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Be one's own worst enemy act in a way contrary to one's own interests. It is said that the Labour politician Ernest Bevin (1881–1951), on hearing the comment that Aneurin Bevan was sometimes his own worst enemy, responded, ‘Not while I'm alive 'e ain't!’ (The comment is also attributed to Bevin of Herbert Morrison.)

the enemy of my enemy is my friend modern proverbial saying, sometimes said to be of Arab origin, and frequently used in discussions of western diplomacy in the Middle East.

See also the best is the enemy of the good, it is good to make a bridge of gold to a flying enemy, the good is the enemy of the best, there is no little enemy, public enemy number one.

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