„Was it a friend or foe that spread these lies?
Nay, who but infants question in such wise,
'T was one of my most intimate enemies.“

— Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Fragment, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
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peintre et poète britannique 1828 - 1882
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— Mao Zedong Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 1893 - 1976
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„Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred.“

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„The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe.“

— Andrew Jackson American general and politician, 7th president of the United States 1767 - 1845
"Proclamation to the people of Louisiana" from Mobile (21 September 1814).

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„But most men must first be persuaded that the task lies ahead and not behind — that we are infants still, with loaded guns for toys.“

— Philip Wylie American writer 1902 - 1971
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—  Aristophanés Athenian playwright of Old Comedy -446 - -385 avant J.-C.
Context: Epops: The wise can often profit by the lessons of a foe, for caution is the mother of safety. It is just such a thing as one will not learn from a friend and which an enemy compels you to know. To begin with, it's the foe and not the friend that taught cities to build high walls, to equip long vessels of war; and it's this knowledge that protects our children, our slaves and our wealth. Leader of the Chorus [leader]: Well then, I agree, let us first hear them, for that is best; one can even learn something in an enemy's school. (tr. O'Neill 1938, Perseus http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text.jsp?doc=Aristoph.+Birds+375)

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„Questions are my enemies. For my questions explode!“

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„A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.“

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„The enemy of my enemy is my friend, so that makes Google my best friend.“

— Marc Benioff American businessman 1964
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„One must preach life, not death; spread hope, not fear and cultivate joy, man's most valuable treasure. That is the secret of the greatest of the wise, and it wil be the light of tomorrow.“

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„My candle burns at both ends;
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