— Mario Puzo American Novelist 1920 - 1999
„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.
„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, City of Fallen Angels
— Tupac Shakur rapper and actor 1971 - 1996
„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
— Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981
— Jack Vance American mystery and speculative fiction writer 1916 - 2013
Chapter 8, section 3 (p. 480)
— Dale Carnegie American writer and lecturer 1888 - 1955
How to Win Friends and Influence People
— Jean Cocteau French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker 1889 - 1963
— Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
„Why should we be closer to the Soviets? Because the Americans have challenged us. America is involved in a conspiracy [against the Arab world], primarily because of its policy toward Israel. In our view, whoever is against the Americans stands with us. The enemy of your enemy is your friend.“
— Muammar Gaddafi Libyan revolutionary, politician and political theorist 1942 - 2011
Time (9 April 1979) " World: An Interview with Gaddafi http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,920211-1,00.html"