— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
„A word of command has made these silent figures our enemies; a word of command might transform them into our friends.“
— Erich Maria Remarque German novelist 1898 - 1970
Paul after visiting Russian prisoners, Ch. 8
„We ought so to behave to one another as to avoid making enemies of our friends, and at the same time to make friends of our enemies.“
— Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -500 avant J.-C.
As quoted in Diogenes Laërtius, Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, "Pythagoras", Sect. 23, as translated in Dictionary of Quotations http://archive.org/details/dictionaryquota02harbgoog (1906) by Thomas Benfield Harbottle, p. 320
„We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.“
— Cosimo de' Medici First ruler of the Medici political dynasty 1389 - 1464
Attributed to Cosimo de' Medici, Duke of Florence, in Apothegms by Francis Bacon, (1624) No. 206
— Pierre-Jean de Béranger French poet and chansonnier 1780 - 1857
L'Opinion de ces Demoiselles, "Nos amis, nos ennemis" [Our friends, our enemies]. Expression used by the French during the truce after the capture of Sebastopol, referring to the Russians. Recorded in the London Times of that date. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 221.
„Go up close to your friend but do not go over to him! We should respect the enemy that is in our friend“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
— Rafik Schami, The Dark Side of Love
„Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the revolution.“
— Mao Zedong Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 1893 - 1976
Chapter 2 https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/works/red-book/ch02.htm, originally published in Analysis of the Classes in Chinese Society (March 1926), Selected Works, Vol. I, p. 1.
„Cosmus, Duke of Florence, was wont to say of perfidious friends, that "We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends."“
— Francis Bacon English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, and author 1561 - 1626
— Bernard Kerik American police chief 1955
Newsday, October 20, 2003
„Where the storyteller is loyal, eternally and unswervingly loyal to the story, there, in the end, silence will speak. Where the story has been betrayed, silence is but emptiness. But we, the faithful, when we have spoken our last word, will hear the voice of silence.“
— Karen Blixen Danish writer 1885 - 1962
Context: Why, you are to become a story teller, and I shall give you the reasons! Hear then: Where the storyteller is loyal, eternally and unswervingly loyal to the story, there, in the end, silence will speak. Where the story has been betrayed, silence is but emptiness. But we, the faithful, when we have spoken our last word, will hear the voice of silence. Whether a small snotty lass understands it or not. "The Blank Page"
„We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success.“
— Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860
Vol. 2, Ch. 26, sect. 311a
„It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies, seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends.“
— Charles Caleb Colton British priest and writer 1780 - 1832
Vol. I; CCLXXXVI
— Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi Persian polymath, physician, alchemist and chemist, philosopher 865 - 925
Context: The doctor's aim is to do good, even to our enemies, so much more to our friends, and my profession forbids us to do harm to our kindred, as it is instituted for the benefit and welfare of the human race, and God imposed on physicians the oath not to compose mortiferous remedies. Islamic Science, the Scholar and Ethics http://www.muslimheritage.com/topics/default.cfm?ArticleID=570, Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation.