- A wise enemy as a companion is better than a foolish friend.
- English equivalent: A wise enemy is better than a foolish friend.
- "It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope and pride. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth. For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it."
- Patrick Henry, Speech at the Second Virginia Convention at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia (23 March 1775); first published in Life and Character of Patrick Henry (1817) by William Wirt.
- Cotter, George (1992). "2598". Proverbs and Sayings of the Oromo People of Ethiopia and Kenya With English Translations. Edwin Mellen Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-0-7734-9695-8.