Fantastic Fables

by Ambrose Bierce

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The Man with No Enemies

AN Inoffensive Person walking in a public place was assaulted by a Stranger with a Club, and severely beaten.

When the Stranger with a Club was brought to trial, the complainant said to the Judge:

"I do not know why I was assaulted; I have not an enemy in the world."

"That," said the defendant, "is why I struck him."

"Let the prisoner be discharged," said the Judge; "a man who has no enemies has no friends. The courts are not for such."

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It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.