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You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.

—Joseph Conrad, 1900

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

—Louisa May Alcott, 1866

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

—Samuel Johnson, 1751

Rivalry is the whetstone of talent.

—Roman proverb

Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural.

—William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847

Opposition may become sweet to a man when he has christened it persecution.

—George Eliot, 1857

It is permitted to learn even from an enemy.

—Ovid, c. 8

With the dead there is no rivalry.

—Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1839

Enemies are so stimulating.

—Katharine Hepburn, 1969

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

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

Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.

—Book of Job, c. 600 BC