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count him braver who overcomes his desires
than him who conquers his enemies;
for the hardest victory is over self.
is important for people to realize that we can
make progress against world hunger,
that world hunger is not hopeless. The worst enemy
-- Reverend David Beckmann
"The sponsors of war closely resemble the
weapons they create. And smart bombs, depleted uranium,
land mines, rockets and tanks, rather than protect
'widows and orphans and strangers at the gate,'
are designed precisely to create 'widows and orphans,'
to transform strangers into enemies and enemies
-- Daniel Berrigan
these disturbing and distressing times, surely
it's cheaper, and smarter, to make friends out
of potential enemies than it is to defend yourself
against them..Justice is the surest way to get
think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.
It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious
You can't try to do things. You simply must do
-- Ray Bradbury
are still thousands of warheads loaded on operational
systems and standing on high states of alert on
virtually hair-trigger posture. And you have to
ask yourself: Why is that? Who is the enemy? What
is the threat?
-- General Lee
you believe in a security strategy -- a strategy
of more friends and fewer enemies, a strategy
of greater cooperation and a strategy of keeping
America better at home as we grow more diverse
-- we have to build the minds and hearts to build
this kind of world.”
~ Bill Clinton
greatest friend of truth is time, her greatest enemy
is prejudice, and her constant companion humility.
-- Charles Colton
have to decide what your highest priorities are
and have the courage - pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically
- to say 'no' to other things. And the way to do
that is by having a bigger 'yes' burning inside.
The enemy of the 'best' is often the 'good.'
-- Stephen Covey
they were during the Cold War, urban population
centers remain the most likely targets of a nuclear
attack. Now, however, an attack may come without
warning from an unknown enemy, to achieve unclear
-- Alan Cranston
think war is never the answer to solving any problems.
The best way to solve problems is to not have
the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best
As a people, we value family, education and success.
Hunger is an enemy to all three. Scientific studies
have demonstrated that even brief periods of hunger
can permanently inhibit a child's mental, emotional
and physical growth. Kids who are hungry do poorly
in school and are unlikely to grow into productive
adults. For families, experiencing hunger means
living in a world of isolation and shame. Caring
citizens must put an end to this disgrace.
-- Ted Danson
we would like to do is change the world-make it
a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and
shelter themselves as God intended for them to
do. And, by fighting for better conditions, by
crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers,
of the poor, of the destitute…we can, to a certain
extent, change the world; we can work for the
oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried
world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and
be confident that its ever widening circle will
reach around the world. We repeat, there is nothing
that we can do but love, and, dear God, please
enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love
our neighbor, to love our enemy as well as our
-- Dorothy Day
you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends.
You talk to your enemies."
-- Moshe Dayan
does not fare well where poverty and deprivation
reign. It does not flourish where there is ignorance
and a lack of education and information. Repression,
injustice and exploitation are inimical with peace.
Peace is gravely threatened by inter-group fear
and envy and by the unleashing of unrealistic expectations.
Racial, class and religious intolerance and prejudice
are its mortal enemies."
-- Frederik W.
think the only choice that will enable us to hold
to our vision. . . is one that abandons the concept
of naming enemies and adopts a concept familiar
to the nonviolent tradition: naming behavior that
-- Barbara Deming
hasn't been peace on earth because people can't seem
to figure out
that the real enemy is the people manipulating world
events from behind the scenes for their own selfish
-- James Dye
in [children] is not a national luxury or a national
choice. It's a national necessity. If the foundation
of your house is crumbling, you don't say you
can't afford to fix it while you're building astronomically
expensive fences to protect it from outside enemies.
The issue is not are we going to pay -- it's are
we going to pay now, up front, or are we going
to pay a whole lot more later on.
respect for authority is the greatest enemy of
power must be an enemy of mankind which enslaves
the individual by terror and force, whether it
arises under the Fascist or the Communist flag.
All that is valuable in human society depends
upon the opportunity for development accorded
to the individual.
-- Albert Einstein
Everyone knows that by far the happiest and universally
enjoyable age of man is the first. What is there
about babies which makes us hug and kiss and fondle
them, so that even an enemy would give them help
at that age?
exploitation and cartels and monopolies are the
enemies of underdeveloped countries. On the other
hand ... a regime which is completely oriented towards
the people as a whole and based on the principle
that man is the most precious of all possessions,
will allow us to go forward more quickly and more
harmoniously, and thus make impossible that caricature
of society where all economic and political power
is held in the hands of a few who regard the nation
as a whole with scorn and contempt.
-- Frantz Fanon
best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness;
to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart;
to your child, a good example; to a father, deference;
to your mother, conduct that will make her proud
of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.”
-- Benjamin Franklin
civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with
few; friend to one; enemy to none. -- Benjamin
Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims.
The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves.
-- Betty Friedan
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."
and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct
-- Mohandas K.
peace rule the universe; may peace rule in kingdoms
and empires; may peace rule in states and in the lands
of the potentates; may peace rule in the house of friends
and may peace also rule in the house of enemies"
-- Virchand Gandhi (1864-1901)
struggle to save the global environment is in
one way much more difficult than the struggle
to vanquish Hitler, for this time the war is with
ourselves. We are the enemy, just as we have only
ourselves as allies.
~ Al Gore
order to rally people, governments need enemies.
They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will
rally behind them. And if they do not have a real
enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
is nothing nobler or more admirable than when
two people who see eye to eye
keep house as man and wife, confounding their
enemies and delighting their friends.
long as governments set the example of killing their
enemies, private individuals will occasionally kill
- Elbert Hubbard
is more useless in developing a nation's economy
than a gun, and nothing blocks the road to social
development more than the financial burden of war.
War is the arch enemy of national progress and the
modern scourge of civilized man.
-- King Hussein
greatest enemy of any one of our truths may be the
rest of our truths.
-- William James
Conformity is that jailer of freedom and the enemy
-- John F.
great enemy of the truth is very often not the
lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest --
but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and unrealistic
-- John F.
“Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator.
And change has its enemies.”
"Love is the only force capable of turning an
enemy into a friend."
-- Martin Luther
must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is
devoid of the power to love. There is some good
in the worst of us and some evil in the best
of us. When we discover this, we are less prone
to hate our enemies. --
we not come to such an impasse in the modern
world that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting
hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken,
or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss
of annihilation. --
is a tragic mix-up when the United States spends
500,000 for every enemy soldier killed, and only
53 annually on the victims of poverty." --
Martin Luther King,
first, one hopes to win; then one expects the
enemy to lose;
then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering;
in the end, one is surprised that everyone has
-- Karl Kraus
Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will
be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
-- James Madison
you want to make peace with your enemy, you have
to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
-- Nelson Mandela
dig their graves with their own teeth and die by those
fated instruments more than the weapons of their enemies.
-- Thomas Moffett
In an interconnected world, the defeat of international
terrorism – and most importantly, the prevention
of these terrorist organizations from obtaining
weapons of mass destruction -- will require the
cooperation of many nations. We must always reserve
the right to strike unilaterally at terrorists
wherever they may exist. But we should know that
our success in doing so is enhanced by engaging
our allies so that we receive the crucial diplomatic,
military, intelligence, and financial support
that can lighten our load and add legitimacy to
our actions. This means talking to our friends
and, at times, even our enemies.
-- Barack Obama
great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
that would make his own liberty secure, must guard
even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates
this duty he establishes a precedent that will
-- Thomas Paine
seems to me that there are two great enemies of peace
- fear and selfishness.
-- Katherine Paterson
arising from ignorance breeds fear, and fear remains
the greatest enemy of peace.
foes now are universal - poverty, famine, religious
radicalization, desertification, drugs, proliferation
of nuclear weapons, ecological devastation. They
threaten all nations, just as science and information
are the potential friends of all nations. Classical
diplomacy and strategy were aimed at identifying
enemies and confronting them. Now they have to identify
dangers, global or local, and tackle them before
they become disasters.
-- Shimon Peres
enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition,
envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished,
we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
exist to protect the rights of minorities. The
loved and the rich need no protection: they have
many friends and few enemies.
-- Wendell Phillips
chief enemy of creativity is "good" sense."
-- Pablo Picasso
represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited
energy of the child with its apparent opposite and
enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined
-- Norman Podhoretz
is not made with friends. Peace is made with enemies."
shall we choose? Violence or non violence? …We have
to choose knowing that when we are violent to our
enemies, we do violence to ourselves. When we brutalize
others, we brutalize ourselves. And eventually we
run the risk of becoming our oppressors.
-- Arundhati Roy
is no greater gift to an insecure leader that
quite matches a vague enemy who can be used to
whip up fear and hatred among the population."
to fight and conquer in all your battles is not
supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists
in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
-- Sun Tzu
is a hero? He who turns his enemy into a friend.
an industrial society which confuses work and
the necessity of producing has always been an
enemy of the desire to create.
-- Raoul Vaneigem
is great enemy of man but bigotry is worse.
-- Swami Vivekananda
is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become
the enemy of the rest of mankind.
War and the preparation for war rob resources
from human security. As long as we honour war
and warriors we maintain fear and hate, always
based on ignorance; and fear is the enemy of learning,
it gives ignorance its power. As long as we misplace
money for weapons – we keep water polluted, we
keep far too many women illiterate and unskilled,
we prevent health care and education from being
universally enjoyed – we promote poverty. These
are among the root causes of violent conflict.
-- Cora Weiss
we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge
today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion.
We are to love our enemies that they might be
returned to their right minds.
Department of Peace would take a more human approach
to healing our society, looking not merely for
ways we can destroy an enemy, but for more powerful
ways to create new friends. While the State Department
engages in international diplomacy, there is no
domestic parallel. There is no department seeking
to harness the power of a nonviolent heart.
forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
-- Oscar Wilde
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
are two visions of America. One precedes our founding
fathers and finds its roots in the harshness of
our puritan past. It is very suspicious of freedom,
uncomfortable with diversity, hostile to science,
unfriendly to reason, contemptuous of personal autonomy.
It sees America as a religious nation. It views
patriotism as allegiance to God. It secretly adores
coercion and conformity. Despite our constitution,
despite the legacy of the Enlightenment, it appeals
to millions of Americans and threatens our freedom.
The other vision finds its roots in the spirit of
our founding revolution and in the leaders of this
nation who embraced the age of reason. It loves
freedom, encourages diversity, embraces science
and affirms the dignity and rights of every individual.
It sees America as a moral nation, neither completely
religious nor completely secular. It defines patriotism
as love of country and of the people who make it
strong. It defends all citizens against unjust coercion
and irrational conformity. This second vision is
our vision. It is the vision of a free society.
We must be bold enough to proclaim it and strong
enough to defend it against all its enemies.
-- Rabbi Sherwin Wine