„Better make a weak man your enemy than your friend.“

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„A blow from your friend is better than a kiss from your enemy.“

—  Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 a.C.
As quoted in Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists‎ (2007) by James Geary, p. 118

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

—  Jack Vance, Lyonesse Trilogy
Lyonesse Trilogy (1983-1989), The Green Pearl (1985), Chapter 8, section 3 (p. 480)

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„Foil hatred with goodness and love and make those enemy your true friends!“

—  Mohammed Alkobaisi Iraqi Islamic scholar 1970
Understanding Islam, "Morals and Ethics" http://vod.dmi.ae/media/96716/Ep_03_Morals_and_Ethics Dubai Media

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„Assisting the weak is better for you than your act of charity.“

—  Ali al-Rida eighth of the Twelve Imams 770 - 818
Religious Wisdom, Ibn Shu’ba al-Harrani, Tuhaf al-'Uqul, p. 446-450.

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„If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.“

—  Moshe Dayan Israeli military leader and politician 1915 - 1981
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„Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.“

—  Niccolo Machiavelli Italian politician, Writer and Author 1469 - 1527
Misattributed, 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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„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.
Misattributed, 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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„Flee an enemy who knows your weakness.“

—  Pierre Corneille, Polyeucte
Polyeucte (1642), Fuyez un ennemi qui sait votre défaut. Néarque, act I, scene i.

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