„We shall never go wrong if we do what is opposed to the interests of our enemy.“

No Compromise – No Political Trading (1899)
Kontext: We shall never go wrong if we do what is opposed to the interests of our enemy. On the other hand, we shall almost never go right if we do what our enemies applaud. Historical development is a continuous conflict, a conflict of interests, a conflict of races, a conflict of classes. And if friendship does not count even in ordinary business, how much less so in such a conflict. Good-naturedness and sentimentality have no place in politics. They have never won a victory, but have brought unnumbered defeats. Bluecher’s motto, “Always follow the cannon’s roar and throw yourself upon the enemy,” is the best rule also in.

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Wilhelm Liebknecht8
Deutscher sozialistischer Politiker 1826 - 1900

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„We should support whatever our enemies oppose and oppose whatever our enemies support.“

—  Mao Zedong Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 1893 - 1976

Fánshì dírén fǎnduì de, wǒmen jiù yào yǒnghù; fánshì dírén yǒnghù de, wǒmen jiù yào fǎnduì.
If the enemy opposes, we must support it; if the enemy supports it, we must oppose it.
Chapter 2 https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/works/red-book/ch02.htm, originally published in Interview with Three Correspondents from the Central News Agency, the Sao Tang Pao and the Hsin Min Pao (September 16, 1939), Selected Works, Vol. II, p. 272.
Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong (The Little Red Book)
Original: (zh_Hant) 凡是敵人反對的,我們就要擁護;凡是敵人擁護的,我們就要反對。

Nicholas Sparks Foto
Helen Keller Foto
Chester W. Nimitz Foto

„We shall never forget that it was our submarines that held the lines against the enemy while our fleets replaced losses and repaired wounds.“

—  Chester W. Nimitz United States Navy fleet admiral 1885 - 1966

As quoted in Historic Ship Exhibits in the United States (1969), by United States Naval History Division, United States Navy, p. 24

Martin Luther King, Jr. Foto

„May we solemnly realize that we shall never be true sons of our heavenly Father until we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1950s, Loving Your Enemies (Christmas 1957)
Kontext: Jesus is eternally right. History is replete with the bleached bones of nations that refused to listen to him. May we in the twentieth century hear and follow his words-before it is too late. May we solemnly realize that we shall never be true sons of our heavenly Father until we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

George W. Bush Foto

„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 43rd President of the United States 1946

Remarks During Signing of Defense Bill http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/aug/06/uselections2004.usa2 (5 August 2004).
2000s, 2004

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„We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.“

—  Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston British politician 1784 - 1865

Speech http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1848/mar/01/treaty-of-adrianople-charges-against to the House of Commons (1 March 1848).
1840s
Kontext: I hold with respect to alliances, that England is a Power sufficiently strong, sufficiently powerful, to steer her own course, and not to tie herself as an unnecessary appendage to the policy of any other Government. I hold that the real policy of England—apart from questions which involve her own particular interests, political or commercial—is to be the champion of justice and right; pursuing that course with moderation and prudence, not becoming the Quixote of the world, but giving the weight of her moral sanction and support wherever she thinks that justice is, and wherever she thinks that wrong has been done... I say that it is a narrow policy to suppose that this country or that is to be marked out as the eternal ally or the perpetual enemy of England. We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.... And if I might be allowed to express in one sentence the principle which I think ought to guide an English Minister, I would adopt the expression of Canning, and say that with every British Minister the interests of England ought to be the shibboleth of his policy.

Jamal Khashoggi Foto

„We are not opposed to our government and care deeply about Saudi Arabia. It is the only home we know or want. Yet we are the enemy.“

—  Jamal Khashoggi Saudi Arabian journalist 1958 - 2018

"Saudi Arabia wasn’t always this repressive. Now it’s unbearable." in The Washington Post (18 September 2017)

Lyndon B. Johnson Foto

„These are the enemies: poverty, ignorance, disease. They are the enemies and not our fellow man, not our neighbor. And these enemies too, poverty, disease and ignorance, we shall over, come.“

—  Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973

1960s, The American Promise (1965)
Kontext: For Negroes are not the only victims. How many white children have gone uneducated, how many white families have lived in stark poverty, how many white lives have been scarred by fear, because we have wasted our energy and our substance to maintain the barriers of hatred and terror? So I say to all of you here, and to all in the Nation tonight, that those who appeal to you to hold on to the past do so at the cost of denying you your future. This great, rich, restless country can offer opportunity and education and hope to all: black and white, North and South, sharecropper and city dweller. These are the enemies: poverty, ignorance, disease. They are the enemies and not our fellow man, not our neighbor. And these enemies too, poverty, disease and ignorance, we shall over, come.

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„We shall judge what British interests are and we shall be resolute in defending them.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

Speech at dinner for West German Chancellor (Helmut Schmidt) (10 May 1979) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/104080
First term as Prime Minister
Kontext: It has been suggested by some people in this country that I and my government will be a “soft touch” in the [European] Community. In case such a rumour may have reached your ears, Mr Chancellor... it is only fair that I should advise you frankly to dismiss it (as my own colleagues did, long ago). We shall judge what British interests are and we shall be resolute in defending them.

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Otto Stern Foto

„"Shall we do it?" "Well, then let's go, we shall do it!" Otto Stern asking, Walther Gerlach answering.“

—  Otto Stern German physicist 1888 - 1969

As quoted in The Historical Development of Quantum Theory: Its Foundation and the Rise of Its Difficulties, 1900-1925 (2001) by Jagdish Mehra, p. 437.
Attributed

Benito Mussolini Foto

„Socialism has to remain a terrifying and a majestic thing. If we follow this line, we shall be able to face our enemies.“

—  Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republican… 1883 - 1945

As quoted in Il Duce: The Life and Work of Benito Mussolini, L. Kemechey, New York: NY, Richard R. Smith (1930) p. 54. Written just before taking editorship of the Italian Socialist Party newspaper Avanti in 1912.
1910s

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„We must be what we are, or we become our enemies.“

—  Guy Gavriel Kay Canadian author of fantasy fiction 1954

Quelle: A Song for Arbonne

Christopher Paolini Foto

„It never struck me as interesting that I didn't go to school — we had our own little world.“

—  Christopher Paolini American author 1983

As quoted in "Authors of the month: Christopher Paolini and Flavia Bujor" by Dina Rabinovtich in The Guardian (31 March 2004) http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2004/mar/31/booksforchildrenandteenagers
Kontext: It never struck me as interesting that I didn't go to school — we had our own little world. I always thought of kids who were going to regular school as if they're the others, the separate ones.

Elvis Costello Foto

„What shall we do, what shall we do with all this useless beauty?“

—  Elvis Costello English singer-songwriter 1954

All This Useless Beauty
Song lyrics, All This Useless Beauty (1996)

Albert Lutuli Foto
Cosimo de' Medici Foto

„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

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