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Quotations on Friendship

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The happiest business in all the world is that of making friends,
And no investment on the street pays larger dividends,
For life is more than stocks and bonds, and love than rate percent,
And he who gives in friendship's name shall reap what he has spent.

~ Unknown

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

~ Unknown

My friend, why have you drifted so far away? All motion is relative, maybe it is you who have moved away by standing still.

~ Unknown

To reprove small faults within due vehemence, is as absurd as if a man should take a great hammer to kill a fly on his friend's forehead.

~ Unknown

Flattery looks like friendship, just like a wolf looks like a dog.

~ Unknown

Let your friends be the friends of your deliberate choice.

~ Unknown

Acquaintance, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.

~ Ambrose Bierce

Acquaintance: a degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.

~ Ambrose Bierce

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

~ Kahlil Gibran

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

~ William Butler Yeats

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

Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.

~ Oscar Wilde

I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.

~ Oscar Wilde

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

~ Abraham Lincoln

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

~ Baltasar Gracian

"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.

~ Louisa May Alcott

Never Explain - your Friends do not need it and your Enemies will not believe you anyway.

~ Elbert Hubbard

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

~ George Santayana

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

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

~ George Washington

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

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is 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

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

~ Benjamin Disraeli

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

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

~ George Eliot

Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.

~ Pearl S. Buck

Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.

~ Virginia Woolf

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

~ G.K. Chesterton

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

~ Henry Ford

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

~ Jean de La Bruyčre

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

~ William Blake

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

~ William Blake

The length of one's days matters less than the love of one's family and friends.

~ Gerald Ford

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

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

~ John Burroughs

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

~ Golda Meir

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

~ Joseph Addison

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

~ Charlotte Brontė

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

~ Katharine Butler Hathaway

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

Love is blind, friendship closes its eyes.

~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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

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

~ Wilson Mizner

To attract good fortune, spend a new penny on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.

~ Proverbs

- Chinese Proverb

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

~ David Grayson

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

~ Charles Caleb Colton

I love my kids, but I wouldn't want them for friends.

~ Richard E. Burton

The little trouble in the world that is not due to love is due to friendship.

~ Ed Howe

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

~ Austin O'Malley

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

~ Austin O'Malley

If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.

~ E.M. Forster

Strangers are exciting, their mystery never ends, but there's nothing like looking at your own history in the faces of your friends.

~ Ani DiFranco

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