I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method for settling international disputes.
The friend of humanity cannot recognize a distinction between what is political and what is not. There is nothing that is not political.
Justice is the only friend that follows men after death.
I need my enemy in my community. He keeps me alert, vital... But beyond what we specifically learn from our enemies, we need them emotionally, our psychic economy cannot get along well without them... Our enemy is as necessary for us as is our friend. Both together are part of authentic community.
Every fresh appointment I make produces for me one cool friend and one hundred earnest enemies.
There’s not so much danger in a known foe as a suspected friend.
Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings.
Night steals on; and the day takes its farewell, like the words of a departing friend, or the last tone of hallowed music in a minister’s aisles, heard when it floats along the shade of elms; in the still place of graves.
Get your enemies to read your works in order to mend them, for your friend is so much your second self that he will judge too like you.
It is very natural for a young friend and a young lover to think the persons they love have nothing to do but to please them.
No woman ever hates a man for being in love with her, but many a woman hates a man for being a friend to her.
If thou expect death as a friend, prepare to entertain it; if thou expect death as an enemy, prepare to overcome it; death has no advantage, but when it comes a stranger.
Better an intelligent enemy than an ignorant friend.
Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy. And bring not all the mischief you are able to do upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend.
One who's our friend is fond of us: one who's fond of us isn't necessarily our friend.
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.
Your son at five is your master, at ten your slave, at fifteen your double, and after that, your friend or your foe, depending on his bringing up.
The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend is the moment you receive them; then the warmth of friendship and the intelligence received most forcibly co-operate.
The happiest miser on earth is the man who saves up every friend he can make.
Two weeks before his death, a friend asked him half-jokingly if he had discovered any meaning in life. 'Yes,' he replied, ' there is a meaning, at least for me, there is one thing that matters - to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.'