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There are no enemies in contemplative life.

Just some annoying, fair-weather, and abusive friends.

Thought is not politics.

There are no enemies in intellectual life, only many kinds of friends.

Mnemonic.

The political question is friend or foe; the social question, high or low. 

How do you know we’re friends?

Well, you can talk to your friends. That’s what friends are for.

Learn from your enemy, democrats.

Learn, first of all, that there are friends and enemies.

Flattery.

Be wary of the friend who emphasizes how right you are whenever you state some trivial truth. They must take you for an imbecile or an enemy.

Common defenses. 

You say: “Attack me all you want, but don’t you dare say anything about my friends and family!” I hear: “Don’t you dare say anything about my friends and family—I know very well that you are speaking ill of me!”

Every binary implies a triad.

To take a political example: there are friends, enemies, and neutrals.

Nyugen, “The Sympathizer.”

It is a curiously abstract—one might even say academic—politics that takes sides easily.

Formal relations first.

The trait we take as an occasion to praise our friend would be the kind of thing we would take as a reason to hate our enemy.