— Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981
— Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - 251 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:<br/> My father taught me many things here. He taught me in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close but your enemies closer.<br/> Also seen in the Thirty-Six Strategems, as the 28th strategem: Befriend a distant state and strike a neighbouring one (遠交近攻／远交近攻, Yuǎn jiāo jìn gōng) Niccolò Machiavelli commented at greater length on the subject in The Prince:<br/> 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.
— 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.
— Mario Puzo American Novelist 1920 - 1999
— Jean Cocteau French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker 1889 - 1963
„Go up close to your friend but do not go over to him! We should respect the enemy that is in our friend“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
— Publilio Siro Latin writer 100
— Mohammed Alkobaisi Iraqi Islamic scholar 1970
— Jack Vance American mystery and speculative fiction writer 1916 - 2013
Chapter 8, section 3 (p. 480)
— Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
The infernal Marriage, part 2, Chapter 4 (1834).
— Baltasar Gracián Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer and philosopher 1601 - 1658
Maxim 217 (p. 123)
„I knew my dad was a good man, a kind man, and though he'd led a wounded life, he'd done the best he could in raising me.“
— Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me
John Tyree, Chapter 16, p. 198
— 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).