Benjamin Franklin Quotes on Enemy (11 Quotes)


    Lend money to an enemy, and thou will gain him, to a friend and thou will lose him.


    You and I were long friends you are now my enemy, and I am yours.


    Tis better leave for an enemy at one's death, than beg of a friend in one's life



    Franklin told of something which had happened at Lancaster in Pennsylvania at a treaty between the Six Nations and Virginia in 1744. The Virginia commissioners offered to take six Indian boys and educate them at the college in Williamsburg. The Indians, after politely waiting till the next day, declined the offer. Their young men who had gone to college in the northern provinces had come back 'bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either cold or hunger, knew neither how to build a cabin, take a deer, or kill an enemy, spoke our languages imperfectly, were therefore neither fit for warriors, hunters, or counselors they were totally good for nothing.' But the Indians would take a dozen Virginia boys and educate them properly in the forest.

    For the want of a nail, the shoe was lose for the want of a shoe the horse was lose and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail.

    Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.


    If you want to keep a secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.


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