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Friends & Friendship Quotes

The imaginary friends I had as a kid dropped me because their friends thought I didn’t exist.

Aaron Machado

 

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, Sixteenth President of the USA)

 

I don’t like that man. I’m going to have to get to know him better.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, Sixteenth President of the USA)

 

I desire to so conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me. 

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, Sixteenth President of the USA)

 

A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gal.” So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey which catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the highroad to his reason.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, Sixteenth President of the USA)

 

 

Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.

Agatha Christie (1891-1976, British Mystery Writer)

 

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend.

Albert Camus (1913-1960, French Existential Writer)

 

To act the part of a true friend requires more conscientious feeling than to fill with credit and complacency any other station or capacity in social life.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American Physicist)

 

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

Alice Walker (1944-, American Author, Critic)

 

Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.

Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American Educator, Social Reformer)

 

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American Novelist, Dancer)

 

There is an electricity about a friendship relationship. We are both more relaxed and more sensitive, more creative and more reflective, more energetic and more casual, more excited and more serene. It is as though when we come in contact with our friend we enter into a different environment. 

Andrew M. Greeley

 

Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.

Anita Brookner (1938-, British Novelist, Art Historian)

 

Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead. Do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead.

Anna Cummins

 

The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.

Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857, Russian Author)

 

A faithful friend is the medicine of life.

Apocrypha

 

Do not tell a friend anything you would conceal from an enemy.

Arabian Proverb

 

A friend is known when needed.

Arabian Proverb

 

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Arabian Proverb

 

The book is closed, the year is done, The pages full of tasks begun. A little joy, a little care, Along with dreams, are written there. This new day brings another year, Renewing hope, dispelling fear. And we may find before the end, A deep content, another friend.

Arch Ward

 

Without friends no one would choose to live.

Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher)

 

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.

Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher)

 

Friendship is essentially a partnership.

Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher)

 

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher)

 

To the query, “What is a friend?” his reply was “A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”

Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher)

 

Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.

Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher)

 

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.

Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher)

 

Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher)

 

A true friend is one soul in two bodies.

Aristotle (384-322 BC, Greek Philosopher)

 

It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British Novelist)

 

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.

Arnold H. Glasgow

 

Friends come and go but enemies accumulate.

Arthur Bloch

 

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German Philosopher)

 

A home-made friend wears longer than one you buy in the market.

Austin O’Malley

 

Show me a genuine case of platonic friendship, and I shall show you two old or homely faces.

Austin O’Malley

 

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish Philosopher, Writer)

 

Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.

Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish Philosopher, Writer)

 

Have friends. ‘Tis a second existence.

Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish Philosopher, Writer)

 

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British Statesman, Prime Minister)

 

Friends and neighbors, the taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly; and from these taxes the commissioners cannot ease or deliver us by allowing abatement.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat)

 

There are three faithful friends, an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat)

 

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.

Bernard Meltzer (1914-, American Law Professor)

 

Some friends play at friendship, but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin. [Proverbs 18:24]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

 

Faithful are the wounds of a friend.

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

 

A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. [Proverbs 27:19]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

 

Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable unto him. A new friend is as new wine: when it is old thou shalt drink it with pleasure.

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

 

A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found one hath found a treasure.

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

 

A friend loveth at all times. [Proverbs 17:17]

Bible (Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

 

In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that does not displease us.

Brigham Young (1801-1877, American Mormon Leader)

 

You can’t eat your friends and have them too.

Budd Schulberg

 

The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.

Buddha (568-488 BC, Founder of Buddhism)

 

A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.

Buddha (568-488 BC, Founder of Buddhism)

 

Love is only chatter, friends are all that matter.

Burgess (Frank) Gelett (1866-1951, American Writer, Humorist)

 

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

S. Lewis (1898-1963, British Academic, Writer, Christian Apologist)

 

Friendship is held to be the severest test of character. It is easy, we think, to be loyal to a family and clan, whose blood is in your own veins. Love between a man and a woman is founded on the mating instinct and is not free from desire and self-seeking. But to have a friend and to be true under any and all trials is the mark of a man!

Charles Alexander Eastman

 

That is what friendship means. Sharing the prejudice of experience.

Charles Bukowski (1920-1994, German Poet, Short Stories Writer, Novelist)

 

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British Sportsman Writer)

 

True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British Sportsman Writer)

 

A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882, British Naturalist)

 

Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.

Charles De Montesquieu (1689-1755, French Jurist, Political Philosopher)

 

Many merry Christmases, friendships, great accumulation of cheerful recollections, affection on earth, and Heaven at last for all of us.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British Novelist)

 

The wise man does not permit himself to set up even in his own mind any comparisons of his friends. His friendship is capable of going to extremes with many people, evoked as it is by many qualities.

Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900, American Author)

 

Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist Preacher)

 

‘Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British Essayist, Critic)

 

Separate from the pleasure of your company, I don’t much care if I never see another mountain in my life.

Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British Essayist, Critic)

 

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855, British Novelist)

 

Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity than in prosperity.

Chilo (560 BC, Greek Sage)

 

With true friends… even water drunk together is sweet enough.

Chinese Proverb

 

A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends.

Chinese Proverb

 

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.

Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904, American Author, Lawyer)

 

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.

Cindy Lew

 

Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find one good you must one hundred try.

Claude Mermet

 

My friends, there are no friends.

Coco Chanel (1883-1971, French Couturier)

 

Have no friends not equal to yourself.

Confucius (551-479 BC, Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher)

 

In America every woman has her set of girl-friends; some are cousins, the rest are gained at school. These form a permanent committee who sit on each other’s affairs, who “come out” together, marry and divorce together, and who end as those groups of bustling, heartless well-informed club- women who govern society. Against them the Couple of Ehepaar is helpless and Man in their eyes but a biological interlude.

Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British Critic)

 

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.

Czech Proverb

 

Friendship needs no words…

Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish Statesman, Secretary-general of U.N.)

 

Every deed and every relationship is surrounded by an atmosphere of silence. Friendship needs no words — it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.

Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish Statesman, Secretary-general of U.N.)

 

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend — or a meaningful day.

Dalai Lama (1935-, Tibet Religious Leader Resides In India)

 

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. 

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American Author, Trainer)

 

My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet. She’s now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia.

Dame Edna Everage

 

The road to a friend’s house is never long.

Danish Proverb

 

Your friendship is your needs answered.

Danish Proverb

 

No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor.

Danish Proverb

 

Friendship is neither a formality nor a mode: it is rather a life.

David Grayson (1870-1946, American Journalist and Writer)

 

Friends will keep you sane, Love could fill your heart, A lover can warm your bed, But lonely is the soul without a mate.

David Pratt

 

The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another’s little lapses.

David Storey (1933-, British Novelist, Playwright)

 

True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.

David Tyson Gentry

 

Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men.

Dhammapada (300 BC, Buddhist Collection of Moral Aphorism)

 

A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

 

Friendship is the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person having neither to weigh thoughts or measure words, but pouring all right out just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful friendly hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping and, with a breath of comfort, blow the rest away.

Dinah Mulock Craik

 

Friendship is a very simple word, very commonly used. The word friend is almost used on a daily basis. Yet, the depth and meaning of friendship certainly go beyond the simple and the common. Throughout history friendship has been a favorite theme for many writers. The following passages highlight what others have said about friendship in the past.

Dorothy Riera

 

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes.

Doug Larson

 

… I remember you and recall you without effort, without exercise of will; that is, by natural impulse, indicated by a sense of duty, or of obligation. And that, I take it, is the only sort of remembering worth the having. When we think of friends, and call their faces out of the shadows, and their voices out of the echoes that faint along the corridors of memory, and do it without knowing why save that we love to do it, we content ourselves that friendship is a Reality, and not a Fancy — that it is built upon a rock, and not upon the sands that dissolve away with the ebbing tides and carry their monuments with them.

Douglas Fairbanks (1909-, American Film Actor, Writer, Producer)

 

Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means you’ve become a comfortable, trusted element in another person’s life.

Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American Psychologist, Television and Radio Personality)

 

Everybody needs one essential friend.

Dr. William Glasser

 

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives.

Dumas The Younger

 

You have been my friends, replied Charlotte, that in itself is a tremendous thing…

E(lwyn) B(rooks) White (1899-1985, American Author, Editor)

 

Keep out of the suction caused by those who drift backwards.

K. Piper

 

Friendship is a horizon — which expands whenever we approach it.

E.R. Hazlip

 

When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson (1959-, American Basketball Player)

 

Friendship is to have the latchkey of another’s mind.

Edgar Godospeed

 

Instead of loving your enemies — treat your friends a little better.

Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American Journalist, Author)

 

When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.

Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American Journalist, Author)

 

It may be a cold, clammy thing to say, but those that treat friendship the same as any other selfishness seem to get the most out of it.

Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American Journalist, Author)

 

Don’t abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.

Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American Journalist, Author)

 

One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British Novelist, Poet)

 

I would rather have a million friends than a million dollars.

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker (1890-1973, American Aviator, World War I Ace)

 

If you have no enemies you are apt to be in the same predicament in regard to friends.

Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American Author, Publisher)

 

Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.

Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American Author, Publisher)

 

Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, Columnist, Lecturer, Humanitarian)

 

All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919, American Poet, Journalist)

 

Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose- briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?

Emily Bronte (1818-1848, British Novelist, Poet)

 

Friends are like fiddle strings, they must not be screwed too tight.

English Proverb

 

You may poke a man’s fire after you’ve known him for seven years.

English Proverb

 

We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.

Epicurus (341-270 BC, Greek Philosopher)

 

Of all things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.

Epicurus (341-270 BC, Greek Philosopher)

 

Friendship Never explain — your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe it anyway. A real friend never gets in your way, unless you happen to be on the way down. A friend is someone you can do nothing with and enjoy it. However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. It is not so much the example of others we imitate, as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words. 

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American Author, Philosopher)

 

However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. It is not so much the example of others we imitate, as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words. 

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American Author, Philosopher)

 

I have a friend who tells a tale With statements parenthetical; To start at the beginning must To her seem quite heretical; For her accounts of happenings Are full of disconnection s; She starts them in the middle, And proceeds in all directions.

Erica H. Stux

 

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue. If we have enough friends, we may go on for years, intending to leave, talking about leaving –instead of actually getting up and leaving.

Erica Jong (1942-, American Author)

 

There is no friend as loyal as a book

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American Writer)

 

Real friends are those who, when you’ve made a fool of yourself, don’t feel that you’ve done a permanent job.

Erwin T. Randall

 

Give me one friend, just one, who meets The needs of all my varying moods.

Esther M. Clark (American Poet)

 

The best time to make friends is before you need them.

Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959, American Actress)

 

God gives us our relatives — thank God we can choose our friends.

Ethel Watts Mumford (1878-1940, American Novelist, Humor Writer)

 

The real test of friendship is: Can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy together those moments of life that are utterly simple? They are the moments people looks back on at the end of life and number as their most sacred experiences.

Eugene Kennedy

 

Friends show their love in times of trouble…

Euripides (480-406 BC, Greek Tragic Poet)

 

I hate it in friends when they come too late to help.

Euripides (480-406 BC, Greek Tragic Poet)

 

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.

Euripides (480-406 BC, Greek Tragic Poet)

 

Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.

Euripides (480-406 BC, Greek Tragic Poet)

 

Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another. –

Eustace Budgell

 

We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for our ability to amuse them.

Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966, British Novelist)

 

We shelter children for a time; we live side by side with men; and that is all. We owe them nothing, and are owed nothing. I think we owe our friends more, especially our female friends.

Fay Weldon (1933-, British Novelist)

 

A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.

Fr. Jerome Cummings

 

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman)

 

Without friends the world is but a wilderness. There is no man that imparteth his joys to his friends, but he joyeth the more; and no man that imparteth his grieves to his friend, but he grieveth the less.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman)

 

That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end.

Francis Quarles (1592-1644, British Poet)

 

In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)

 

However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)

 

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care to acquire.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)

 

What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)

 

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)

 

Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul. They always are heavily loaded, and you must bear half.

François Fénelon (1651-1715, French Roman Catholic archbishop, theologian, poet and writer)

 

What is a friend? I will tell you… it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.

Frank Crane (American Actor)

 

A good motto is: Use friendliness but do not use your friends.

Frank Crane (American Actor)

 

A friend is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.

Frank Crane (American Actor)

 

The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German Philosopher)

 

A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German Philosopher)

 

Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.

Randolf

 

But a lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British Dramatist)

 

The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British Dramatist)

 

Give me the avowed, the erect, the manly foe, bold I can meet, perhaps may turn his blow! But of all plagues, good Heavens, thy wrath can send, save, save, oh save me from the candid friend!

George Canning (1770-1827, British Statesman)

 

A friend you have to buy won’t be worth what you pay for him.

George D. Prentice (American Editor)

 

Friendship is genuine when two friends can enjoy each others company without speaking a word to one another.

George Ebers

 

Friendships begin with liking or gratitude roots that can be pulled up.

George Eliot (1819-1880, British Novelist)

 

Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!

George Eliot (1819-1880, British Novelist)

 

Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.

George Eliot (1819-1880, British Novelist)

 

Love demands infinitely less than friendship.

George Jean Nathan (1882-1958, American Critic)

 

Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another; people are friends in spots.

George Santayana (1863-1952, American Philosopher, Poet)

 

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

George Washington (1732-1799, First President of the USA)

 

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.

George Washington (1732-1799, First President of the USA)

 

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.

George Washington (1732-1799, First President of the USA)

 

Thank You Friend I never came to you, my friend, and went away without some new enrichment of the heart; More faith and less of doubt, more courage in the days ahead. And often in great need coming to you, I went away comforted indeed. How can I find the shining word, the glowing phrase that tells all that your love has meant to me, all that your friendship spells? There is no word, no phrase for you on whom I so depend. All I can say to you is this, God bless you precious friend.

Grace Noll Crowell

 

Who ceases to be a friend never was one.

Greek Proverb

 

I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred –that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt. If we let our friend become cold and selfish and exacting without a remonstrance, we are no true lover, no true friend.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896, American Novelist, Antislavery Campaigner)

 

One who looks for a friend without faults will have none.

Hasidic Saying

 

The sacrifices of friendship were beautiful in her eyes as long as she was not asked to make them.

Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916, British Novelist, Writer)

 

One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.

Henry Brooks Adams (1838 – 1918, American Historian)

 

One may discover a new side to his most intimate friend when for the first time he hears him speak in public. He will be stranger to him as he is more familiar to the audience. The longest intimacy could not foretell how he would behave then

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist)

 

A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist)

 

 

A friend is one who incessantly pays us the compliment of expecting from us all the virtues, and who can appreciate them in us. The friend asks no return but that his friend will religiously accept and wear and not disgrace his apotheosis of him. They cherish each other’s hopes. They are kind to each other’s dreams. 

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist)

 

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist)

 

To say that a man is your Friend, means commonly no more than this, that he is not your enemy. Most contemplate only what would be the accidental and trifling advantages of Friendship, as that the Friend can assist in time of need by his substance, or his influence, or his counsel. Even the utmost goodwill and harmony and practical kindness are not sufficient for Friendship, for Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist)

 

We have not so good a right to hate any as our Friend.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist)

 

True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist)

 

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist)

 

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.

Henry Ford (1863-1947, American Industrialist, Founder of Ford Motor Company)

 

The difficulty is not that great to die for a friend, the hard part is finding a friend worth dying for.

Henry Home

 

In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence.

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933, American Protestant Clergyman, Poet and Writer)

 

Yes, we must ever be friends; and of all who offer you friendship Let me be ever the first, the truest, the nearest and dearest!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American Poet)

 

I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, who has sight so keen and strong That it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroken; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American Poet)

 

Keep a fair-sized cemetery in your back yard, in which to bury the faults of your friends.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American Preacher, Orator, Writer)

 

From quiet homes and first beginning, out to the undiscovered ends, there’s nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953, British Author)

 

When friendship disappears then there is a space left open to that awful loneliness of the outside world which is like the cold space between the planets. It is an air in which men perish utterly.

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953, British Author)

 

Never deceive a friend.

Hipparchus (2nd Century BC, Rhodian Astronomer)

 

The mind is lowered through association with inferiors. With equals it attains equality; and with superiors, superiority.

Hitopadesa (Sanskrit Fable From Panchatantra)

 

A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.

Homer (850 BC, Greek Epic Poet)

 

Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspired.

Homer (850 BC, Greek Epic Poet)

 

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.

Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French Novelist)

 

Old friends are the great blessings of one’s later years. Half a word conveys one’s meaning. They have a memory of the same events, have the same mode of thinking. I have young relations that may grow upon me, for my nature is affectionate, but can they grow [To Be] old friends?

Horace Walpole (1717-1797, British Author)

 

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.

Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Democratic Politician, Vice President)

 

My friend is he who will tell me my faults in private.

Ibn Gabirol

 

These can never be true friends: Hope, dice, a prostitute, a robber, a cheat, a goldsmith, a monkey, a doctor, a distiller.

Indian Proverb

 

For the friendship of two, the patience of one is required.

Indian Proverb

 

In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want.

Irish Toast

 

Good friends are good for your health.

Irwin Sarason

 

In a friend you find a second self.

Isabelle Norton

 

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.

Izaak Walton (1593-1683, British Writer)

 

Friendship can only exist between persons with similar interests and points of view. Man and woman by the conventions of society are born with different interests and different points of view.

August Strindberg (1849-1912, Swedish Dramatist, Novelist, Poet)

 

Fate chooses our relatives, we choose our friends.

Jacques Delille (1738-1813, French Poet)

 

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.

James Boswell (1740-1795, British Writer, Journalist)

 

Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life.

James F. Byrnes (1879-1972, American Judge, Secretary of State)

 

The first day one is a guest, the second a burden, and the third a pest.

Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French Writer)

 

Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.

Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French Writer)

 

Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.

Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French Poet)

 

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.

Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French Poet)

 

Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows.

Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German Novelist)

 

We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.

Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German Novelist)

 

Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.

Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854-1921, Anglo-American Mother of Winston Churchill)

 

We will win the world when we realize that fellowship, not evangelism, must be our primary emphasis. When we demonstrate the Big Miracle of Love, it won’t be necessary for us to go out — they will come in.

Jess Moody

 

Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.

Jesse Owens (1913-1980, American Olympic Track Athlete)

 

A friend you have to buy; enemies you get for nothing.

Jewish Proverb

 

 

The good fellow to everyone is a good friend to no one.

Jewish Proverb

 

Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure.

Jewish Saying

 

Show me a friend in need and I’ll show you a pest.

Joe E. Lewis (American Writer)

 

Friends show me what I can do, foes teach me what I should do.

Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German Dramatist, Poet, Historian)

 

Be not the fourth friend of him who had three before and lost them.

Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss Theologian, Mystic)

 

In comradeship is danger countered best.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist)

 

If I cannot understand my friend’s silence, I will never get to understand his words.

John Enoch Powell (1912-, British statesman,)

 

An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.

John Gay (1688-1732, British Playwright, Poet)

 

Friends are the sunshine of life.

John Hay (1838-1905, American Author, Statesman)

 

The love of our private friends is the only preparatory exercise for the love of all men.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890, British Religious Leader, Prelate, Writer)

 

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.

John Leonard

 

Friendship should be a private pleasure, not a public boast. I loathe those braggarts who are forever trying to invest themselves with importance by calling important people by their first names in or out of print. Such first-naming for effect makes me cringe.

John Mason Brown (1800-1859, American Militant Abolitionist)

 

Men are more evanescent than pictures, yet one sorrows for lost friends, and pictures are my friends. I have none others. I am never long enough with men to attach myself to them; and whatever feelings of attachment I have are to material things.

John Ruskin (1819-1900, British Critic, Social Theorist)

 

Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest for his feet.

John Selden (1584-1654, British Jurist, Statesman)

 

Two friendships in two breasts requires The same aversions and desires.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish Satirist)

 

Your notions of friendship are new to me; I believe every man is born with his quantum, and he cannot give to one without robbing another. I very well know to whom I would give the first place in my friendship, but they are not in the way, I am condemned to another scene, and therefore I distribute it in pennyworths to those about me, and who displease me least, and should do the same to my fellow prisoners if I were condemned to a jail.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish Satirist)

 

The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasures.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British Essayist, Poet, Statesman)

 

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British Essayist, Poet, Statesman)

 

The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British Essayist, Poet, Statesman)

 

Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British Essayist, Poet, Statesman)

 

How delightful to find a friend in everyone.

Joseph Brodsky (1940-, Russian-born American Poet, Critic)

 

He who has not the weakness of friendship has not the strength.

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French Moralist)

 

A puppy plays with every pup he meets, but an old dog has few associates.

Josh Billings (1815-1885, American Humorist, Lecturer)

 

The only way not to break a friendship is not to drop it.

Julie Holz

 

Let your best be for your friend…

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese Poet, Novelist)

 

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese Poet, Novelist)

 

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese Poet, Novelist)

 

Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese Poet, Novelist)

 

Your friend is your needs answered.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese Poet, Novelist)

 

Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese Poet, Novelist)

 

There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.

Katherine Hathaway

 

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923, New Zealand-born British Author)

 

I’m treating you as a friend asking you to share my present minuses in the hope that I can ask you to share my future pluses

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923, New Zealand-born British Author)

 

Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.

Kenneth Branagh (1960-, British-born American Actor, Director, Producer, Stage director)

 

You can always tell a real friend; when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.

Laurence J. Peter

 

My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.

Lee Iacocca (1924-, American Businessman, Former CEO of Chrysler)

 

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else.

Len Wein

 

A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.

Leo Buscaglia (American Expert on Love, Lecturer, Author)

 

 

Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies.

Leon Uris (1924-, American Novelist)

 

He is a fine friend. He stabs you in the front.

Leonard Louis Levinson

 

If you want to make a dangerous man your friend, let him do you a favor.

Lewis E. Lawes

 

I can’t forgive my friends for dying; I don’t find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.

Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American Essayist, Aphorist)

 

Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness.

Lois L. Kaufman

 

He makes no friends who never made a foe.

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British Poet)

 

Win hearts, and you have hands and purses.

Lord Burleigh

 

Friendship is Love without his wings!

Lord Byron (1788-1824, British Poet)

 

A mistress never is nor can be a friend. While you agree, you are lovers; and when it is over, anything but friends.

Lord Byron (1788-1824, British Poet)

 

I have always laid it down as a maxim –and found it justified by experience – that a man and a woman make far better friendships than can exist between two of the same sex –but then with the condition that they never have made or are to make love to each other.

Lord Byron (1788-1824, British Poet)

 

I have had, and may have still, a thousand friends, as they are called, in life, who are like one’s partners in the waltz of this world –not much remembered when the ball is over.

Lord Byron (1788-1824, British Poet)

 

Most people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773, British Statesman, Author)

 

Stay is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American Author)

 

Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827, German Composer)

 

It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian Political, Spiritual Leader)

 

The good man is the friend of all living things.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian Political, Spiritual Leader)

 

The richer your friends, the more they will cost you.

Marbury

 

What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.

Marcus T. Cicero (106-43 BC, Great Roman Orator, Politician)

 

Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its grieves and anxieties.

Marcus T. Cicero (106-43 BC, Great Roman Orator, Politician)

 

Friends are proved by adversity.

Marcus T. Cicero (106-43 BC, Great Roman Orator, Politician)

 

Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed.

Marcus T. Cicero (106-43 BC, Great Roman Orator, Politician)

 

Life is nothing without friendship.

Marcus T. Cicero (106-43 BC, Great Roman Orator, Politician)

 

Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.

Marcus T. Cicero (106-43 BC, Great Roman Orator, Politician)

 

A friend is, as it were, a second self.

Marcus T. Cicero (106-43 BC, Great Roman Orator, Politician)

 

True friendship is never serene.

Marie De Rabutin-Chantal

 

All things being equal, people will do business with a friend; all things being unequal, people will still do business with a friend.

Mark Mccormack (1930-, America Sports Agent, Promoter, Businessman)

 

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are.

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American Humorist, Writer)

 

Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have

somebody to divide it with.

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American Humorist, Writer)

 

The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.

Mark Twain (1835-1910, American Humorist, Writer)

 

To gather with God’s people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.

Martin Luther (1483-1546, German Leader of the Protestant Reformation)

 

It is not what you give your friend, but what you are willing to give him that determines the quality of friendship.

Mary Dixon Thayer

 

Do not choose for your friends and familiar acquaintance those that are of an estate or quality too much above yours…You will hereby accustom yourselves to live after their rate in clothes, in habit, and in expenses, whereby you will learn a fashion and rank of life above your degree and estate, which will in the end be your undoing.

Matthew Hale

 

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.

Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (370-300 BC, Chinese Philosopher)

 

If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.

Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French Philosopher, Essayist)

 

It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.

Mignon McLaughlin (1915?-, American Author, Editor)

 

A man must eat a peck of salt with his friend, before he knows him.

Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet)

 

When all is said and done, friendship is the only trustworthy fabric of the affections. So-called love is a delirious inhuman state of mind: when hot it substitutes indulgence for fair play; when cold it is cruel, but friendship is warmth in cold, firm ground in a bog.

Miles Franklin (1879-1954, Australian Author)

 

It’s funny, isn’t it? How your best friend can just blow up like that?

Monty Python

 

Friendship’s the privilege of private men; for wretched greatness knows no blessing so substantial.

Nahum Tate (1652-1715, British Poet, Dramatist)

 

 

Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American Novelist, Short Story Writer)

 

Thus much for thy assurance know; a hollow friend is but a hellish foe.

Nicholas Breton (1545-1626, British Author, Poet)

 

Friends, both the imaginary ones you build for yourself out of phrases taken from a living writer, or real ones from college, and relatives, despite all the waste of ceremony and fakery and the fact that out of an hour of conversation you may have only five minutes in which the old entente reappears, are the only real means for foreign ideas to enter your brain.

Nicholson Baker (1957-, American Author)

 

Hold a true friend with both your hands.

Nigerian Proverb

 

To find a friend one must close one eye — to keep him, two.

Norman Douglas (1868-1952, British Author)

 

The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.

Notebook

 

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish Author, Poet, Playwright)

 

Don’t flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American Author, Wit, Poet)

 

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV Personality, Producer, Actress, Author)

 

No young man starting in life could have better capital than plenty of friends.

They will strengthen his credit, support him in every great effort, and make him what, unaided, he could never be. Friends of the right sort will help him more — to be happy and successful — than much money…

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American Author, Founder of Success Magazine)

 

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.

Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British Author, Wit)

 

An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.

Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British Author, Wit)

 

The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917 Scottish Preacher, Author)

 

As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity.

Ovid (43 BC-18 AD, Roman Poet)

 

A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil — but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small silly presents every so often — just to save it from drying out completely

Pam Brown

 

There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first… when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.

Paramahansa Yogananda (Spiritual Author, Lecturer)

 

I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.

Peter Ustinov (1921-, British Actor, Writer, Director)

 

The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.

Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881-1955, French Christian Mystic, Author)

 

I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.

Pietro Aretino (1492-1556, Italian Writer)

 

Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.

Proverb

 

Broken friendships can be soldered, but never sound.

Proverb

 

A friend is someone who doesn’t like the same people you do.

Proverb

 

Short judgments make long friends.

Proverb

 

The time to make friends is before you need them.

Proverb

 

It is prosperity that gives us friends, adversity that proves them.

Proverb

 

We die as often as we lose a friend.

Publilius Syrus (1st Century BC, Roman Writer)

 

Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.

Publilius Syrus (1st Century BC, Roman Writer)

 

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.

Publilius Syrus (1st Century BC, Roman Writer)

 

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.

Pythagoras (582-507 BC, Greek Philosopher, Mathematician)

 

Wherever you are it is your own friends who make your world.

Ralph B. Perry

 

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

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Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

We talk of choosing our friends, but friends are self-elected

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

I do then with my friends as I do with my books. I would have them where I can find them, but I seldom use them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

I didn’t find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

A day for toil, an hour for sport, but for a friend is life too short.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist)

 

Friendships are fragile things and require as much care in handling as any other fragile and precious thing.

Randolph S. Bourne (1886-1918, American Writer)

 

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.

Readers Digest

 

Can miles truly separate us from friends? If we want to be with someone we love, aren’t we already there?

Richard Bach (1936-, American Author)

 

Your friends will know you better in the first minute they meet you than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.

Richard Bach (1936-, American Author)

 

Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness…

Richard Bach (1936-, American Author)

 

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.

Robert Brault

 

Never exaggerate your faults, your friends will attend to that.

Robert C. Edwards

 

Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or to keep one.

Robert E. Lee (1807-1870, American Confederate Army Commander)

 

Friends make pretence of following to the grave but before one is in it, their minds are turned and making the best of their way back to life and living people and things they understand.

Robert Frost (1875-1963, American Poet)

 

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.

Robert Hall

 

No man is useless while he has a friend.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist)

 

The very flexibility and ease which make men’s friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. And a man who has a few friends, or one who has a dozen (if there be any one so wealthy on this earth), cannot forget on how precarious a base his happiness reposes; and how by a stroke or two of fate –a death, a few light words, a piece of stamped paper, a woman’s bright eyes –he may be left, in a month, destitute of all.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist)

 

A friend is a present you give to yourself.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist)

 

So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist)

 

Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.

Robert Lynd (1892-1970, American Sociology Author)

 

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.

Robert Southey (1774-1843, British Author)

 

Tell me who’s your friend and I’ll tell you who you are.

Russian Proverb

 

To keep a new friend, never break with the old.

Russian Proverb

 

Give me work to do, Give me health, Give me joy in simple things, Give me an eye for beauty, A tongue for truth, A heart that loves, A mind that reasons, A sympathy that understands. Give me neither malice nor envy, But a true kindness And a noble common sense. At the close of each day Give me a book And a friend with whom I can be silent.

M. Frazier

 

To like and dislike the same things, this is what makes a solid friendship.

Sallust (86-34 BC, Roman Historian)

 

Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.

Sam Walter Foss

 

A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British Poet, Satirist)

 

A man’s friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage — but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British Poet, Satirist)

 

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British Poet, Satirist)

 

I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British Author)

 

Never, my dear Sir, do you take it into your head that I do not love you; you may settle yourself in full confidence both of my love and my esteem; I love you as a kind man, I value you as a worthy man, and hope in time to reverence you as a man of exemplary piety.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British Author)

 

The endearing elegance of female friendship.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British Author)

 

The most fatal disease of friendship is gradual decay, or dislike hourly increased by causes too slender for complaint, and too numerous for removal.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British Author)

 

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To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of the weary pilgrimage. 

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British Author)

 

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone; one should keep his friendships in constant repair. 

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British Author)

 

Friends are needed both for joy and for sorrow.

Samuel Paterson

 

Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends.

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703, British Diarist)

 

And though thou notest from thy safe recess old friends burn dim, like lamps in noisome air love them for what they are; nor love them less, because to thee they are not what they were.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British Poet, Critic, Philosopher)

 

Friendship is a sheltering tree.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British Poet, Critic, Philosopher)

 

I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.

Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794, French Writer, Journalist, Playwright)

 

Friendship always benefits; love sometimes injures.

Seneca (4 BC-65 AD, Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher)

 

Those that are a friend to themselves are sure to be a friend to all.

Seneca (4 BC-65 AD, Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher)

 

A friend is someone you can be alone with and have nothing to do and not be able to think of anything to say and be comfortable in the silence.

Sheryl Condie

 

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.

Sicilian Proverb

 

But just as delicate fare does not stop you from craving for saveloys, so tried and exquisite friendship does not take away your taste for something new and dubious.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French Author)

 

My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion for the man I loved.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French Author)

 

And what a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French Author)

 

Then come the wild weather, come sleet or come snow, we will stand by each other, however it blow.

Simon Dach (1605-1659, German Lyric Poet)

 

Learn to reject friendship, or rather the dream of friendship. To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art, or life (like aesthetic joys). I must refuse it in order to be worthy to receive it

Simone Weil (1910-1943, French Philosopher, Mystic)

 

For when two beings who are not friends are near each other there is no meeting, and when friends are far apart there is no separation.

Simone Weil (1910-1943, French Philosopher, Mystic)

 

False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.

Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890, Explorer, Born in Torquay)

 

If you have no friends to share or rejoice in your success in life — if you cannot look back to those whom you owe gratitude, or forward to those to whom you ought to afford protection, still it is no less incumbent on you to move steadily in the path of duty; for your active excretions are due not only to society; but in humble gratitude to the Being who made you a member of it, with powers to save yourself and others.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British Novelist, Poet)

 

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.

Socrates (469-399 BC, Greek Philosopher of Athens)

 

Money can’t buy you friends; but you do get a better class of enemies.

Somers White (American Banker, Speaker)

 

An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.

Spanish Proverb

 

I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.

St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born Bishop of Hippo, Theologian)

 

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don’t accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.

St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born Bishop of Hippo, Theologian)

 

Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.

St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622, Roman Catholic Bishop, Writer)

 

The friendship that can cease has never been real.

St. Jerome (342-420, Croatian Christian Ascetic, Scholar)

 

True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks.

St. Jerome (342-420, Croatian Christian Ascetic, Scholar)

 

A friend is long sought, hardly found, and with difficulty kept.

St. Jerome (342-420, Croatian Christian Ascetic, Scholar)

 

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274, Italian Scholastic Philosopher and Theologian)

 

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.

Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British Writer, Clergyman)

 

Friendship should be more than biting time can sever.

S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British Poet, Critic)

 

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.

Tehyi Hsieh

 

Many a time from a bad beginning great friendships have sprung up.

Terence (185-159 BC, Roman Writer of Comedies)

 

Join the company of lions rather than assume the lead among foxes.

The Talmud (Jewish Archive of Oral Tradition)

 

Man has three friends on whose company he relies. First, wealth which goes with him only while good fortune lasts. Second, his relatives; they go only as far as the grave, leave him there. The third friend, his good deeds, go with him beyond the grave.

The Talmud (Jewish Archive of Oral Tradition)

 

Your friendship is a glowing ember Through the year; and each December From its warm and living spark We kindle flame against the dark And with its shining radiance light Our tree of faith on Christmas night.

Thelma J. Lund

 

Verily, great grace may go with a little gift; and precious are all things that come from a friend.

Theocritus

 

There is a scarcity of friendship, but not of friends.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British Clergyman, Author)

 

A good friend is my nearest relation.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British Clergyman, Author)

 

If you have one true friend you have more than your share.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British Clergyman, Author)

 

 

Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British Clergyman, Author)

 

Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.

Thomas J. Watson (18?-1956, American Businessman, Founder of IBM)

 

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine. 

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, Third President of the USA)

 

To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, Third President of the USA)

 

Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, Third President of the USA)

 

Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.

Thomas Jones

 

Love Him, and keep Him for thy Friend, who, when all go away, will not forsake thee, nor suffer thee to perish at the last.

Thomas p Kempis (1379-1471, German Monk, Mystic, Religious Writer)

 

Friendship is to be purchased only by friendship. A man may have authority over others, but he can never have their hearts but by giving his own.

Thomas Wilson

 

Every man, however wise, needs the advice of some sagacious friend in the affairs of life.

Titus Maccius Plautus (254-184 BC, Roman Comic Poet)

 

Nothing is there more friendly to a man than a friend in need.

Titus Maccius Plautus (254-184 BC, Roman Comic Poet)

 

What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine.

Titus Maccius Plautus (254-184 BC, Roman Comic Poet)

 

Ones oldest friend is the best.

Titus Maccius Plautus (254-184 BC, Roman Comic Poet)

 

Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can’t have too many friends because then you’re just not really friends.

Truman Capote (1942-, American Author)

 

Who seeks a faultless friend remains friendless.

Turkish Proverb

 

The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.

Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885, American General, President)

 

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British Novelist, Essayist)

 

May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.

Voltaire (1694-1778, French Historian, Writer)

 

Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality.

H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American Poet)

 

We know our friends by their defects rather than their merits.

Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British Novelist, Playwright)

 

Camerado, I give you my hand, I give you my love more precious than money, I give you myself before preaching or law; Will you give me yourself?

Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American Poet)

 

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

Walter Winchell (1897-1972, American Journalist)

 

Strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet.

Will Rogers (1879-1935, American Humorist, Actor)

 

Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family — but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.

Willa Cather (1876-1947, American Author)

 

Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy for friendship’s sake.

William Blake (1757-1827, British Poet, Painter)

 

Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish Poet, Playwright.)

 

And say my glory was I had such friends.

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish Poet, Playwright.)

 

The man that hails you Tom or Jack, and proves by thumps upon your back how he esteems your merit, is such a friend, that one had need be very much his friend indeed to pardon or to bear it.

William Cowper (1731-1800, British Poet)

 

How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.

William E. Rothschild

 

There are persons who cannot make friends. Who are they? Those who cannot be friends. It is not the want of understanding or good nature, of entertaining or useful qualities, that you complain of: on the contrary, they have probably many points of attraction; but they have one that neutralizes all these –they care nothing about you, and are neither the better nor worse for what you think of them. They manifest no joy at your approach; and when you leave them, it is with a feeling that they can do just as well without you. This is not sullenness, nor indifference, nor absence of mind; but they are intent solely on their own thoughts, and you are merely one of the subjects they exercise them upon. They live in society as in a solitude.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British Essayist)

 

I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British Essayist)

 

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British Essayist)

 

 

The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British Essayist)

 

Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.

William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British Essayist)

 

There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our friends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please –that is, as they please or displease us. 

William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British Essayist)

 

Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendship and intimacies, and soon their places will know them no more, and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to keep by force of inertia.

William James (1842-1910, American Psychologist, Professor, Author)

 

Those who forgets their friends to follow those of a higher status are truly snobs.

William M. Thackeray (1811-1863, Indian-born British Novelist)

 

A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably. 

William Penn (1644-1718, British Religious Leader, Founder of Pennsylvania)

 

There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.

William Penn (1644-1718, British Religious Leader, Founder of Pennsylvania)

 

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor)

 

Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor)

 

A friend should bear a friend’s infirmities, But Brutus makes mine greater than they are.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor)

 

Friendship is constant in all other things, Save in the office and affairs of love.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor)

 

The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel, but do not dull thy palm with entertainment of each new-hatched unfledged comrade.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor)

 

I am already kindly disposed towards you. My friendship it is not in my power to give: this is a gift which no man can make, it is not in our own power: a sound and healthy friendship is the growth of time and circumstance, it will spring up and thrive li

William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British Poet)

 

Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.

William Wycherley (1640-1716, British Dramatist)

 

The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.

Wilson Mizner (1876-1933, American Author)

 

You cannot be friends upon any other terms than upon the terms of equality.

Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, Twenty-eighth President of the USA)

 

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.

Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, Twenty-eighth President of the USA)

 

If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.

Zig Ziglar (American Sales Trainer, Author, Motivational Speaker)

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