Enemies

It's raining my soul, it's raining, but it's raining dead eyes.
~ Guillaume Apollinaire (Wilhelm-Apollinaris de Kostrowitzky) (on enemy fire), in Calligrammes (1918). La Nuit d'avril 1915

The word "parasite" has been much commented upon, as inappropriate to any but a living creeping thing (of course I use the word in a figurative sense, as a burden to the flesh), but if fat is not an insidious creeping enemy, I do not know what is.
~ William Banting, Letter On Corpulence, Addressed to the Public. Fourth Edition (1869).

The Hulk is the personification of the enemy which lurks under the surface of us all. We have to control that enemy within ourselves, or we can't control the conduct of the world.
~ Bill Bixby, in New York Newsday (7 May 1978).

A man's worst enemies are those
Of his own house and family;
And he who makes his law a curse,
By his own law shall surely die.
~ William Blake, from Jerusalem: The Emanation of The Giant Albion (1804).

He who loves his enemies betrays his friends; this surely is not what Jesus meant.
~ William Blake, from The Rossetti Manuscript (aka MS. Book; c. 1793-1811). The Everlasting Gospel (c. 1810).

When a base man means to be your enemy, he always begins with being your friend.
~ William Blake, in The Life of William Blake, Volume II (1863). Prose Writings. Public Address

But who is that enemy? It's not Osama bin Laden. Our enemy is a spiritual enemy because we are a nation of believers. You go back and look at our history, and you will find that we were founded on faith. ... And the enemy that has come against our nation is a spiritual enemy. His name is Satan.
~ Lieutenant General William G. "Jerry" Boykin, Speech, First Baptist Church, Broken Arrow OK (30 June 2002).

Our real enemy in trying to make a better world ... is cynicism.
~ Billy Bragg, in The Guardian (10 March 2008). 'I've said my piece'

In this fight I have the most intolerant and vindictive enemies I have ever met and I have the largest majority on my side I have ever had and I am discussing the greatest issue I have ever discussed.
~ William Jennings Bryan (on the science of evolution), in William Jennings Bryan Manuscripts, Library of Congress, Washington, DC Letter to Philip Troup (3 July 1925)

I didn't discriminate between individuals in the village, sir. They were all the enemy, they were all to be destroyed, sir ...
~ William Calley, My Lai court-martial testimony (February 1971).

The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts.
~ William Ellery Channing (D.D.), Discourse Preached at the Annual Election (26 May 1830). Spiritual Freedom

On the one hand we must freely use stratagem and on the other, we must be frugal in civilized scruple. We are in a nasty business, facing a nastier enemy.
~ William Joseph "Wild Bill" Donovan, Primary Blueprint; memo for the creation and functioning of an OSS Secret Intelligence Section in Eastern Europe (25 June 1942).

Rome remained great as long as she had enemies who forced her to unity, vision, and heroism. When she had overcome them all she flourished for a moment and then began to die.
~ William James "Will" Durant, The Story of Civilization, Volume III (1944). Caesar and Christ

The perfect conquest of a foe is to convert him into a friend.
~ William Channing Gannett, International Good-Will as a Substitute for Armies and Navies (1912).

The enemy is always in the mind.
~ William Goldman, The Princess Bride (1973).

While nobody likes a watchdog, and for that reason many investigation committees are unpopular, I thank God for men who, in the face of public denouncement and ridicule, go loyally on in their work of exposing the pinks, the lavenders and the reds who have sought refuge beneath the wings of the American eagle and from that vantage point try in every subtle, undercover way to bring comfort, aid and help to the greatest enemy we have ever known -- communism.
~ Billy Graham (Radio Broacast, 1953), quoted in Time Magazine. The Time 100

Napoleon never wished to be justified. He killed his enemy according to Corsican traditions [le droit corse] and if he sometimes regretted his mistake, he never understood that it had been a crime.
~ Baron De Barante Guillaume-Prosper (of the execution of the Duc d'Enghien, 1804), Souvenirs, vol. 7 (1865)

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.
~ William Hazlitt, Characteristics: in the Manner of Rochefoucault's Maxims (1823).

If you no enemy would make,
Against another never speak.
~ William Hutton, from Poems, chiefly tales (1804). Maxims

The deadliest enemies of nations are not their foreign foes; they always dwell within their borders. And from these internal enemies civilization is always in need of being saved.
~ William James, in Memories and Studies (1911). III. Robert Gould Shaw (Oration upon the Unveiling of the Shaw Monument, Boston MA; 31 May 1897)

Many of the fourth generation opponents have completely different motives. They're fighting for, among other things, God. And this fundamentally changes the nature of the war itself.
~ William S. Lind, FoxNews Channel, The Big Story With John Gibson (10 November 2003). Terror Warfare

Of such a "society" as this -- or rather of such a band of robbers and heap of corruption usurping the holy name of Society -- every honest man must be the enemy, even if he is not conscious of it.
~ William Morris, in Commonweal (1888).

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human (1878).

He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.
~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.
~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

You may have enemies whom you hate, but not enemies whom you despise. You must be proud of your enemy: then the success of your enemy shall be your success too.
~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra (1885). War and Warriors

Mankind has three great enemies: fever, famine, and war. And of these, by far the greatest, by far the most terrible, is fever.
~ William Osler, Address to the American Medical Association, Atlanta GA (6 May 1896). The Study of the Fevers of the South

I do not recognize any enemy which is human, for no human being can be my enemy. Whoever he is, whatever color he is, however mistaken he may be in what he believes, he is my friend, not my enemy, for he is no different from myself. My quarrel is not with him, but with that in him which I seek to destroy in myself first.
~ William Saroyan, The Human Comedy (1943).

No enemy is so annoying as one who was a friend, or still is a friend, and there are many more of these than one would suspect.
~ William Saroyan, Chance Meetings (1978).

And you all know, security
Is mortals' chiefest enemy.
~ William Shakespeare, Macbeth. Act III, scene v

Come hither, come hither, come hither:
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.
~ William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Fire answers fire, and through their paly flames
Each battle sees the other's umber'd face.
~ William Shakespeare, King Henry V. Act IV, Prologue

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.
~ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet prologue (1594-5)

I am sure care's an enemy to life.
~ William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night. Act I, scene iii

In cases of defence 'tis best to weigh
The enemy more mighty than he seems.
~ William Shakespeare, King Henry V. Act II, scene iv

My near'st and dearest enemy.
~ William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part I

What, man! defy the Devil: consider, he is an enemy to mankind.
~ William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night. Act III, scene iv

The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise the garrison are to be put to the sword if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender nor retreat.
~ Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis, Letter Appealing for Aid, Battle of The Alamo (24 February 1836)

[T]he skilful disputant well knows, that he never has his enemy at more advantage, than when, by allowing the premises, he shows him arguing wrong from his own principles.
~ William Warburton, Divine Legation of Moses (1738). Book IV. Section II

"Enemy fighters at two o'clock!" Roger. What should I do until then?
~ Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes (24 April 1988).

[The enemy] believes in force, and his intensification of violence is limited only by his resources, and not by any moral inhibitions.
~ William C. Westmoreland, Address to Congress on the Vietnam War (28 April 1967).

The enemy has been defeated at every turn.
~ William C. Westmoreland, (9 June 1968).

If I, in conflict with mine enemy, overcome him by my superior physical powers, or my skill in battle, I neither wholly subdue him, nor convince him of the justice of my cause.
~ William Whipper, Speech delivered at the First African Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia PA (16 August 1837). Non-Resistance to Offensive Aggression

Only one enemy can exist for you -- my enemy. With the present Socialist machinations, it may happen that I shall order you to shoot down your own relatives, your brothers, or even your parents -- which God forbid -- and then you are bound in duty implicitly to obey my orders.
~ Wilhelm II, Speech (1891)

It has used weapons of mass destruction. It has fired ballistic missiles at five countries around it. It is a recividist liar and war criminal.
~ George F. Will (on the U.S. argument for going to war with Iraq), MSNBC (fall 2002). Hardball with Chris Matthews

And we stand for the living, and we stand for the dead,
And we looked out to see your enemies,
And we see that you're looking all at us instead.
~ Dar Williams, in The Honesty Room (1993 album). The Great Unknown

I'd love to spit some Beechnut in that dude's eye and shoot him with my ole forty-five.
~ Hank Williams, Jr.

I was used to being the guy who was hunted after. ... It's actually good to kind of be on the other side and hunt everybody else.
~ Jay Williams, The Chicago Tribune (31 October 2002). Williams gives bright preview of the future

Don't go out in the world and get chased by monsters and madmen. Don't make enemies.
~ Tad Williams, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 3 (April 1994). To Green Angel Tower, Part 1

May 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.
~ Marianne Williamson, A Prayer for the World (11 September 2001).

If you catch him, just give me four seconds with Saddam Hussein.
~ Bruce Willis, Remarks at USO Concert Performance, Telafar, Iraq (25 September 2003).

Without a trace of irony I can say I have been blessed with brilliant enemies ... I owe them a great debt, because they redoubled my energies and drove me in new directions.
~ Edward Osborne (E.O.) Wilson, Naturalist (1994).

Fierce for the right, he bore his part in strife with many a valiant foe; but laughter winged his polished dart, and kindness tempered every blow.
~ William Winter

A man's doubts and fears are his worst enemies.
~ William Wrigley, Jr.

The innocent and the beautiful
Have no enemy but time.
~ William Butler Yeats, from The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933). In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz

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