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

—Elsa Maxwell, 1955

The hatred of relatives is the bitterest.

—Tacitus, 117

All our enemies are mortal.

—Paul Valéry, 1942

Revenge may be wicked, but it’s natural.

—William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847

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

—Joseph Conrad, 1900

I shall embrace my rival—until I suffocate him.

—Jean Racine, 1669

Enemies are so stimulating.

—Katharine Hepburn, 1969

Rivalry is the whetstone of talent.

—Roman proverb

Better a thousand enemies outside the house than one inside.

—Arabic proverb

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

—George Eliot, 1857

We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.

—Aesop, c. 600 BC

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

—Chinua Achebe, 1960

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

—Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, 1880