„Watch for phonies, keep your enemies close nigga watch your homies“

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

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - -495 BC

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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„Ye keep your watch in the eternal day.“

—  Dante Alighieri, book Purgatorio

Canto XXX, line 103 (tr. Longfellow).
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„Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them.“

—  Michel Faber, book The Crimson Petal and the White

First lines, Ch. 1
The Crimson Petal and the White (2002)
Context: Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them. This city I am bringing you to is vast and intricate, and you have not been here before. You may imagine, from other stories you've read, that you know it well, but those stories flattered you, welcoming you as a friend, treating you as if you belonged. The truth is that you are an alien from another time and place altogether.

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„Another was, "Watch your opportunity."“

—  Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240

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„Go ahead, switch the style up. If niggas hate, then let them hate and watch the money pile up.“

—  50 Cent American rapper, actor, businessman, investor and television producer 1975

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„(Audience member): What's your mood watch say?“

—  Steve Martin American actor, comedian, musician, author, playwright, and producer 1945

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„An ally has to be watched just like an enemy.“

—  Leon Trotsky Marxist revolutionary from Russia 1879 - 1940

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„O! immodest mortal! Your destiny is the joy of watching the evershifting battle!“

—  Ludwig Boltzmann Austrian physicist 1844 - 1906

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