|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||George Canning (17701827)|
|QUOTATION:||Give me the avowed, the erect, the manly foe,|
Bold I can meet,perhaps may turn his blow!
But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send,
Save, save, oh save me from the candid friend! 1
Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies. The French Ana assign to Maréchal Villars this aphorism when taking leave of Louis XIV. [back]