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Ideas are powerful things, requiring not a studious contemplation but an action, even if it is only an inner action. Their acquisition obligates each man in some way to change his life, even if it is only his inner life. They demand to be stood for. They dictate where a man must concentrate his vision. They determine his moral and intellectual priorities. They provide him with allies and make him enemies. In short, ideas impose an interest in their ultimate fate which goes far beyond the realm of the merely reasonable.

- Decter, Midge

SOUL, n. A spiritual entity concerning which there hath been brave disputation. Plato held that those souls which in a previous state of existence (antedating Athens) had obtained the clearest glimpses of eternal truth entered into the bodies of persons who became philosophers. Plato himself was a philosopher. The souls that had least contemplated divine truth animated the bodies of usurpers and despots. Dionysius I, who had threatened to decapitate the broad- browed philosopher, was a usurper and a despot. Plato, doubtless, was not the first to construct a system of philosophy that could be quoted against his enemies; certainly he was not the last. "Concerning the nature of the soul," saith the renowned author of _Diversiones Sanctorum_, "there hath been hardly more argument than that of its place in the body. Mine own belief is that the soul hath her seat in the abdomen -- in which faith we may discern and interpret a truth hitherto unintelligible, namely that the glutton is of all men most devout. He is said in the Scripture to'make a god of his belly'-- why, then, should he not be pious, having ever his Deity with him to freshen his faith? Who so well as he can know the might and majesty that he shrines? Truly and soberly, the soul and the stomach are one Divine Entity; and such was the belief of Promasius, who nevertheless erred in denying it immortality. He had observed that its visible and material substance failed and decayed with the rest of the body after death, but of its immaterial essence he knew nothing. This is what we call the Appetite, and it survives the wreck and reek of mortality, to be rewarded or punished in another world, according to what it hath demanded in the flesh. The Appetite whose coarse clamoring was for the unwholesome viands of the general market and the public refectory shall be cast into eternal famine, whilst that which firmly through civilly insisted on ortolans, caviare, terrapin, anchovies, _pates de foie gras_ and all such Christian comestibles shall flesh its spiritual tooth in the souls of them forever and ever, and wreak its divine thirst upon the immortal parts of the rarest and richest wines ever quaffed here below. Such is my religious faith, though I grieve to confess that neither His Holiness the Pope nor His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury (whom I equally and profoundly revere) will assent to its dissemination."

- Ambrose Bierce

A fire which cannot be quenched, a worm which cannot die, I see existing, and consider them among the most blessed revelations of the gospel. I fancy I see them burning and devouring everywhere in the spiritual world, as their analogues do in the physical. I know that they have done so on me, and that their operation, though exquisitely painful, is most healthful. I see the world trying to quench and kill them; I know too well that I often do the same ineffectually. But, in the comfort that the worm cannot die and the fire cannot be quenched, I look calmly forward through endless ages to my own future, and the future of that world whereof it is written, "He shall reign until He hath put all enemies under His feet, and death and hell shall be cast into the lake of fire."

- Letters and Sermons. 1856.

Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.

- Stephen King

Our enemies approach nearer to truth in their judgments of us than we do ourselves.

- La Rochefoucauld, Francois De

Lovers may be -- and indeed generally are -- enemies, but they never can be friends, because there must always be a spice of jealousy and a something of Self in all their speculations.

- Byron, Lord

Bear patiently with a rival.

- Ovid

The person who has no enemies has no followers.

- Piatt, Don

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

- Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.

- Gibran, Kahlil

A wise man learns more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

- Gracian, Baltasar

Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.

- Graham Greene

Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.

- Antisthenes

A person is his own worst enemy.


Flattery makes friends and truth makes enemies.

- Proverb, Spanish

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.

- G.K. Chesterton

Remember, to them it is us who are the enemy.

- Simpson, N. F.

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you. [Matthew]

- Bible

Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.

- Earl of Chesterfield

To the rulers of the state then, if to any, it belongs of right to use falsehood, to deceive either enemies or their own citizens, for the good of the state: and no one else may meddle with this privilege.

- Plato

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