Enemy

We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of the land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother, but his enemy - and when he has conquered it, he moves on. He leaves his fathers’ graves, and his children’s birthright is forgotten.

What madness is it for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.

Everybody has enemies. to have an enemy is quite another thing. One must be somebody to have an enemy. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force.

Observe thyself as thy greatest enemy would do, so shalt thou be thy greatest friend.

Art hath no enemy but ignorance.

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.

Who asks whether the enemy were defeated by strategy or valor?

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.

A single enemy is one too many.

He that lives in perpetual suspicion lives the life of a sentinel never relieved, whose business is to look out for and expect an enemy, which is an evil not short of perishing by him.

Believe me, a thousand friends suffice thee not; In a single enemy thou has more than enough.

Idleness is the enemy of the soul; and therefore the brethren ought to be employed in manual labor at certain times, at others, in devout reading.

Most people want to feel that issues are simple rather than complex, want to have their prejudices confirmed, want to feel that they “belong” with the implication that others do not, and need to pinpoint an enemy to blame for their frustrations. This being the case, the propagandist is likely to find that his suggestions have fallen on fertile soil so long as he delivers his message with an eye to the existing attitudes and intellectual level of his audience.

The enemy is brownness and whiteness, maleness and femaleness. The enemy is our urgent need to stereotype and close off people, places, and events into isolated categories. Hatred, distrust, irresponsibility, unloving, classism, sexism, and racism, in their myriad forms, cloud our vision and isolate us… We close off avenues of communication and vision so that individual and communal trust, responsibility, loving, and knowing are impossible.

The greatest enemy of justice is privilege.

Propaganda by its very nature is an enterprise for perverting the significance of events and of insinuating false intentions… The propagandist must insist on the purity of his own intentions and, at the same time, hurl accusations at his enemy.

Every action of the enemy is judged by one standard – every action of oneself by another.

Life becomes livable only to the extent that death is treated as a friend, never as an enemy.

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.

I tell the truth: your enemy is also your friend – his presence makes your life fuller and richer.