By Vernalee
Take heed to “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” By doing so, you may not know if they are planning an attack, but you will be in a better position to protect yourself from harm. The Godfather, Marlon Brando has spoken! Listen! Act!
My research on this quote revealed the following:
“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” is ranked #58 in the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema. The quote has often been attributed to Sun Tzu and sometimes to Niccolò Machiavelli, but there are no published sources yet found which predate its use in the film, The Godfather. There is, however, an Italian proverb that follows closely: “Dai nemici mi guardo io dagli amici mi guardi dio!” – I can protect myself from my enemies, may God protect me from my friends. My thought is that if you know who is drilling holes in your boat, you can stop the leaks and throw the drillers aboard!
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