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Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895) Scottish essayist, poet and novelist.

When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

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 (1694-1773) British statesman.

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.


Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

It pays to know the enemy -- not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.

Margaret Thatcher (1925-?) British statewoman.

A person is his own worst enemy.

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If thine enemy offend thee, give his child a drum.

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