Great Throughts Treasury

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Related Quotes

Mario Puzo, fully Mario Gianluigi Puzo

Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.

Friends |

Yiddish Proverbs

Ten enemies cannot hurt a man as much as he hurts himself.

Man |

Shantideva NULL

Eager to escape sorrow, men rush into sorrow; from desire of happiness they blindly slay their own happiness, enemies to themselves.

Desire | Men | Sorrow | Happiness |

Andrew Dickson White

The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies are the enemies of God.

Creed | Doctrine | God |

Adlai Ewing Stevenson

Let's face it. Let's talk sense to the American people. Let's tell them the truth, that there are no gains without pains, that we are now on the eve of great decisions, not easy decisions, like resistance when you're attacked, but along, patient, costly struggle which alone can assure triumph over the great enemies of man - war, poverty and tyranny - and the assaults upon human dignity which are the most grievous consequences of each.

Consequences | Dignity | Man | People | Poverty | Sense | Struggle | Truth | Tyranny | War |

African Proverbs

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.

Enemy |

Alan Cohen

All acts of charity or giving are valuable only inasmuch as they recognize the true dignity of those toward whom the contribution is directed. Any money or time given to another without recognizing their full equality, is as chaff in the wind, and serves only the mockery of the ego. Pity or sorrow is never a worthy reason for charity, for it only reinforces the bondage of the giver and the recipient. Real charity is never a giving, but always a sharing. He who gives as a giver remains half; he who shares, knows wholeness.

Charity | Dignity | Ego | Equality | Giving | Mockery | Money | Pity | Reason | Sorrow | Time | Wholeness |

Alfred Whitney Griswold

If appeasing our enemies is not the answer, neither is hating them... Somewhere between the extremes of appeasement and hate there is a place for courage and strength to express themselves in magnanimity and charity, and this is the place we must find.

Charity | Courage | Hate | Magnanimity | Strength |

Arthur W Osborn

There is an ecclesiastical cliché used in connection with candidates for the ministry. The candidates do not speak of seeking a job but of receiving a “call,” which in their language is from God. It is a euphemistic pleasantry which deceives no one. Nevertheless the conventional phraseology of being “called” is sometimes a psychological reality and represents an inner transformation and the prelude to a life of dedication. It is a pity that the same spirit is not more evident in the field of medicine. The phenomenon of inner urgency which draws us in one direction against rival interests stems from something deeper than a line of reasoning. Rather it is due to the type of person we are. This prompts us to inquire whether there is any purpose or pattern behind our having been born at all.

Dedication | God | Language | Life | Life | Pity | Purpose | Purpose | Reality | Spirit |

Baltasar Gracián

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

Man | Wise |

Baltasar Gracián

Know how to use your enemies. A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

Man | Wise |

Baltasar Gracián

Trust the friends of to-day as if they will be enemies to-morrow.

Day | Trust | Will | Friends |