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

George Ebers

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-seekin

Charles Eastman

Friendship is like a bank account. You can't continue to draw on it without making deposits.

Source Unknown

Friendship is like a prism through which the many variations of beauty are revealed in our lives.


Friendship is like vitamins, we supplement each other's minimum daily requirements

Source Unknown

Friendship is love with understanding.

Source Unknown

Friendship is Love without his wings!

Lord (George Gordon) Byron

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

David Grayson

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.

Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse)

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

Kenneth Branagh

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.

C. H. (Charles Haddon) Spurgeon

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

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.

Muhammad Ali

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

Woodrow Wilson

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Jean De La Fontaine

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

Thomas Aquinas

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.

Tom Wilson

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

Edgar Godospeed

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

C.S. Lewis

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

Baltasar Gracian

Friendship needs no words...

Dag Hammarskjold

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

Eric Hoffer

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 cr

John Mason Brown

Friendship should be a responsibility, never an opportunity.

Source Unknown

Friendship should be more than biting time can sever.

TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot

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

Robert Lynd

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

James F. Byrnes

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

Charles Caleb Colton

Friendship, 'the wine of life,' said Boswell, should, like a well-stocked cellar, be thus continually renewed. And Dr. Johnson added to this A man, Sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.

Samuel Johnson

Friendships are different from all other relationships. Unlike acquaintanceship, friendship is based on love. Unlike lovers and married couples, it is free of jealousy. Unlike children and parents, it knows neither criticism nor resentment. Friendship has

Stephen Ambrose

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

Randolph Silliman Bourne

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

George Eliot

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

St. Francis De Sales

Friendships that have stood the test of time and chance are surely best, Brows may wrinkle, hair grow gray, Friendship never knows decay.

Source Unknown

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

Nahum Tate

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

Joseph Addison

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

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, Dedicatory Ode Sonnets and Verse (1923)

Getting to know someone is like investigating a crime scene where the culprit is constantly allowed to rearrange the evidence.

Adnan Mithani

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

Esther M. Clark

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

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

S. M. Frazier

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ethel Watts Mumford

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.

Izaak Walton

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

William Wycherley

Good friends are good for your health.

Irwin Sarason

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

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

Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.

Baltasar Gracian

Have no friends not equal to yourself.


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

Leonard Louis Levinson

He makes no friends who never made a foe.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

He who has a thousand friends Has not a friend to spare, While he who has one enemy Shall meet him everywhere.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Joseph Joubert

He whose hand is clasped in friendship cannot throw mud.

Source Unknown

Hopes are planted in friendship's garden where dreams blossom into priceless treasures.

Source Unknown

How delightful to find a friend in everyone.

Joseph Brodsky

How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.

Madame Swetchine

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

William E. Rothschild

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

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


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 th

William James

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

Katherine Mansfield

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

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 lo

Harriet Beecher Stowe

I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It's one of the curses of London.

E. M. Forster

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

Logan Pearsall Smith

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

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Abraham Lincoln

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


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

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 eac

Lord (George Gordon) Byron

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 (George Gordon) Byron

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

Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort

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

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

William Hazlitt

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same kind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you ar

George Eliot, In a letter to Georgiana Burne-Jones, wife of the artist Edward Burne-Jones, 1875

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

Samuel Johnson

I loved my friend He went away from me There's nothing more to say The poem ends soft as it began - I loved my friend.

Langston Hughes

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 fo

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

Saint Augustine of Hippo

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

Edward Rickenbacker

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

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 de Montaigne

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

John Enoch Powell

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.

Saint Augustine of Hippo

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

Charlotte Bronte

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

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

Elbert Hubbard

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

Sir Walter Scott

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

Thomas Fuller

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

Lewis E. Lawes

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

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

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 bustli

Cyril Connolly

In comradeship is danger countered best.

Johann von Goethe

In my friend, I find a second self.

Isabel Norton

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.


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

Brigham Young

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


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

Henry Van Dyke

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

Kahlil Gibran

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

Edward W. Howe

It can never be bought or borrowed or sold A gift to be cherished, True friendship is a treasure beyond compare.

Source Unknown

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

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

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


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

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.

Colette, The Pure and the Impure, 1932

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.

Edward W. Howe

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.

John Leonard

It takes two people to ruin a perfectly good day. First a person who says something downright nasty about you, and second, a dear friend who makes sure you hear about it immediately.

Source Unknown

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

Monty Python

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

The Talmud

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

Henry Ward Beecher

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

E. K. Piper

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

Oscar Wilde

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

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

Sam Walter Foss

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

Kahlil Gibran

Let your friends be the friends of your deliberate choice.

Source Unknown

Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.


Life is nothing without friendship.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Tehyi Hsieh

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

Sydney Smith

Love demands infinitely less than friendship.

George Jean Nathan

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 Kempis

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.

Source Unknown

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

Love is only chatter, friends are all that matter.

Gelett Burgess

Make new friends but keep the old ones; one is silver and the other's gold.

Source Unknown

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

Man strives for glory, honor, fame, so that all the world may know his name. Amasses wealth by brain and hand. Becomes a power in the land. But when he nears the end of life and looks back over the years of strife. He finds that happiness depends on none

Source Unknown

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


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

Charles Dickens

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

Voltaire (Fran

May I always be worth of my friends.

Source Unknown

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

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

Samuel Pepys

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

Somers White

Most people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends.

Lord Chesterfield

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

Henry Ford

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

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

Ibn Gabirol

My friends, there are no friends.

Coco Chanel

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

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

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.

William Ellery Channing

Never deceive a friend.


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

General Robert E. Lee

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

Robert C. Edwards

Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.

Baltasar Gracian

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

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 exempl

Samuel Johnson

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

No man is useless while he has a friend.

Robert Louis Stevenson

No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor.

Danish proverb

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

Alice Walker

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

Orison Swett Marden

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


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

Honore de Balzac

O friend, my bosom said, Through thee alone the sky is arched. Through thee the rose is red; All things through thee take nobler form, And look beyond the earth, The mill-round of our fate appears A sun-path in thy worth. Me too thy nobleness has taught T

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First Series, 1841

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


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

Leon Uris

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