Envy and hatred are apt to blind the eyes and render them unable to behold things as they are.

—Margaret of Valois, c. 1600

Don’t hit a man at all if you can avoid it, but if you have to hit him, knock him out.

—Theodore Roosevelt, 1916

From hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.

—Herman Melville, 1851

In republics there is more vitality, more hatred, and more desire for revenge.

—Niccolò Machiavelli, 1513

Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.

—La Rochefoucauld, 1665

Better a thousand enemies outside the house than one inside.

—Arabic proverb

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

—Thales of Miletus, c. 585 BC

Put national causes first and personal grudges last.

—Sima Qian, c. 91 BC

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.

—E.B. White, 1977

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

—Louisa May Alcott, 1866

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