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

—  Pythagoras

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

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ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -495 BC

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