„Is this one of those keep-your-friends-close-and-your-enemies-closer things?"
"I though it was keep your friends close so you have someone to drive the car when you sneak over to your enemy's house at night and throw up in his mailbox.“

—  Cassandra Clare, livro City of Fallen Angels

Fonte: City of Fallen Angels

Última atualização 3 de Junho de 2021. História

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„Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - -495 a.C.

This has often been attributed to Sun Tzu and sometimes to Petrarch. It comes most directly from a line spoken by Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola:
My father taught me many things here. He taught me in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close but your enemies closer.
Niccolò Machiavelli, who is also sometimes credited, wrote on the subject in The Prince:
It is easier for the prince to make friends of those men who were contented under the former government, and are therefore his enemies, than of those who, being discontented with it, were favourable to him and encouraged him to seize it.
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„Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.“

—  Niccolo Machiavelli Italian politician, Writer and Author 1469 - 1527

Machiavelli commented on the relative ease of gaining favor from friends and enemies in Chapter 20 of The Prince, quoted above. However, this particular wording comes from a line spoken by Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola:
My father taught me many things here. He taught me in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
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„The final level - of good ethics - is to deal with your enemy in the best kind of treatment as though he is a close friend!“

—  Mohammed Alkobaisi Iraqi Islamic scholar 1970

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„Count me not your friend but the enemy of your enemies.“

—  Jack Vance, Lyonesse Trilogy

Fonte: Lyonesse Trilogy (1983-1989), The Green Pearl (1985), Chapter 8, section 3 (p. 480)

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„If those are your friends, you've got no need for enemies.“

—  E. Lockhart American writer of novels as E. Lockhart (mainly for teenage girls) and of picture books under real name Emily Jenkins 1967

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„One who reveals your faults to you like a mirror is your true friend, and one who flatters you and covers up your faults is your enemy.“

—  Husayn ibn Ali The grandson of Muhammad and the son of Ali ibn Abi Talib 626 - 680

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„…So really, it's just y—" [enemy player kills him] "—oh, dammit!—you, your gun, and your friends.“

—  TotalBiscuit British game commentator 1984 - 2018

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