„why do our enemies shape us more than our friends?“

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Robert Greene Foto
Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi Foto

„The doctor's aim is to do good, even to our enemies, so much more to our friends“

—  Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi Persian polymath, physician, alchemist and chemist, philosopher 865 - 925

Islamic Science, the Scholar and Ethics http://www.muslimheritage.com/topics/default.cfm?ArticleID=570, Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation.
Kontext: The doctor's aim is to do good, even to our enemies, so much more to our friends, and my profession forbids us to do harm to our kindred, as it is instituted for the benefit and welfare of the human race, and God imposed on physicians the oath not to compose mortiferous remedies.

Pierre-Jean de Béranger Foto

„Our friends, the enemy.“

—  Pierre-Jean de Béranger French poet and chansonnier 1780 - 1857

L'Opinion de ces Demoiselles, "Nos amis, nos ennemis" [Our friends, our enemies]. Expression used by the French during the truce after the capture of Sebastopol, referring to the Russians. Recorded in the London Times of that date. Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 221.

Robert Louis Stevenson Foto

„Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.“

—  Robert Louis Stevenson Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer 1850 - 1894

Prayer, inscribed on the bronze memorial to Stevenson in St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland

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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Jonathan Swift Foto

„…one enemy can do more hurt, than ten friends can do good.“

—  Jonathan Swift Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, and poet 1667 - 1745

Journal to Stella (30 June, 1711)

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„It is more disgraceful to distrust than to be deceived by our friends.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld, buch Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

Il est plus honteux de se défier de ses amis que d'en être trompé.
Variant translation: It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
Maxim 84.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)

Pythagoras Foto

„We ought so to behave to one another as to avoid making enemies of our friends, and at the same time to make friends of our enemies.“

—  Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 v.Chr

As quoted in Diogenes Laërtius, Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, "Pythagoras", Sect. 23, as translated in Dictionary of Quotations http://archive.org/details/dictionaryquota02harbgoog (1906) by Thomas Benfield Harbottle, p. 320
Original: (el) ἀλλήλοις θ᾽ ὁμιλεῖν, ὡς τοὺς μὲν φίλους ἐχθροὺς μὴ ποιῆσαι, τοὺς δ᾽ ἐχθροὺς φίλους ἐργάσασθαι. ἴδιόν τε μηδὲν ἡγεῖσθαι.

Joseph Stalin Foto

„Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?“

—  Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1879 - 1953

Often attributed to Stalin, there is not a single source which show that Stalin said this at any given time. There is only one source outside the blogosphere which attributes the quote to Stalin, but does not provide any evidence for the attribution. That source is the book Quotations for Public Speakers : A Historical, Literary, and Political Anthology (2001), p. 121 by the former US senator Robert Torricelli.
Misattributed

Winston S. Churchill Foto

„We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.“

—  Winston S. Churchill, buch The Second World War

Speech to the House of Commons (October 28, 1943), on plans for the rebuilding of the Chamber (destroyed by an enemy bomb May 10, 1941), in Never Give In! : The best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches (2003), Hyperion, p. 358 ISBN 1401300561
The Second World War (1939–1945)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Foto

„Let us move now from the practical how to the theoretical why: Why should we love our enemies?“

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

This passage contains some phrases King later used in "Where Do We Go From Here?" (1967) which has a section below.
1950s, Loving Your Enemies (Christmas 1957)
Kontext: Let us move now from the practical how to the theoretical why: Why should we love our enemies? The first reason is fairly obvious. 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. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says "love your enemies," he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. Have 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 we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Mao Zedong Foto

„Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the revolution.“

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

谁是我们的敌人?谁是我们的朋友?这个问题是革命的首要问题.
Shéi shì wǒmen de dírén? Shéi shì wǒmen de péngyǒu? Zhège wèntí shì gémìng de shǒuyào wèntí.
Chapter 2 https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/works/red-book/ch02.htm, originally published in Analysis of the Classes in Chinese Society (March 1926), Selected Works, Vol. I, p. 1.
Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong (The Little Red Book)
Original: (zh) 谁是我们的敌人?谁是我们的朋友?这个问题是革命的首要问题。

Citát „In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.“
Martin Luther King, Jr. Foto

„In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.“

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

1960s, The Trumpet of Conscience (1967)
Variante: In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

John McCain Foto

„What our enemies have sought to destroy is beyond their reach. It cannot be taken from us. It can only be surrendered.
My friends, we are again met on the field of political competition with our fellow countrymen. It is more than appropriate, it is necessary that even in times of crisis we have these contests, and engage in spirited disagreement over the shape and course of our government.
We have nothing to fear from each other. We are arguing over the means to better secure our freedom, and promote the general welfare. But it should remain an argument among friends who share an unshaken belief in our great cause, and in the goodness of each other.
We are Americans first, Americans last, Americans always. Let us argue our differences. But remember we are not enemies, but comrades in a war against a real enemy, and take courage from the knowledge that our military superiority is matched only by the superiority of our ideals, and our unconquerable love for them.
Our adversaries are weaker than us in arms and men, but weaker still in causes. They fight to express a hatred for all that is good in humanity.
We fight for love of freedom and justice, a love that is invincible. Keep that faith. Keep your courage. Stick together. Stay strong.
Do not yield. Do not flinch. Stand up. Stand up with our President and fight.
We're Americans.
We're Americans, and we'll never surrender.
They will.“

—  John McCain politician from the United States 1936 - 2018

2000s, 2004, Speech at the Republican National Convention (2004)

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„I am more afraid of our own blunders than of the enemy's devices.“

—  Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

Book I, Chapter V
History of the Peloponnesian War, Book I

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