100+ Best Enemy Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational enemy quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Famous Enemy Quotes

By definition, intelligence deals with the unclear, the unknown, the deliberately hidden. What the enemies of the United States hope to deny we work to reveal. — George Tenet

May we be saved from evil thoughts and deed of enemies of world peace who find pleasure in creating havoc and perpetrating all forms of carnage. — Yahya Jammeh

Anyone who is an enemy of mine, let him love women, but let he who is my friend rejoice in men. — Sextus Propertius

I would not kill my enemies, but I will make them get down on their knees. I will, I can, I must. — Maria Callas

The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time. — William Butler Yeats

By the ’50s and ’60s, war movies had become big and impersonal. They almost never bothered to characterize the Japanese enemy as particularly evil; in fact, they never bothered to characterize him at all. — Stephen Hunter

Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective. — Pratibha Patil

That is the thankless position of the father in the family-the provider for all, and the enemy of all. — August Strindberg

For too long, musicians have been the greatest enemy of music. Their lack of desire to proselytize is a kind of betrayal. — Charles Hazlewood

I shook Obama’s hand and I said, ‘I want to be your friend.’ My hand is still outstretched. I am not Obama’s enemy, but it’s difficult not see imperialism in Washington. Those who don’t see it don’t want to see it, like the ostrich. — Hugo Chavez

The rewards of freedom are always sweet, but its demands are stern, for at its heart is the paradox that the greatest enemy of freedom is freedom. — Os Guinness

Commerce and art are natural enemies. And also, the enemy of good is great. And the enemy of great is good, so there’s this huge juggling that’s going on all the time. — David Foster

I am not afraid of my enemies, but by God, you must look out when you get among your friends. — Cornelius Vanderbilt

I would never call a neighbor an enemy. But I would request the neighbor to be a good neighbor, to see that the neighbor’s interest is a stable prosperous neighbor, a neighbor that is doing well. — Hamid Karzai

I am prepared to vote in support of a new military authorization that specifically authorizes U.S. military actions against ISIS. We must stand up against this vile enemy and protect United States citizens both at home and abroad. — Bradley Byrne

In dancing with the enemy one follows his steps even if counting under one’s breath. — Breyten Breytenbach

Fortunately, it’s still not too late to develop a comprehensive global strategy to eliminate our real enemy. — David Hackworth

If anyone wants to know what the definition of ‘dope’ means, it’s: ‘Definition of Public Enemy. — Flavor Flav

People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts. — Paul Hindemith

A pitcher has to look at the hitter as his mortal enemy. — Early Wynn

History has shown that a government’s redistribution of shrinking wealth, in preference to a private sector’s creation of new sources of it, can prove more destructive than even the most deadly enemy. — Victor Davis Hanson

I think the enemy is self-censorship. In a free society the biggest danger is that you’re afraid to the point where you censor yourself. — Tim Robbins

Anyone who has to fight, even with the most modern weapons, against an enemy in complete command of the air, fights like a savage against modern European troops, under the same handicaps and with the same chances of success. — Erwin Rommel

Yes, Israel’s our ally. But, are the Palestinians our enemy? No, they are not. — Brent Scowcroft

The idea that a war can be won by standing on the defensive and waiting for the enemy to attack is a dangerous fallacy, which owes its inception to the desire to evade the price of victory. — Douglas Haig

We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy. — Arthur Ashe

All women should understand that a mammogram is nothing to be afraid of. It’s not an enemy but a friend. Early detection is the key to the cure. — Kate Jackson

We were all flying around up and down the coast near Dunkirk looking for enemy aircraft which seemed also to be milling around with no particular cohesion. — Douglas Bader

You don’t make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies. — Shimon Peres

It is impossible to get anything made or accomplished without stepping on some toes; enemies are inevitable when one is a doer. — Norma Shearer

Wine and women do not go with song. Alcohol is the worst enemy of the imagination. — Patrick Kavanagh

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. — Oscar Wilde

I should see an enemy of my country in any one who would change by force that which has been established by law. — Louis Bonaparte

In politics, madame, you need two things: friends, but above all an enemy. — Brian Mulroney

We pray that the deceitful race – such hateful enemies and blasphemers of the name of Christ – be not allowed to further infect and trouble this new colony. — Peter Stuyvesant

I appeal to you as a soldier to spare me the humiliation of seeing my regiment march to meet the enemy and I not share its dangers. — George Armstrong Custer

Reaper of enemies; strong of grip; One kind with his fathers. — Taliesin

Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies. — Leon Uris

The tocsin you hear today is not an alarm but an alert: it sounds the charge against our enemies. — Georges Danton

However, the combination of civil resistance, of large-scale mass activities and strikes, with a certain degree of revolutionary violence, could provoke a crisis in the enemy’s camp that would ultimately lead to essential changes. — Joe Slovo

Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible. — Stonewall Jackson

I love the way capitalism finds a place – even for its enemies. — Banksy

The Framers of the Constitution knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny. — Hugo Black

Moreover, broad plans commensurate with our national purpose and resources would bring conviction of our power to every soldier in the front line, to the nations associated with us in the war, and to the enemy. — Kelly Miller

Men weren’t really the enemy – they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill. — Betty Friedan

With horror movies, a bigger budget is actually your enemy. You want to feel the rough edges, the handmade quality to good horror films. Its a genre that benefits from not having everything at your disposal. — Drew Goddard

This bored fantastic woman, with her animal nature, giving herself the pleasure of seeing her enemy struck down, not a particularly keen one for her because she is so weary of having all her desires satisfied. — Gustave Moreau

I am more afraid of alcohol than of all the bullets of the enemy. — Stonewall Jackson

If I’m ever feeling uninspired, all I have to do is go see Exodus or Arch Enemy, and think ‘Oh yeah, that’s what we’re doing this for.’ — Kerry King

I had studied Russian in college. I had gotten into it first through literature and then just really found it kind of fascinating; of course, this was during the Cold War. So they were kind of the other great enemy that you grew up hearing about. — Scott Shane

Fat is one of the chief enemies of the heart because it has to be plentifully supplied with blood and thus needlessly increases the pumping load that the heart must sustain. — Gene Tunney

The only peace that can be made with a dictator is once that must be based on deterrence. For today, the dictator may be your friend, but tomorrow he will need you as an enemy. — Natan Sharansky

Bin Laden does reprehensible activities, and we should surely take care of that by killing him as soon as we can. But he’s not an irrational man. He’s a very worthy enemy. He’s an enemy to worry about. — Michael Scheuer

Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness. — Hosea Ballou

No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies. — Dean Acheson

The only thing that will be remembered about my enemies after they’re dead is the nasty things I’ve said about them. — Camille Paglia

We do not celebrate the death of our enemies. — Yitzhak Rabin

Although you may spend your life killing, You will not exhaust all your foes. But if you quell your own anger, your real enemy will be slain. — Siddha Nagarjuna

It is not necessary to have enemies if you go out of your way to make friends hate you. — Frank Dane

Our constitutional liberties shall not be sacrificed in our search for greater security, for that is what our enemies and all enemies of freedom and democracy hope to achieve. — Tammy Baldwin

I greatly fear some of America’s greatest and most dangerous enemies are such as think themselves her best friends. — Nathan Hale

I was a grunt, walking around in the jungle of Vietnam, trying not to find the enemy. Because I am so big, they were going to give me either a heavy radio or a huge machine gun to carry. I carried a radio. — Bob Gunton

There are no enemies in science, professor, only phenomena to study. — Charles Lederer

I feel so entirely in my element with a full orchestra; even if my mortal enemies were marshalled before me, I could lead them, master them, surround them, or repulse them. — Robert Schumann

Short-term thinking is the greatest enemy of good government. — Anthony Albanese

The honor of about 30 million votes remains with the Iranian nation and no enemy scheme would take away this dignity and honor from the Iranian nation. — Ali Khamenei

He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love. — Johann Kaspar Lavater

I am of opinion that it is highly requisite forthwith to pass a law, prohibiting upon great penalties all trade with our enemies, and more especially the supplying of them with arms, ammunition or provisions of any kind whatsoever. — William Shirley

The finishing off of the encircled enemy army is to be left to the Luftwaffe. — Franz Halder

Dictatorship and authentic literature are incompatible… The writer is the natural enemy of dictatorship. — Ismail Kadare

Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses. — Robert Burton

English is an outrageous tangle of those derivations and other multifarious linguistic influences, from Yiddish to Shoshone, which has grown up around a gnarly core of chewy, clangorous yawps derived from ancestors who painted themselves blue to frighten their enemies. — Roy Blount, Jr.

Biography should be written by an acute enemy. — Arthur Balfour

The Irish do not want anyone to wish them well; they want everyone to wish their enemies ill. — Harold Nicolson

We had no more courage than Harriet Tubman or Marcus Garvey had in their times. We just had a more vulnerable enemy. — Stokely Carmichael

Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon. — Horatio Nelson

Secrecy is the enemy of efficiency, but don’t let anyone know it. — Ric Ocasek

The enemy resembles us. Therefore, he needs to be approached not as an assembly of ‘targets’ to be destroyed one by one; but as a living, intelligent entity capable of acting and reacting. — Martin Van Creveld

Always write angry letters to your enemies. Never mail them. — James Fallows

After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. — George W. Bush

The days are gone forever when our enemies could blackmail us with nuclear bombs. — Kim Jong-un

Time should make enemies and Life should make friends. — Henry R. Luce

We have met the enemy and he is us. — Walt Kelly

When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I’m slipping. — Maria Callas

It’s good for everyone to understand that they are to love their enemies, simply because your enemies show you things about yourself you need to change. So in actuality enemies are friends in reverse. — Gary Busey

I really try to put myself in uncomfortable situations. Complacency is my enemy. — Trent Reznor

Advertising people who ignore research are as dangerous as generals who ignore decodes of enemy signals. — David Ogilvy

The enemy of human happiness as well as the cause of poverty and starvation is not the birth of children. It is the failure of people to do with the earth what God could teach them to do if only they would ask and then obey, for they are agents unto themselves. — Henry B. Eyring

Coming into a game in the eighth or ninth inning is like parachuting behind enemy lines. And sometimes the chute doesn’t open. You have to live with that. It’s an occupational hazard. — Dan Quisenberry

Love your enemies… it’s not always an easy tenet to live by… and I have more often than not been inclined to wish my enemies ill than well. — Lea Salonga

I make enemies deliberately. They are the sauce piquante to my dish of life. — Elsa Maxwell

Deterrence is the art of producing, in the mind of the enemy, the fear to attack. — Sterling Hayden

Instead of loving your enemies – treat your friends a little better. — E. W. Howe

We look upon the enemy of our souls as a conquered foe, so he is, but only to God, not to us. — Oswald Chambers

The virtual world is not the enemy. The pioneers invented a world they believed in, but the followers must follow that world whether they believe in it or not. — Leos Carax

There’s no enemy in the auditioning process. Everybody wants you to be the right person when you walk in the room. We’re all just trying to make a soup here, and they’re trying to figure out the right ingredients for the soup. — Michael Mosley

Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to publick opinion. This is the weak point of our defenses, and the part to which the enemies of the system will direct all their attacks. Opinion can be so perverted as to cause the false to seem the true; the enemy, a friend, and the friend, an enemy; the best interests of the nation to appear insignificant, and trifles of moment; in a word, the right the wrong, and the wrong the right. — James F. Cooper

In almost all cases now the police are as much an enemy as the others. — Tom Metzger

Vengeance is not the point; change is. But the trouble is that in most people’s minds the thought of victory and the thought of punishing the enemy coincide. — Barbara Deming

If you don’t have enemies, you don’t have character. — Paul Newman

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