Quotations Galore! -- Friendship

"Friends are born, not made."
-Henry Adams

"Every man should have a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends."
-Henry Brooks Adams

"The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won't get much sleep."
-Woody Allen

"No man is the whole of himself. His friends are the rest of him."
-Good Life Almanac

"A friend to all is a friend to none."

"Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies."

"Friendship is a thing most necessary to life, since without friends no one would choose to live, though possessed of all other advantages."

"The easiest kind of friendship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one."
-Joan Baez

"This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half."
-Francis Bacon

"A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father; to his wife, but as a husband; to his enemy, but upon terms: whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires, and not as it sorteth with the person."
-Francis Bacon

"Those that want friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts."
-Francis Bacon

"Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
-Francis Bacon

"My father and he had one of those English friendships which begins by avoiding the intimacies and eventually eliminates speech altogether."
-Jorge Luis Borges

"If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love our friend for their sakes rather than for our own."
-Charlotte Brontë

"When friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance."
-Anatole Broyard

"It is a wonderful advantage to a man, in every pursuite or avocation, to secure an adviser in a sensible woman. In woman there is at once a subtle delicacy of tact, and a plain soundness of judgement, which are rarely combined to an equal degree in man. A woman, if she be really your friend, will have a sensitive regard for your character, honor, repute. She will seldom counsel you to do a shabby thing: for a woman friend always desires to be proud of you."
-Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things in life."
-James Francis Byrnes

"People will, in a great degree, and not without reason, form their opinion of you upon that which they have of your friends; and there is a Spanish proverb which says vry justly, 'Tell me whom you live with, and I will tell you who you are.'"
-Lord Chesterfield

"We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbour."
-G.K. Chesterton

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

"I have lost my seven best friends, which is to say that God has had mercy on me seven times without realizing it. He lent a friendship, took it from me, and sent me another."
-Jean Cocteau

"Friendship is not possible between two women one of whom is very well dressed."
-Laurie Colwin

"Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannot congeal in winter."
-James Fenimore Cooper

"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

"Real friendships among men are so rare that when they occur they are famous."
-Clarence Day

"Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends."
-Jacques Delille

"It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter."
-Marlene Dietrich

"There is a magic in the memory of schoolboy friendships; it softens the heart, and even affects the nervous system of those who have no heart."
-Benjamin Disraeli

"A new friend is like new wine; when it has aged you will drink it with pleasure."
-Ecclesiastes 9:10

"Be in peace with many, but let one of a thousand by thy counsellor."
-Ecclesiastes 1:23

"It is one of the blessigns of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Better to be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A friend is one before whome I can think aloud."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with roughest courage. When they are real, they are not glass threads or frost-work, but the solidest thing we know."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us."

"One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives."

"A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance."
-Benjamin Franklin

"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity."
-Kahlil Gibran

"Like everyone else I feel the need of relations and friendship, of affection, of friendly intercourse, and I am not made of stone or iron, so I cannot miss these things without feeling, as does any other intelligent man, a void and deep need. I tell you this to let you know how much good your visit has done me."
-Vincent Van Gogh

"The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life."
-Edward Everett Hale

"My God, this is a hell of a job. I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends, my goddamn friends. They're the ones that keep me walking the floor at night."
-Warren G. Harding

"Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold; But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends whom we choose."
-Tehyi Hsieh

"Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you."
-Elbert Hubbard

"My coat and I live comfortably togther. It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere, has moulded itself on my deformities, and is complacent to all my movements, and I only feel its presence because it keeps me warm. Old coats and old friends are the same thing."
-Victor Hugo

"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or, more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself."
-Victor Hugo

"The difference between men friends and women friends is that men tend to do things together, women tend to just be together."
-Art Jahnke

"The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters."
-Thomas Jefferson

"If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair."
-Dr. Johnson

"The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne."
-Dr. Johnson

"When my friends are one-eyed, I look at their profile."
-Joseph Joubert

"It is only the great-hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly can never know what true friendship means."
-Charles Kingsley

"Friends are God's apology for relations."
-Hugh Kingsmille

"Not chance of birth or place has made us friends,
Being oftentimes of different tongues and nations,
But the endeavor for the selfsame ends,
With the same hopes, and fears, and aspirations."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"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--
The song from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Money can't buy friends but it can get you a better class of enemy."
-Spike Milligan

"The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away."
-Wilson Mizner

"Love demands infinitely less than friendship."
-George Jean Nathan

"A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still."
-Friedrich Nietzsche

"Choose a friend as thou dost a wife, till death separate you."
-William Penn

"I was the kid next door's imaginary friend."
-Emo Phillips

"True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd, Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest."
-Alexander Pope

"The best mirror is an old friend."



"However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship."
-François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

"There is no hope of joy except in human relations."
-Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry

"One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter."
-Francoise Sagan

"We can never replace a friend. When a man is fortunate enough to have several, he finds they are all different. No one has a double in friendship."
-Johann Schiller

"When true friends meet in adverse hour,
'Tis like a sunbeam through a shower.
A watery way an instant seen,
The darkly closing clouds between."
-Sir Walter Scott

"True friendship is never serene."
-Marquise de Sévigné

"Those 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-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade."
-William Shakespeare

"No distance of place of lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth."
-Robert Southey

"Life without a friend is like death without a witness."
-Spanish proverb

"A friend is a present you give yourself."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

"So long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

"A friendship will be young after the lapse of half a century; a passion is old at the end of three months."
-Madame Swetchine

"Friendship based solely upon gratitude is like a photograph; with time it fades."
-Carmen Sylva

"A friendship that can end never really began."
-Publilius Syrus

"If I mayn't tell you what I feel, what is the use of a friend?"
-William Makepeace Thackeray

"The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?"
-Henry David Thoreau

"Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and the longitudes."
-Henry David Thoreau

"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."
-Mark Twain

"It is the first law of friendship that it has to be cultivated. The second is to be indulgent when the first law is neglected."

"The only thing to do is to hug one's friend tight and do one's job."
-Edith Wharton

"I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends."
-Walt Whitman

"Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success."
-Oscar Wilde

"If a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it, I should not mind a bit. but if a friend of mine had a sorrow and refused to allow me to share it, I should feel it most bitterly. If he shut the doors of the house of mourning against me, I would move back again and again and beg to be admitted so that I might share in what I was entitled to share. If he thought me unworthy, unfit to weep with him, I should feel it as the most poignant humiliation."
-Oscar Wilde

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you."
-Winnie the Pooh

"I have lost friends, some by death...others by sheer inability to cross the street."
-Virginia Woolf

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