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Better a thousand enemies outside the house than one inside.

—Arabic proverb

We die of comfort and by conflict live.

—May Sarton, 1953

Rivalry adds so much to the charms of one’s conquests.

—Louisa May Alcott, 1866

The hatred of relatives is the bitterest.

—Tacitus, 117

How can we bear misfortune most easily? If we see our enemies faring worse.

—Thales of Miletus, c. 585 BC

With the dead there is no rivalry.

—Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1839

Perish the universe, provided I have my revenge.

—Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, 1654

Put national causes first and personal grudges last.

—Sima Qian, c. 91 BC

Enemies to me are the sauce piquant to my dish of life.

—Elsa Maxwell, 1955

It would seem that in history it’s never a tooth for a tooth, but a thousand, a hundred thousand for one.

—Sybille Bedford, 1963

Many need no other provocation to enmity than that they find themselves excelled.

—Samuel Johnson, 1751

The men of today are born to criticize; of Achilles they see only the heel.

—Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, 1880

When a coward sees a man he can beat, he becomes hungry for a fight.

—Chinua Achebe, 1960