„I have no enemies. But my friends don't like me.“

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Philip Larkin
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„I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends, my god-damned friends, White, they're the ones who keep me walking the floor nights!“

—  Warren G. Harding American politician, 29th president of the United States (in office from 1921 to 1923) 1865 - 1923
Remark to editor William Alan White, as quoted in Thomas Harry Williams et al. (1959) A History of the United States.

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„Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.“

—  Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
Garantissez-moi de mes amis, écrivait Gourville proscrit et fugitif, je saurai me défendre de mes ennemis. ("Defend me from my friends," wrote Gourville, exile and fugitive, "I can defend myself from my enemies.") — Gabriel Sénac de Meilhan, Considérations sur l'esprit et les moeurs (1788): "De L'Amitié." Sénac de Meilhan was quoting Jean Hérault, sieur de Gourville (1625 - 1703). The remark has often been attributed to Voltaire and to Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars.

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

—  Jack Vance American mystery and speculative fiction writer 1916 - 2013
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„I don't like my politicians entertaining me and I don't like my entertainers politicianing [sic] me.“

—  Craig Ferguson Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist 1962

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„The enemy of my enemy is my friend, so that makes Google my best friend.“

—  Marc Benioff American businessman 1964
Quoted in Miguel Helft, " Google and Salesforce Join to Fight Microsoft http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/14/technology/14google.html?_r=1&oref=slogin", New York Times (April 14, 2008).

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„No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full.“

—  Lucius Cornelius Sulla Ancient Roman general, dictator -138 - -78 a.C.
His self-made epitaph, as quoted in Heroes of History : A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the Dawn of the Modern Age (2001) by Will Durant; variant translation: "...nor enemy harmed me"

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