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3. Converting people who are enemies into friends

"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?" (Abraham Lincoln)

 

It is amazing how fine the line is between friends and enemies. Sometimes, a person can be both effectively. Think of the long-standing celebrity feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Because they chased the same prizes, it was easy for them to feel some level of hate for one another. However, when the chips were down for either, both women showed up for one another. It gives new meaning to Sun Tzu's quote, "Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer." In some ways, people cannot become your proper enemies until they have had a stint as your friend.

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