87+ Best Thurgood Marshall Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Thurgood Marshall was an American lawyer who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Profoundly inspirational Thurgood Marshall quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Our enemies have made the mistake that America’s enemies always make. They saw liberty and thought they saw weakness. And now, they see defeat.  George W. Bush

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde

You have enemies? Good. It means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. Winston Churchill

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? Abraham Lincoln

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  Niccolò Machiavelli

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche

When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend. William Blake

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Napoleon Bonaparte

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John Kennedy

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. Oscar Wilde

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. Eric Hoffer

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people. G.K. Chesterton

I always made one prayer to God O Lord, make our enemies quite ridiculous! God granted it. Voltaire

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love. Mahatma Gandhi

Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy. La Rochefoucauld

It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. Mahatma Gandhi

The English have always been the constant and implacable enemies of our race and our house; we have never had a more dangerous one. Louis XV of France

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done. George W. Bush

 Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy. Frank Sinatra

It is the rule in war, if ten times the enemy’s strength, surround them; if five times, attack them; if double, be able to divide them; if equal, engage them; if fewer, defend against them; if weaker, be able to avoid them. Sun Tzu

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

There is no greater danger than underestimating your opponent.  Lao Tzu

We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them. George Orwell

Why, madam, do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? Abraham Lincoln

Never explain your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. Elbert Hubbard

If you have no Enemies, it’s a sign Fortune has forgot you. Dr. Thomas Fuller

 Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you. Steve Maraboli

The enemy is in front of us, the enemy is behind us, the enemy is to the right and to the left of us. They can’t get away this time!  Douglas MacArthur

Save your skin from the corrosive acids from the mouths of toxic people. Someone who just helped you to speak evil about another person can later help another person to speak evil about you. Israelmore Ayivor

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. Franklin Roosevelt

There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. Homer

Have courage, or cunning, when you deal with an enemy. Publilius Syrus

If you have enemies, good that means you stood up for something. Eminem

Understand that some of your enemies are amongst your best friends. Jean Cocteau

I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important. Leigh Bardugo

Books have the same enemies as people fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content. Paul Valery

You have no enemies, you say? Alas, my friend, the boast is poor. He who has mingled in the fray of duty that the brave endure, must have made foes. If you have none, small is the work that you have done. You’ve hit no traitor on the hip. You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip. You’ve never turned the wrong to right. You’ve been a coward in the fight. Charles Mackay

We are fighting Germany, Austria and drink, and as far as I can see, the greatest of these three deadly foes is drink. David Lloyd George

To be successful you need friends and to be very successful you need enemies. Sidney Sheldon

They were like two enemies in love with one another. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The truth may not set you free, but used carefully, it can confuse the hell out of your enemies. Laurell K. Hamilton

He who loves his enemies betrays his friends; this surely is not what Jesus meant. William Blake

A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him. Aesop

Love is like trench warfare you cannot see the enemy, but you know he is there and that it is wiser to keep your head down. Lawrence Durrell

Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it. Tim Fargo

No one ever forgets where he buried the hatchet. Kin Hubbard

Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults. Benjamin Franklin

If there be no enemy there’s no fight. If no fight, no victory and if no victory there is no crown. Thomas Carlyle

A man with no enemies is a man with no character. Paul Newman

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age. Orson Welles

Protect your good image from the eyes of negative viewers, who may look at your good appearance with an ugly fiendish eye, and ruin your positive qualities with their chemical infested tongues. Michael Bassey Johnson

The police and the Jesuits have the virtue of never abandoning their enemies or their friends. Honoré de Balzac

Friends ask you questions; enemies question you. Criss Jami

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.  William Hazlitt

It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways. Siddhārtha Gautama

Noble dragons don’t have friends. The nearest they can get to the idea is an enemy who is still alive. Terry Pratchett

The life of the enemy. Whoever lives for the sake of combating an enemy has an interest in the enemy’s staying alive. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Anyway, just because you’re sworn enemies doesn’t mean you can’t be friends, does it? Terry Pratchett

Home is anywhere that you know all your friends and all your enemies. Orson Scott Card

Love your enemies, for they determine who you are. Joseph Campbell

I am often thought of as being remarkably bright, and yet my brains, more often than not, are busily devising new and interesting ways of bringing my enemies to sudden, gagging, writhing, agonizing death. Alan Bradley

Let us choose our enemies well. So let us choose our friends well, since these will become those. Henry de Montherlant

I can be on guard against my enemies, but God deliver me from my friends! Charlotte Brontë

An ancient rule of ethics and politics is that you should never push your enemy into despair. Joseph De Maistre

You have only seen the least of what I can do. Holly Black

Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There is too much fraternizing with the enemy. Henry Kissinger

Sometimes I just want to paint the words It’s my fault across my forehead to save people the time of being pissed off at me. Christina Westover

When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness. Dale Carnegie

Bitter people are not interested in what you say, but what you hide. Shannon L. Alder

There is no finer revenge than that which others inflict on your enemy. Moreover, it has the advantage of leaving you the role of a generous man.  Cesare Pavese

I smile to myself knowing that they may be dead. Emilie Autumn

Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy. Frank Sinatra

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies. William Hazlitt

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we. George W. Bush

There’s ways you can trust an enemy you can’t always trust a friend. An enemy’s never going to betray your trust. Daniel Abraham

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. Antisthenes

Personal affection is a luxury you can have only after all your enemies are eliminated. Until then, everyone you love is a hostage, sapping your courage and corrupting your judgment. Orson Scott Card

The wise learn many things from their enemies. Aristophanes

A man falling off a cliff to certain death will stretch out a hand even to his worst enemy. Robert Jordan

Menander Nothing bad will happen to you by distrusting your enemies. Menander

Some people talk about other people’s failures with so much pleasure that you would swear they are talking about their own successes. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

God commands us to ‘know the heart of a stranger and to feel solidarity with the stranger, for you, too, know what it is to be a stranger. To know the stranger is to know the enemy. To know the enemy is to know your own heart. To know your own heart is to know that God is both self and stranger, friend and foe. This knowing fills you with a deep and abiding courage and joy, and it is this joy that embraces the stranger and invites her or him to come to God through you. Rami Shapiro

Whoever controls the king, controls the kingdom. Holly Black

As long as the I puts itself between us, the other, and the world, we will not even know the taste of the world to come. Thus, we must know how to bear giving over our I to the greatest number of representatives of this beloved, whether in the form of lover, friend, companion, neighbor, other, or even enemy. Nilton Bonder

When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend. William Blake