I have only made but one prayer in my life: “O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.” And God granted it.
When a man voluntarily engages in an important controversy, he is to do all he can to lessen his antagonist, because authority from personal respect has much weight with most people, and often more than reasoning. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
But I think the spirit of man is a good adversary.
Tell the truth, and so puzzle and confound your adversaries.
I have found that nothing so deceives your adversaries as telling them the truth.
Trials by the adversarial contest must in time go the way of the ancient trial by battle and blood.
It’s not my enemies I worry about. It’s my friends.
First, you know, a new theory is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it is seen to be so important that its adversaries claim that they themselves discovered it.
The art of leadership. . .consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention… The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belong to one category.