"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" - good or bad advice ?

and why ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Good advice ,Don Vito was very wise !!!!

    Well I'm starting again after formally being at level 6 :(***

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, but only If you're a snake or a mafia type boss.. The idea obviously to enable you to backstab your enemy without a contest. Interestingly Samurai culture in Japan frowned upon such behaviour making assassinations harder and more demand for higher skill.

    I think mr average keeps his friends closer as his enemies are probably both annoying and non lethal to his existence.

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  • Allisa
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    This good quote applies in business. The enemies consider as your competitor, when it comes to competition it is good practice to be friendly and built relationship to your competitors, it is necessary and beneficials to make friends with enemy as it makes your business grow. It is always good to get a beat on what's happening in your industry. As in relationships, what goes around comes around, you can help the competitors or enemies as well in terms of dealing with hard customers and vice versa.

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  • Nick
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Good, friends provide support and aid when necessary but their lack of help is less a threat to your life than if you do not watch your enemy who could strike at any time.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Very sound advice. It especially holds true if you go into a highly competitive field, such as Law, PR, or Big Business. You always want to stay one step ahead of your competition, and the best way to do that is to constantly maintain tabs on them......

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm with Broken Blue Eyes on this one. I f I don;t like someone, which is rare, I would prefer not to be around them nor them around me. However, I tend to forgive easily and just move on...just more aware of what cause them to be my enemy than before, in case that sh*t surfaces again!. Then its on an crackin'!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Both can be used in different situations.

    sometimes we sleep with our enemies and not to our close friends.

    political parties usually...... well u all know right !!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Bad. Keep as far away from the evil ones as possible. You'll be happier in the long run.

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  • Paula
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    good advice........

    because if your enemies are close to you generally they won't be able to do anything damaging without you knowing what to expect and how to diffuse the situation.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Good advice because, you don't want to p*ss an enemy off, you don't know what kinda crap they can start.

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