Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.
Gandhi wanted to meet with Churchill, his most bitter foe, when he visited London in 1931- but it didn’t happen. Churchill wanted to go to India personally as prime minister in 1942 to negotiate a final settlement on India with Gandhi and the other nationalist leaders – but the fall of Singapore prevented it from happening.
In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.
Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from falling hands we throw.
I wish my deadly foe no worse Than want of friends, and empty purse.
A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.
The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge.
Here is he laid to whom for daring deed, nor friend nor foe could render worthy meed.
He makes no friends who never made a foe.
We are bound to lose Ireland in consequence of years of cruelty, stupidity and misgovernment and I would rather lose her as a friend than as a foe.