Great Throughts Treasury

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Donn Piatt

The man who has no enemies has no following.

Man | Wisdom |

Alexander Pope

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.

Friend | Order | Self | Will | Wisdom |

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

War... is a relation, not between man and man, but between State and State, and individuals are enemies only accidentally, not as men, nor even as citizens, but as soldiers; not as members of their country, but as its defenders. Finally, each State can have for enemies only other States, and not men.

Man | Men | War | Wisdom |

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Man has other enemies more formidable, against which he is not provided with such means of defense: these are the natural infirmities of infancy, old age, and illness of every kind, melancholy proofs of our weakness, of which the two first are common to all animals, and the last belongs chiefly to man in a; state of society.

Age | Defense | Infancy | Man | Means | Melancholy | Old age | Society | Weakness | Wisdom | Old |

Madame Swetchine, fully Anne Sophie Swetchine née Sophia Petrovna Soïmonov or Soymanof

The world has no sympathy with any but positive griefs; it will pity you for what you lose, but never for what you lack.

Pity | Sympathy | Will | Wisdom | World |

Henry Merritt Wriston

Those who misrepresent the normal experiences of life, who decry being controversial, who shun risk, are the enemies of the American way of life, whatever the piety of the vocal professions and the patriotic flavor of their platitudes.

Life | Life | Piety | Platitudes | Risk | Wisdom |

Yehiel Mikhal of Zlotchov, also Yechiel Michel M'Drohobitch Maggid of Zlotchov

Pray for your enemies that everything may be well with them. More than all others prayers, this is truly the service of God.

God | Service | Wisdom |

Cato the Younger, formally Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis NULL

Some men are better served by their bitter-tongued enemies than by their sweet-smiling friends; because the former often tell the truth, the latter, never.

Better | Men | Truth |

Emil M. Cioran

Friendship being incompatible with truth, only the mute dialogue with our enemies is fruitful.

Truth |

William Ralph Inge

The enemies of Freedom do not argue; they shout and they shout.

Freedom |

Peter W. Jedlicka

There are only three things to teach: Simplicity, patience, and compassion. Simplicity in action and thoughts, will return you to the source of your being. Patience with friends and enemies alike, will give you harmony with the way things are. Compassion with yourself, will settle all the differences between you and other beings in the world.

Action | Compassion | Harmony | Patience | Simplicity | Teach | Will | World | Friends |

William James

If things are ever to move upward, someone must be ready to take the first step, and assume the risk of it. No one who is not willing to try charity, to try nonresistance as the saint is always willing, can tell whether these methods will or will not succeed. When they do succeed, they are far more powerfully successful than force or worldly prudence. Force destroys enemies; and the best that can be said of prudence is that it keeps what we already have in safety. But nonresistance, when successful, turns enemies into friends; and charity regenerates its objects.

Charity | Force | Prudence | Prudence | Risk | Will |

Niccolò Machiavelli, formally Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli

There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the older order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favor; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.

Experience | Fear | Incredulity | Mankind | Nothing | Order | Success |

Friedrich Nietzsche, fully Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.

Convictions | Truth |