Enemy Quotes to Help Cut Ties to Frenemies

The enemy quotes below will help you figure out how to spot an enemy hiding within your friends.

Enemy seems like such a strong word, but having a true enemy is a big deal.

Let us know your favorite enemy quote in the comment section.

What are the benefits of reading these enemy quotes?

An enemy is defined as “a thing that harms or weakens something else.”

These enemy quotes will help you answer questions like:

  • How do you beat your enemy?
  • Should you make your enemy your friend?
  • How can you spot an enemy?

Maybe, you don’t think you have enemies but want to know what you should say to the haters in your life.

We can all use a little less of those things in our lives, and hopefully, these enemy quotes will give you the inspiration to rise above and just leave the haters behind!

Enemy quotes on the differences between friends and enemies

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

wise Enemy Quotes

2. “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” ― Oscar Wilde

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

Enemy Quotes about friends

4. “Your Worst Enemy Could Be Your Best Friend && Your Best Friend Your Worst Enemy” ― Bob Marley

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5. “Friends ask you questions; enemies question you.”  ― Criss Jami

Enemy Quotes and sayings

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

Enemy Quotes about knowledge

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

Enemy Quotes about explanations

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

Enemy Quotes about choices

9. “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

Enemy Quotes about trust

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

Enemy Quotes about sinister people

11. “An honorable man is fair even to his enemies; a dishonorable man is unfair even to his friends!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

Enemy Quotes about honorable men

Enemy quotes on how to fight your haters

12. “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” ― Abraham Lincoln

Enemy Quotes about friendship

13. “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Enemy Quotes about love

14. “We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.” ― George Orwell

Enemy Quotes about change

15. “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

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

Enemy Quotes about truth setting you free

17. “The greatest win is walking away and choosing not to engage in drama and toxic energy at all.” ― Lalah Delia

Enemy Quotes about winning

18. “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

Enemy Quotes about doubtful friends

19. “Enemies are either defeated, befriended or bypassed.” ― Stewart Stafford

Enemy Quotes about defeating

20. “Your enemies cannot make you hate them, define you, or make you obsessively think about them, only you can do that.” ― Carmine Savastano

Enemy Quotes about your choice

21. “I transform my enemy to a friend with my pen.” ― Debasish Mridha

Enemy Quotes about writing

22. “Keep quiet and the enemy will reveal himself.” ― Bangambiki Habyarimana

Enemy Quotes about keeping quiet

23. “Don’t fight with your enemy’s brains, fight with his heart” ― Bangambiki Habyarimana

Enemy Quotes about the heart

24. “True strength isn’t being able to knock your enemies down, it’s being able to hold yourself upright against their blows.” ― Toni Sorenson

Enemy Quotes about strength

Enemy quotes on the makings of an enemy

25. “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” – Winston Churchill

Enemy Quotes about the enemy within

 26. “An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.” ― Thomas Jefferson

27. “A man who lies about beer makes enemies” ― Stephen King

28. “If you have enemies, good that means you stood up for something.” ― Eminem

29. “They say you are judged by the strength of your enemies.” – James Bond

30. “A man with no enemies is a man with no character.” ― Paul Newman

31. “Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose you.” – Yassir Arafat

32. “It doesn’t take but a few words to turn your best friend into your worst enemy.” ― Marlan Rico Lee

33. “If every mortal looks at others as their friends, not as their enemies, the world would be a much better place, wouldn’t it?” ― Morgan Rhodes

34. “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu

Wise enemy quotes

35. “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte

36. “Love your enemies, for they tell you your Faults.” ― Benjamin Franklin

37. “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

38. “He will never have true friends, he who is afraid of making enemies.” ― William Hazlitt

39. “The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” – Marcus Aurelius

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

41. “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

42. “I love my enemies for two reasons: they inspire me to recognize my weakness. They also inspire me to perfect my imperfect nature.” ― Sri Chinmoy

43. “Seeing the enemy as human. A general’s ultimate nightmare.” ― Sabaa Tahir

44. “We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.” – Aesop

45. “A genuine enemy is more useful than a fake friend.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of fake friends quotes to help you deal with deceptive people.

46. “If video games have taught me anything, it’s that if you encounter enemies then you’re going the right way” ― Ali G.

47. “Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer.” ― Niccolò Machiavelli 
If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of Machiavelli quotes to give you an intellectual look at the themes of power, morality, and more.

48. “Never Hate your enemies, they teach you lessons.” ― Bharath Mamidoju

49. “People who are two-faced, usually forget which mask they are wearing at some point in their life.” ― Anthony T.Hincks

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

Best enemy quotes

51. “Enemies are people who’s story you haven’t heard, or who’s face you haven’t seen.” – Irene Butter

52. “Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.” – Mao Zedong

53. “Keep quiet and the enemy will reveal himself.” – Bangambiki Habyarimana

54. “Sometimes the simplest solution out of conflict is becoming someone’s friend.” – Shannon L. Alder

55. “The enemies of your enemies are not always your friends, but they can still be useful.” – James D. Sass

56. “A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit, as a rude friend is to protect.” – Bryant H. McGill

57. “You cannot defeat an enemy you do not admit exists.” –  Michael T. Flynn

58. “I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important.” – Leigh Bardugo

59. “A bullet can kill the enemy, but a bullet can also produce an enemy, depending on whom that bullet strikes.” – Tim O’Brien

60. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Enemy Quotes and Sayings

61. “May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.” – George Patton

62. “The noblest revenge is to forgive.” – Thomas Fuller

63. “Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.” – Mario Puzo

64. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” – Winston Churchill

65. “It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” – William Blake

66. “There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself : an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.” – Antisthenes

67. “Kill them with success, and bury them with a smile.” – Keisha Keenleyside

68. “Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

69. “Take the stones people throw at you, and use them to build a monument.” – Ratan Tata

70. “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Be smarter than your enemy quotes

71. “Know thyself, know thy enemy.  A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” -Sun Tzu

72. “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” -Mahatma Ghandi

73. “If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” -Desmond Tutu

74. “A man who has made no enemies is probably not a very good man.” -Antonin Scalia

75. “A man cannot be too careful in the selection of his enemies.” -Oscar Wilde

76. “If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

77. “No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies.” -Daisy Bates

78. “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” -Woodrow Wilson

79. “Be loyal to those who are loyal to you. And respect everyone, even your enemies and competition.” -John Cena

80. “Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.” -Antisthenes

Enemy quotes to keep you aware

81. “If you treat people with dignity, respect and friendliness, you can turn enemies into friends. An enemy is nothing but a friend in disguise.” -Ted Turner

82. “Everybody you fight is not your enemy and everybody that helps you is not your friend.” -Mike Tyson

83. “Never interfere with an enemy in the process of destroying himself.” -Napoleon

84. “If you don’t have enemies, you don’t have character.” -Paul Newman

85. “Only a fool would let his enemy teach his children.” -Malcolm X

86. “You cannot defeat your enemies until you know who they are.” -Anthony Horowitz

87. “If you have an enemy, then learn and know your enemy, don’t just be mad at him or her.” -Denzel Washington

88. “Enemies are just people whose stories you haven’t heard, or whose face you haven’t seen.” -Irene Butter

89. “Rejoice not at thine enemy’s fall- but don’t rush to pick him up either.” -Jewish proverb

90. “Your enemies are people too, and maybe they don’t have to be enemies if they’re that much like you.” -Joe Weisberg

Enemy Quotes On Success In Life

91. “Treat your friend as if he will one day be your enemy, and your enemy as if he will one day be your friend” — Warren G. Harding

92. “The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he’s on.” — Joseph Heller

93. “The enemies of the future are always the very nicest people.” — Christopher Morley

94. “You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

95. “I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.” — Walt Whitman

96. “I don’t have a warm personal enemy left. They’ve all died off. I miss them terribly because they helped define me.” — Clare Boothe Luce

97. “Who are enemies? Those who oppose each others will.” — Mary Caroline Richards

98. “Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never peril.” — Sun Tzu

99. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” — Nelson Mandela

100. “What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.” — Sun Tzu

Enemy Quotes To Help You Cope With Own Enemies In Life

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

102. “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

103. “The wise learn many things from their enemies.” — Aristophanes

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

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

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

107. “Love your enemies, for they determine who you are.” — Joseph Campbell

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

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

110. “He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.” — William Hazlitt

What did you learn from these enemy quotes?

Before reading these quotes, I would have said I didn’t have any “enemies.”

I’ve concluded that I have to re-evaluate some friendships when thinking about it in terms of things that try to harm or weaken me.

The people in your lives should be genuinely happy for you when you break away from things that cause you misery.

Sometimes jealousy, fear, and judgments hold them back, but don’t let them get in your head!

What’s your biggest takeaway from these enemy quotes and sayings?

Is there a relationship in your life that is bringing you down?

Do you have a story about a time you beat an enemy?

Please share it in the comment section! 

Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor

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