you did it. Be trustful, but not naïve." ―Tamuna Tsertsvadze

There’s A Place for Enemies

25. "To be successful you need friends and to be very successful you need enemies." ―Sidney Sheldon

26. "It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you." ―Mark Twain

27. "We should also respect the enemy in our friend." ―Friedrich Nietzsche

28. "It is a good man who stands up for his friends, but an honorable man who stands up for his enemies." ―Violet Haberdasher

29. "A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends." ―Baltasar Gracian

30. "Enemies aid in making us better. . . I look at their disapprovals as an opportunity to keep improving myself. Sometimes the enemy sees more truth of you than your friends." ―Levon Peter Poe

For which of these quotes do you have the best proof that it's true?

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      Antonio50S 

      2 days ago

      To Dora.

      You're OK you are, because I know you listen deep down.

      Tony.

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      Antonio50S 

      3 days ago

      On the Subject of Friends and Enemies.

      Good Friends DON'T "always" tell you what you want to hear.

      If I had Friends that kept telling me how good and tallented I was all the while, after a while it wouldn't mean anything, plus I would get suspicious of them.

      Some of my best Friends tell me Straight to my Face when I am wrong, and have So much respect for them in doing that. It means they are concerned about me.

      That's a good feeling.

      Tony.

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      Antonio50S 

      3 days ago

      Dora.

      The reason our topics surprise us is because we're all picking up information from "each other" None of us are any better than the next in the eye's of God, but when we are told again and again our good our topics are, we start to think we are somehow chosen by God, therefore different.

      People that want to make Jesus and God's name Known would NOT care about people's approval either way.

      Maybe that's why I'm reluctant about writing on Hubs.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Bill. Sometimes, my topics surprise me too. Happy when my ardent supporters like you, appreciate them.

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      William Kovacic 

      3 days ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Interesting topic, Dora. You have a way of pulling out some unique topics. I'm not sure I ever heard this discussed in this way. Great perspective and much to think about!

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      Antonio50S 

      4 days ago

      To Dora.

      Apology for raising the Interpretation of the word Enemy, but really it was more than just that. When you mentioned the word "Progress" as well it reminded me of my former Associates.

      For years they were Quoting ( John 17:3 ) As "Taking in KNOWLEGE of God" for salvation. I used to ring up their branch offices to explain that's not what the Greek word or text In (17:3 ) says. "Ginosko" should Never be translated "To learn about" or to "Take knowledge of" Greek Lexicons translate the word to KNOW, or getting to know God, Especially by "trust and personal Experience" Something you don't get by knowledge alone, but in either case, "Ginisko" means to KNOW, or getting to Know.

      That is Important, because if their view is about Knowledge itself, it will Never be enough, and it also creates a sense of superiority over other Faith Groups. When i tried to explain what that word meant, all I got was Who are you to Question the Governing Body, then some time later, they changed the word "Ginosko" to Know, or getting to know.

      I think they would have changed it anyway ? But the point is, you don't Question the GB, Gods mouthpiece as they say. But one verse in the bible sticks out. ( Psalms 146:3 ) "Do not put your trust in princes, in Mortal men, who CANNOT save" They would apply that verse to Everyone and Every Faith Group except for their own. Only God through Jesus Can Save. Knowledge is OK as well, but that's not what saves.

      Sorry Dora, not disparaging anyone, but when a Faith group can Psychologically trap their members into thinking we're Gods mouthpiece, that will never take into account All the various personalities people have. As a result, many will end up with Mental Health Issues because you cannot move Forward or Backwards, or have your OWN Personal faith based on trust and Experience. Plus the GB cannot Equate themselves to the First Centuary GB or Jerusalem Council, because that Council was NOT there to direct the affairs of the early church. They never even knew Paul was preaching to the Gentiles, untill Paul explaind it in ( Acts 15 )

      I Love these Quotes Dora :) I Love everybody. That's why the Faith has to be a FREE and Personal Faith. Otherwise it's a Love Killer. "Way, Truth, and Life" Jesus. Not GB.

      Tony.

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      Antonio50S 

      4 days ago

      Oh no Dora, it's me again ( Smile )

      I read "your" definition of an Enemy to Lori.

      Respectfully speaking, I don't think that's the biblical or even Secular view of an Enemy. As Lori and yourself said, it's Important to know and Recognize the Enemy.

      Depending on what part of the world we're living in, our view of an Enemy could change, but a Real Enemy is Not really Interested in standing in the way of anyones Personal Progress. Their Ultimate Goal is to wish Harm, Injury, and Destruction, as well as Personal Failures, which really is the same if you think about it.

      At other times a person may appear to be an Enemy, but really their Intentions are meant for the Good. In that case, they are not a Real Enemy. Respectfully speaking again, Not sure if God is really Interested in Personal Progress, as opposed to being a follower of Jesus himself ? Though Personal Progress would follow as a result.

      I go along with what Jesus said. "He who is not with me is agaist me" He also said "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy" we all know what they did to him.

      Tony.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Mona. So many similar behaviors for friends and enemies, and so many opportunities to make friends of enemies.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      5 days ago from Philippines

      Hi Dora, I really enjoyed this article. It lent so much nuance to friends and enemies. My favorite quote was this:

      “You can always befriend an enemy if you stay kind, give them a second chance, and make them understand why you did it. Be trustful, but not naïve.” ―Tamuna Tsertsvadze

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 days ago from The Caribbean

      Rajan, I agree with you. Thanks for weighing in.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 days ago from The Caribbean

      Lori, my definition of an enemy is one who intentionally stands in my way of progress; their efforts may be physical, mental, spiritual or any other way. Sometimes that enemy could be a "so-called" friend; sometimes it could be me. And yes, it is important to recognize the enemy. Thanks for the question.

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      Antonio50S 

      5 days ago

      Something i forgot to add Dora.

      No matter how good we treat some of our Enemies, they will Still be an Enemy to us in return, but that's their Issue, Their Free Will & Choice to be that way, but God is a Moral and Just God. When he decides to bring Judgements on the Nations, it will be when people have deviated and desensitized their Conscience to the point of no return, based on their own Freedom of Choice.

      As you say though, there is room for both Friends and Enemies, but the benefits go in favour to the Friendly.

      ( James 4:1-3 ) Explains "Some" of the reasons why Enemies Exist. That's due to the "Desires that battle WITHIN"

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I love the quotes. Friends and enemies are two sides of the same coin. It's all about flipping the coin.

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      Lori Colbo 

      5 days ago from Pacific Northwest

      Dora, I always love your topics. This was fabulous. We get glimpses here at what an enemy is, but what is your definition of an enemy? It's important to know your enemy.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 days ago from The Caribbean

      Good observation, Brenda. "Friendship and enemies...sometimes are from the same batch." Suddenly enemies don't look so frightening.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      6 days ago from Washington Court House

      Ms. Dora,

      This one has alot of wonderful quotes.

      Friendship and enemies...sometimes are from the same batch.

      A friends silence...an enemy making you live up to it...knowing you are your own best friend and enemy...wise men get more use from his enemies.

      Great article.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 days ago from The Caribbean

      Devika, I appreciate your kind comment. You're right. If we are determined to work together for the common good, we can do it.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Dora this is an interesting and well-informed hub. Enemies and friends surely have their differences but can work well together if needed. Thank you

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      Antonio50S 

      6 days ago

      Hello Dora again.

      Just Quoting from ( Romans 12:20 ) "If your Enemy is hungry, feed him, if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD"

      That verse is taken from the book of Proverbs which means, when we treat our Enemies Good despite how they treat us, it AWAKENS their conscience, because deep down we all know the difference between "Right and Wrong"

      If we read from ( Verse 9-20 ) Vs 17 says "Be careful to do what is Right in the eyes of everybody" It says that for a reason.

      Despite how our Enemies treat us at times, THEIR VERY LIFE DEPENDS on how we treat them in return. There's a big Issue going on here. The Issue is God's Issue, a Salvational Issue, "Their Salvation" That Salvation is based on how we treat them in return, INCLUDING the Salvation of Onlookers who's watching how we deal with "ill treatment"

      Basically, despite how we get treated by others, IT'S NOT ABOUT US, it's about THEM and their future Salvation.

      Being ill treated Again and Again is no fun Dora, but what a Small price to pay knowing how we respond could save their lives, and the lives of Onlookers.

      The Idea behind BURNING COALS which is a Metaphor, is that when we treat others Good despite how they treat us, it "Stirs Up" and Awakens THEIR Consciens, the Conscience Burns Metaphorically speaking. We feel UNEASY in ourselves knowing how we treated others, ONLY to be Met with Kindness. That's because we ALL know the different between "Right and Wrong" deep down. That Conscience was given to us by the Almighty Himself.

      You know Dora, We were created as perfect people in the begining, so in one sense, we are still Perfect, but we just allow our Conscience to become desensitised which needs Reawakening.

      So next time we get teated badly by our Enemies, we should keep in mind what an opportunity that is to magnify the Only true God who made way for the birth of Jesus from Generations ago. The Name "Jesus" means Savior, God Saves, he Rescues. But he also Rescues by using us who get ill treated by our Enemies to Save others by Awakening their Conscience.

      That's why it's so Important to Love our Enemies, and do Good to those who do us bad. What a Reward that is when we see someone change as a result of our OWN actions.

      Tony.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Denise. True, the best thing is to focus on love, even toward the enemies. Love for yourself can also prevent self-sabotage.

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      Denise McGill 

      6 days ago from Fresno CA

      I love the Martin Luther King, Jr quotes. Love is the only thing that destroys an enemy. Good words to remember. I also know that I am usually my own worst enemy.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Antonio50S 

      7 days ago

      Thanks Dora.

      That's exactly what i was trying to say without me realising. We are resposible for our own attitude towards our Enemies.

      Thanks for noticing that.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Flourish. I agree with you. Better try for friendship than surrender to the alternative.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 days ago from USA

      This was particularly excellent. Changing an enemy’s heart can be a bi challenge but worth the effort.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Chitrangada, thanks for that additional quote. Forgiveness is a good tool in converting enemies to friends, if we care to.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Antonio, it is true that we are responsible for our attitude toward our enemies, and that verse is our guideline. Thank you very much.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Linda. I'm so happy when my readers are pleased.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Tim, thanks for the smile and for your affirmation. I appreciate you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Antonio, I'll quote you so my readers can read it twice: "If we can get to grips that we're all fallible by nature and that our feelings are 'not always' the most Important thing in this great Cosmos of ours, we may just put our differences to side."

      You're right and I appreciate your contribution. Thank you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Very thoughtful and valuable article, with many takeaways.

      I agree with your views and quotes. In fact, there are no enemies as such, but only those people who may disagree, dislike or hate us, for the reasons, which they believe are correct. It’s all about having two different points of view.

      That reminds me of the saying, Forgive your enemies. Nothing can irritate them more.

      Thank you for sharing an enriching article.

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      Antonio50S 

      7 days ago

      Also i was thinking of ( Luke 6:27-36 ) "Love for our Enemies"

      Basically them verses are saying whatever we do for the people we Love, we have to do the EVEN MORE SO to our Enemies, otherwise "What Credit" is that to us ? Then our reward will be great, and will be called SONS ( and ) DAUGHTERS of the Most High, BECAUSE HE IS KIND TO THE UNGRATEFUL AND WICKED. ( Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful ) If we keep in mind, we really ought not to be here in Gods eyes, yet we are through his mercy based on Love for Mankind, we start to see things from Gods perspective in how we treat each other.

      Our Father hasn't Judged anyone YET, but theres a sobering thought, Eventually we will all get Judged. We can have Myriads of faults, but overlooking other peoples Via LOVE the "Royal Law" will go a Long way in how we ourselves get Judged in the end. There's No place for Unforgiving, hateful people in Gods Kingdom.

      How we treat our Enemies, Forgiving people for what they do to us can Rip our Heart out, but it's all about "Gods Will" NOT ours.

      It's far more than just the Golden Rule.

      Tony/Anthony.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for creating a great collection of thought-provoking quotes, Dora. I love the first quotation, but the others are interesting as well.

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      Tim Truzy 

      7 days ago from U.S.A.

      “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

      Beautiful Ms. Dora, this is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. King. We do need the challenge of friends and foes. After all, Ms. Dora, I couldn't enjoy Superman movies as much without Lex Luther, or Batman without the Joker. (lol)

      All joking aside, this is fabulous and thought provoking at a time when we need to do soul searching in America and the world over. God bless you.

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      Antonio50S 

      7 days ago

      Some of these quotes really got me thinking Dora. I like "Mahatma Gandhi" No 22. That's the way I've always treated potential enemies.

      I think it's Impossible to turn an enemy into a friend UNTILL we can literally overlook "ALL their myriads of faults" ( ( Psalm 130:3 )

      Yes, but he said this, Yes but she did that. So what :) If we can get to grips that we're all fallible by nature and that our feelings are "not always" the most Important thing in this great Cosmos of ours, we may just put our differences to side.

      Love the Quotes Dora.

      Tony/Anthony.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Manatita, I also understand your heart. Let's err on the side of love and friendship.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Peggy. Those two personalities are men of integrity. They teach love and loyalty, good for all friends to heed.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Pam. Great that your mind registers no enemies, and there's no benefit in looking for one or some. Think friends!

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, James. So many writers and speakers express what we have to say better than we can. That's why I love to research and share quotes.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Mary, I'm smiling at the thought of standing up to our friends. It can be tricky. Glad that you did not succeed in making your friend an enemy.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Liz. The possibility that we can sometimes be the enemy is not a popular notion, so thank you for highlighting that. We all share the same struggle.

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      manatita44 

      7 days ago from london

      Well, what can I say? You argue your case well. We have discussed it before, like we have fear and reverential fear.

      I see no enemies. Yet I will compromise. There are people who don't or may not like us. So we need to be prepared in Love for the resentments or hatred that may come our way. This is how Jesus the Christ asks us to deal with it:

      "But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you." - (Mathew 5:44)

      We are to use Love and prayers ... spiritual practices to transform negative states. The 'state' is an enemy of Love but the individual is still made in God's image.

      My soul just refuses to have an enemy. How can we not be fearful or insecure, if we know that we have an enemy out there? How then can we exercise the purity of the Heart that Jesus asks us to? Men may say one thing, but the Heart may speak another.

      My Heart likes to run forward to Love, to attempt to nullify, with God's grace, all that has not been touched by the Light Divine. Will I always be successful? If Christ wasn't, then why will I? The servant is not greater than his Master. Yet we must Love. Where then is the enemy? I have none.

      As I said, you have presented your case well. Much Love.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Many of these quotes were thought-provoking. I liked many of them, including the ones from Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 days ago from Sunny Florida

      These quotes were wonderful and sure make you think about your own beliefs. If I have enemies I a unaware of them. I think I probably did have enemies when I was young but as I aged I probably became more careful about my words and actions. Ms Dora, this was a very interesting article.

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      James C Moore 

      8 days ago from The Great Midwest

      I've come to understand that enemies are a necessary and unavoidable fact of life. As such, the quotes by Martin Luther King Jr, (#10) Sidney Sheldon, (#25) and especially Aristotle, (#12) speak the loudest to me. Also, I must say you really did a good job of research to get these diverse sources of quotes.

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      Ann Carr 

      8 days ago from SW England

      Thank you, Dora. What a lovely thing to say! I'm very pleased to know you too.

      Ann

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      Mary Norton 

      8 days ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yesterday, I almost made a friend an enemy. We are enemies in politics. I finally said what I wanted to say. I was glad I did it. It is harder for me to stand up to my friends.

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      Liz Westwood 

      8 days ago from UK

      This is a thought-provoking article. Nobody is perfect. This shows that we all have the possibility of being a friend or an enemy. It brings to mind the phrase 'Make friends, not war.'

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 days ago from The Caribbean

      Ann, glad that you've forgotten and moved on. You're a better, wiser person. Glad to know you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 days ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, you don't have to work at having enemies; and if you have one, it doesn't mean that you caused it. Keep your sweet positive attitude and enjoy your friends.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Eric. Anyone who intentionally chooses to not be your friend is also not a friend to him or herself. Glad you're mine.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Lorna. I appreciate your contribution. "Keeping our friends close and our enemies closer is always a good idea." Worthy of note.

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      Ann Carr 

      8 days ago from SW England

      No, the friendship ended rapidly! Too horrible to save. But it doesn't worry me any more. We live and learn!

      Ann

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 days ago from The Caribbean

      Rosina, I'm glad that you like the quotes. I had never heard quote No. 14 until now, but I like it too. It's true.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Ann. I love your conclusion. How would we know the difference if we didn't have both? Sorry about your back-stabber friend? Hope the friendship could heal and survive.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I love quotes, as you know, so this was an instant like for me. I don't think I have any enemies. I sure hope not. That is such a strong, negative word. One would have to work very hard, me thinks, to gain an enemy. :(

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is so easy to call one circumstance a friend and the same an enemy.

      No doubt about it reading these, that you are my friend. I have friends of over 55 years, but I cannot remember an enemy lasting for more than a few days.

      This was a wonderful reminder to me to cherish a bit more deeply. Thanks friend.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      8 days ago

      Such an interesting article Dora and so thought provoking. I have also ticked the quote by Erol Ozan as I believe that 'familiarity breeds contempt".

      It's true we need both in our lives as our enemies make us try harder, just to prove them wrong. Keeping our friends close and our enemies closer is always a good idea. Another enjoyable read.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      8 days ago

      Dora, it was nice going through the quotes about friends and enemies. My favorite is No.14 which I show below:

      “Help someone, you earn a friend. Help someone too much, you make an enemy.” ―Erol Ozan

      Thank you for such a beautiful contribution.

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      Ann Carr 

      8 days ago from SW England

      These are brilliant and made me think. It's not so black and white, is it?

      I thought someone was my friend and outwardly she was nice to me - then she stabbed me in the back (metaphorically).

      It's true, we do need both, otherwise we wouldn't know the difference would we?

      Great hub, Dora!

      Ann

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