Category Archives: ENEMIES

“To me, the thing that is worse than death is betrayal. You see, I could conceive death, but I could not conceive betrayal.” ― Malcolm X

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Elegant Violence

Aufie Zophy

After five days of gloom 
and dark monsoon, 
sparks of colour in the sunrise
betray an enticing pause in the season

Strong winds still stand 
and sweep up white chunks of water
that jump out of the sea
in violent bouts of elegance

Better a thousand enemies outside the tent than one within it.


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The very same adversity can make one bitter and another better. A thoughtful and prayerful study on how to face adversity can change one’s world.

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

― Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

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False friends, sometimes also called frenemies, are people who pretend to be a friend and then turn out to be just the opposite. These are people who get close to you for the specific reason to make fun of you behind your back, delight in the misery you endure, use you for whatever you can give them, and find out about your life so they can gossip about it later.

Contrary breeze ah mek crow and eagle light on one line.

When there is trouble, enemies are sometimes forced to get together to solve problems.

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We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great eagle, these are our brothers.

“If there is no enemy within, the enemy out side can do us no harm.”

(African proverb)

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Akunyimaye kunde akuepusha kuvimbiwa.  NGU.
The one who denies you beans helps you to escape bloating.
If somebody denies you something that could harm you, even if you would have liked it, it’s for your good, because it diminishes your trouble. SM.
Try to laugh about people’s selfishness. AL.
Kunde: small beans thought to cause gas.

If you sit by a river long enough, you’ll see the body of your enemy float by.

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“At first, I saw mountains as mountains and rivers as rivers. Then, I saw mountains were not mountains and rivers were not rivers. Finally, I see mountains again as mountains, and rivers again as rivers.”

If you’re gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”

― Marilyn Monroe

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I’d rather treasure an enemy who frankly says that he hates me.. than to keep a friend whose passion is to put me down secretly.

Nishan Panwar

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

– Yitzhak Rabin

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“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.

― John Lennon

You can’t stop your heart from loving, really – it’s like standing out there in the ocean yelling at the waves to stop.”

― Sue Monk Kidd, The Mermaid Chair

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I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”                                                               — Martin Luther King, Jr

He realized that the loudest are the least sincere, that arrogance is a quality of the ignorant, and that flatterers tend to be vicious. ”

― Isabel Allende, Zorro

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Wealth is both an enemy and a friend.


To avoid each other, their eyes had developed an amazing mobility with all the cunning of enemies fearful of meeting each other head on.

― Guy de Maupassant


“Man’s unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.”

― Thomas Carlyle

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath


To hold one’s self in readiness for opportunity, to keep the serene, confident, hopeful, and joyful energy of mind, is to magnetize it, and draw privileges and power toward one. The concern is not whether opportunity will present itself, but as to whether we will be ready for the opportunity. It comes not to doubt and denial and disbelief. It comes to sunny expecta- tion, eager purpose, and to noble and generous aspiration. –Lilian Whiting.

Believers should acknowledge and wrestle with doubts… It is no longer sufficient to hold beliefs just because you inherited them.” ― Timothy Keller

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“Give me strength, not to be better than my enemies, but to defeat my greatest enemy, the doubts within myself. give me strength for a straight back and clear eyes, so when life fades, as the setting sun, my spirit may come to you without shame.”

― P.C. Cast

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

― Abigail Adams


“Rage is a powerful energy that with diligent practice can be transformed into fierce compassion. However much we disagree with our enemies, our task is to identify with them. They too feel justified in their point of view.”

Siddhārtha Gautama

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


She had lived a great deal among lies, before plumping for a small life of her own, a sincere and restricted life from which all pretense, even in matters sensual, was banished. How many crazy decisions and allegiances to successive aspects fo the truth! Had she not, one day when her costume for a fancy dress had demanded short hair, cut off the great chestnut mane that fell below her waist when she let it down? ‘I could have hired a wig,’ she thought. ‘I might also, at a pinch, have passed the rest of my life with Becker or Espivant. If it comes to that, I could also have gone on stirring puddings in a saucepan at Carneilhan. The things "one might have done" are, in fact, the things one could not do…”

Colette, Gigi, Julie de Carneilhan, and Chance Acquaintances: Three Short Novels

Sometimes when walls seem enemies, and sleep Given to others like a cruel jest Sent for my mocking, I, being mad for rest, Creep out all lonely past the huddled sheep

Amelie Rives. 1863-1945.


"Dai nemici mi guardo io, dagli amici mi guardi Iddio!"
"I (can) protect myself from my enemies; may God protect me from my friends!"

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The warrior who unthinkingly wanders from his camp unarmed, can make but feeble resistance when overtaken by the enemy



PROVERB 25 : 21 If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink. 22 You will make them burn with shame, and the Lord will reward you.

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‘ The sun and moon, fire and air, heaven, earth, and water ; the heart, and conscience ; day and night, with morning and evening ; justice and all, are witnesses of a man’s actions.’

"Fables and proverbs from the Sanskrit : being the Hitopadésa"


‘An intimate enemy is acquainted with everything Which relateth to one : our blemishes, our hearts, and our degree of courage.’

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