"Better to place your trust on the word of foes than on that of allies. For your foes, at the very least, are honest & true in their feelings of disdain & animosity towards you. Be wary of false praise from allies, for it is not meant to enlighten, but to deceive & delude. Diatribe from a foe is worth ten times more , since it implies that you are feared, or, in the best circumstances, that you are worthy of respect." From 'The Hive Analecta', Chapter VII, pg. 1,358.
And now, the words of the day:
cyn·i·cism (s n -s z m)n.
-An attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others: "the public cynicism aroused by governmental scandals. "
-A scornfully or jadedly negative comment or act: “She arrived at a philosophy of her own, all made up of her private notations and cynicisms” (Henry James).
-Cynicism: The beliefs of the ancient Cynics.
i·ro·ny () ( r -n , r-)n. pl. i·ro·nies
-The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.
-An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.
-A literary style employing such contrasts for humorous or rhetorical effect. See Synonyms at wit.
-Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs: “Hyde noted the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated” (Richard Kain).
-An occurrence, result, or circumstance notable for such incongruity. See Usage Note at ironic.
un·der·hand ( n d r-h nd ) also un·der·hand·ed ( n d r-h n d d)adj.
-Marked by or done in a deceptive, secret, or sly manner; dishonest and sneaky. See Synonyms at secret.
con·de·scen·sion (k n d -s n sh n)n.
-The act of condescending or an instance of it.
-Patronizingly superior behavior or attitude.