„Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.“

—  Sun Tzu

This has often been attributed to Sun Tzu and sometimes to Petrarch. It comes most directly from a line spoken by Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola:
My father taught me many things here. He taught me in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close but your enemies closer.
Niccolò Machiavelli, who is also sometimes credited, wrote on the subject in The Prince:
It is easier for the prince to make friends of those men who were contented under the former government, and are therefore his enemies, than of those who, being discontented with it, were favourable to him and encouraged him to seize it.
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philosophe théoricien de l'art de la guerre chinois -543 - -495 avant J.-C.

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„Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.“

—  Niccolo Machiavelli Italian politician, Writer and Author 1469 - 1527

Machiavelli commented on the relative ease of gaining favor from friends and enemies in Chapter 20 of The Prince, quoted above. However, this particular wording comes from a line spoken by Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), written by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola:
My father taught me many things here. He taught me in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
Misattributed

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„Count me not your friend but the enemy of your enemies.“

—  Jack Vance, Lyonesse Trilogy

Source: Lyonesse Trilogy (1983-1989), The Green Pearl (1985), Chapter 8, section 3 (p. 480)

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„The final level - of good ethics - is to deal with your enemy in the best kind of treatment as though he is a close friend!“

—  Mohammed Alkobaisi Iraqi Islamic scholar 1970

Understanding Islam, "Morals and Ethics" http://vod.dmi.ae/media/96716/Ep_03_Morals_and_Ethics Dubai Media

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„Elections are about fucking your enemies. Winning is about fucking your friends.“

—  James Carville political writer, consultant and United States Marine 1944

James Carville – 1992, As quoted by Hunter S. Thompson, Better Than Sex, p. 189

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„A blow from your friend is better than a kiss from your enemy.“

—  Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 avant J.-C.

As quoted in Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists‎ (2007) by James Geary, p. 118

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„Understand that some of your enemies are amongst your best friends.“

—  Jean Cocteau French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker 1889 - 1963

Diary of an Unknown (1988)

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