Friendship Quotes

Most popular friendship quotes

Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead.

love

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. - C. C. Colton quote.
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
Friendship often ends in love. But love in friendship; never. - C. C. Colton quote.
Friendship often ends in love. But love in friendship; never.

love

In a better world we will find our young years and our old friends. - Jean Antoine Petit-Senn quote.
In a better world we will find our young years and our old friends.

youth

Hence while friendship has been by far the chief source of my happiness, acquaintance or general society has always meant little to me, and I cannot quite understand why a man should wish to know more people than he can make real friends of. - C. S. Lewis quote.
Hence while friendship has been by far the chief source of my happiness, acquaintance or general society has always meant little to me, and I cannot quite understand why a man should wish to know more people than he can make real friends of.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. - Oscar Wilde quote.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.

laughter

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. - Mencius quote.
Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. - Samuel Butler quote.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
Friendships multiply joys and divide griefs.
Friends are born, not made. - Henry Adams quote.
Friends are born, not made.
Friends share all things. - Pythagoras quote.
Friends share all things.
True friendship is an identity of souls rarely to be found in this world. - Mahatma Gandhi quote.
True friendship is an identity of souls rarely to be found in this world.
One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.

family

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

proverbs Italian proverbs

A friend to all is a friend to none. - Thomas Fuller quote.
A friend to all is a friend to none.
A friend should bear his friend's infirmities. - William Shakespeare quote.
A friend should bear his friend's infirmities.
Life without a friend is death without a witness.
— Daisy & Daphne
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. - Socrates quote.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love. - Socrates quote.
Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.

compliments

Life has no blessing like a prudent friend. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.
A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.
A friend is a man who has the same enemies you have. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
A friend is a man who has the same enemies you have.

enemies

He that has many friends, has no friends. - Aesop quote.
He that has many friends, has no friends.
Never trust a friend who deserts you in a pinch. - Aesop quote.
Never trust a friend who deserts you in a pinch.
Seek friends who have beliefs and habits like thine own and in whom thou canst place thy trust. - Gautama Buddha quote.
Seek friends who have beliefs and habits like thine own and in whom thou canst place thy trust.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
The only way to have a friend is to be one. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. - Albert Camus quote.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
There are friendships merely for pleasure, some for the exchange of ideas. Rarest are those friends of one's inmost self. - Baltasar Gracian quote.
There are friendships merely for pleasure, some for the exchange of ideas. Rarest are those friends of one's inmost self.
Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. - Oprah Winfrey quote.
Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.

inspirational

Think of strangers as friends you have not met yet. - Abraham Lincoln quote.
Think of strangers as friends you have not met yet.

strangers

You can keep your friends by not giving them away. - Mary Pettibone Poole quote.
You can keep your friends by not giving them away.
The pleasures of youth pass away, but friendship will blossom forever. - Laura Ingalls Wilder quote.
The pleasures of youth pass away, but friendship will blossom forever.

youth

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you. - Mark Twain quote.
It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.

enemies

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear. - Maya Angelou quote.
The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.

listening

There is an intimate laughter to be found only among friends. - Maya Angelou quote.
There is an intimate laughter to be found only among friends.
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 quote.
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.
Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought nor sold, 
but its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold; 
for gold is cold & lifeless - it can neither see nor hear, 
in time of trouble its powerless to cheer — 
it has no ears to listen, no heart to understand, 
it cannot bring you comfort or reach out a helping hand. 
So when you ask God for a gift, be thankful if He sends 
not diamonds, pearls or riches but the love of real true friends. - Muhammad Ali quote.
Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought nor sold, 
but its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold; 
for gold is cold & lifeless - it can neither see nor hear, 
in time of trouble its powerless to cheer — 
it has no ears to listen, no heart to understand, 
it cannot bring you comfort or reach out a helping hand. 
So when you ask God for a gift, be thankful if He sends 
not diamonds, pearls or riches but the love of real true friends.
A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes. - Doug Larson quote.
A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes.
One does not make friends. One recognizes them.
In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends. - John Collins quote.
In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.

adversity

Strangers are friends that you have yet to meet.

strangers

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 quote.
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.
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 Breault quote.
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.
It may be true that a touch of indifference is the safest foundation on which to build a lasting and delicate friendship.
Getting people to like you is only the other side of liking them. - Norman Vincent Peale quote.
Getting people to like you is only the other side of liking them.

relationships

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. - Benjamin Franklin quote.
Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up. - Thomas J. Watson quote.
Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.

self-improvement

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. - William Blake quote.
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth. - George Washington quote.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth.
It takes a long time to grow an old friend. - John Leonard quote.
It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
John Leonard in Friends and Friends of Friends by Bernard Pierre Wolff
Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh quote.
Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.

men and women

Friends are relatives you make for yourself.
The golden rule of friendship is to listen to others as you would have them listen to you.

listening

You can make more friends in a month by being interested in them than in ten years by trying to get them interested in you.
We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young. - Letty Cottin Pogrebin quote.
We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.
If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends. - Mary Browne quote.
If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends.
My friends are my estate. Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them! - Emily Dickinson quote.
My friends are my estate. Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them!
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. - Aristotle quote.
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
In my friend, I find a second self.
No man is the whole of himself; his friends are the rest of him. - Harry Emerson Fosdick quote.
No man is the whole of himself; his friends are the rest of him.
A friend is someone you can do nothing with, and enjoy it.
— The Optimist Magazine
We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for our ability to amuse them. - Evelyn Waugh quote.
We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for our ability to amuse them.
A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad. - Arnold H. Glasow quote.
A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad.
How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend. - William Rotsler quote.
How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.
To a friend's house, the road is never long.
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
— Pioneer Girls Leaders’ Handbook
True friendship is like phosphorescence—it glows best when the world around you goes dark.
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 right. - Mark Twain quote.
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 right.
A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. - Arnold H. Glasow quote.
A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.
It is important for our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.
The surest way to lose a friend is to tell him something for his own good.
If it's painful for you to criticize your friends, you're safe in doing it; if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue.

criticism

A friend is a lot of things, but a critic he isn't. - Bernard Williams quote.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic he isn't.
A friend is someone who can see through you and still enjoys the show.
— Farmers Almanac
Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
Some of the most rewarding and beautiful moments of a friendship happen in the unforeseen open spaces between planned activities. It is important that you allow these spaces to exist.
We love those who know the worst of us and don't turn their faces away. - Walker Percy quote.
We love those who know the worst of us and don't turn their faces away.

love relationships

No man can be called friendless when he has God and the companionship of good books. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning quote.
No man can be called friendless when he has God and the companionship of good books.

reading God

An enemy who tells the truth contributes infinitely more to our improvement than a friend who deludes us.

proverbs truth

It pays to know the enemy—not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend. - Margaret Thatcher quote.
It pays to know the enemy—not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
A friend is someone who makes me feel totally acceptable.
The best mirror is a friend's eye.
— Scottish proverb

proverbs

Is it not strange that love, so fickle, is ranked above friendship, almost always so worthy? - Gabrielle Roy quote.
Is it not strange that love, so fickle, is ranked above friendship, almost always so worthy?

love

Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk. - Peggy Noonan quote.
Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk.

candor honesty

Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.

silence

There are no faster or firmer friendships than those between people who love the same books.

books

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. - Aristotle quote.
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Have no friends not equal to yourself. - Confucius quote.
Have no friends not equal to yourself.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust quote.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
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 quote.
A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.

action

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. - Henry Ford quote.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go.
It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship. - Colette quote.
It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.
Colette The Pure and the Impure
Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness! - George Eliot quote.
Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!
It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. - Marlene Dietrich quote.
It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
— John 15:13

love biblical

Friendship is Love without his wings! - Lord Byron quote.
Friendship is Love without his wings!

love

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. - Euripides quote.
Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.
It's all very well to tell us to forgive our enemies; our enemies can never hurt us very much. But oh, what about forgiving our friends? - Willa Cather quote.
It's all very well to tell us to forgive our enemies; our enemies can never hurt us very much. But oh, what about forgiving our friends?
Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer. - Jean de La Fontaine quote.
Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible.
It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people and the only thing is to face it. - W. Somerset Maugham quote.
It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people and the only thing is to face it.
The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him. - Cyril Connolly quote.
The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him.
Friendship has splendors that love knows not.
We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.

confidence

An enemy slaughters, a friend distributes.
— African proverb

enemies proverbs African proverbs

An intelligent enemy is better than an ignorant friend.
— African proverb

African proverbs proverbs enemies

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. - Mark Twain quote.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

happiness conscience books

We are so fond of one another, because our ailments are the same. - Jonathan Swift quote.
We are so fond of one another, because our ailments are the same.

health

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

success

The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.

virtue

Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
— Chinese proverb

proverbs Chinese proverbs critics

Friends are God's apology for relations.
Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.
Instead of loving your enemies - treat your friends a little better.
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.
A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure.
— Ecclesiasticus 6:14

biblical

A friend cannot be known in prosperity: and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.
— Ecclesiasticus 12:8

enemies biblical

A true Friend is the best Possession. - Benjamin Franklin quote.
A true Friend is the best Possession.
Friendships multiply joys and divide grief. - Thomas Fuller quote.
Friendships multiply joys and divide grief.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. - Thomas Jefferson quote.
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

masterpiece

We often choose a friend as we do a mistress, for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love. - William Hazlitt quote.
We often choose a friend as we do a mistress, for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

guests

There are three faithful friends, an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
Friendship is seldom lasting but between equals, or where the superiority on one side is reduced by some equivalent advantage on the other. - Samuel Johnson quote.
Friendship is seldom lasting but between equals, or where the superiority on one side is reduced by some equivalent advantage on the other.
Friendship is constant in all other things. Save in the office and affairs of love.
A friend in need is a friend to be avoided.
I have lost friends, some by death others by sheer inability to cross the street. - Virginia Woolf quote.
I have lost friends, some by death others by sheer inability to cross the street.
It is prudent to pour the oil of delicate politeness upon the machinery of friendship. - Colette quote.
It is prudent to pour the oil of delicate politeness upon the machinery of friendship.
Friends are the thermometer by which we may judge the temperature of our fortunes. - Lady Blessington quote.
Friends are the thermometer by which we may judge the temperature of our fortunes.
God gives us relatives; thank God, we can choose our friends.
A devoted friendship is never without anxiety. - Madame de Sevigne quote.
A devoted friendship is never without anxiety.
A knot in the tree spoils the ax; famine spoils friendship.
— African proverb

African proverbs proverbs

A powerful friend becomes at powerful enemy.
— African proverb

African proverbs proverbs

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.
— Ecclesiasticus 9:10

biblical reunion

FRIENDS IN NEED

Why so sad and woebegone?
Will the world not heed you?
Courage! Even you have won
friends you may rely upon
when they really need you.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain. - Kahlil Gibran quote.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

absence

Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions. - Samuel Johnson quote.
Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.

absence

Give me the avow'd, the erect, the manly foe,
Bold I can meet—perhaps may turn his blow;
But of all plagues, good heaven, thy wrath can send,
Save, save, oh! save me from the Candid Friend!

candor

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

communication

Ultimately, the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or friendship, is conversation. - Oscar Wilde quote.
Ultimately, the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or friendship, is conversation.

conversation marriage

We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly; and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship; for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him. - Michel de Montaigne quote.
We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly; and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship; for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him.

criticism

One doesn't measure friendship by length of time only; depth of time is just as valuable. And danger gives the greatest depths of all. - Helen MacInnes quote.
One doesn't measure friendship by length of time only; depth of time is just as valuable. And danger gives the greatest depths of all.

danger

Friends are "annuals" that need seasonal nurturing to bear blossoms.  Family is a "perennial" that comes up year after year, enduring the droughts of absence and neglect. - Erma Bombeck quote.
Friends are "annuals" that need seasonal nurturing to bear blossoms.  Family is a "perennial" that comes up year after year, enduring the droughts of absence and neglect.

family

Fortify yourself with a flock of friends!
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.
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 quote.
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 Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Political Fragments
A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter: he that has found one has found a treasure.
— Apocrypha—Ecclesiasticus 6:14–16

biblical

Forsake not an old friend, for a new one does not compare with him.  A new friend is like new wine; when it has aged, you will drink it with pleasure.
— Apocrypha—Ecclesiasticus 9:10

biblical

I keep my friends as misers do their treasure. - Pietro Aretino quote.
I keep my friends as misers do their treasure.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit. - Aristotle quote.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
To the query, "What is a friend?" his reply was, "A single soul dwelling in two bodies." - Aristotle quote.
To the query, "What is a friend?" his reply was, "A single soul dwelling in two bodies."
Aristotle Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers
Friendship is a virtue which comprehends all the rest; none being fit for this, who is not adorned with every other virtue.
It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend of his faults.  If you are angry with a man, or hate him, it is not hard to go to him and stab him with words; but so to love a man that you cannot bear to see the stain of a sin upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words—that is friendship. - Henry Ward Beecher quote.
It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend of his faults.  If you are angry with a man, or hate him, it is not hard to go to him and stab him with words; but so to love a man that you cannot bear to see the stain of a sin upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words—that is friendship.
Friendship is a difficult, dangerous job.  It is also (though we rarely admit it) extremely exhausting.
Acquaintance, n.  A person whom we know well enough to borrow from but not well enough to lend to.  A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous. - Ambrose Bierce quote.
Acquaintance, n.  A person whom we know well enough to borrow from but not well enough to lend to.  A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.
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 kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over. - James Boswell quote.
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 kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.

kindness

Friendship, "the wine of life," should, like a well stocked cellar, be thus continually renewed. - James Boswell quote.
Friendship, "the wine of life," should, like a well stocked cellar, be thus continually renewed.
Thus much for thy assurance know;
a hollow friend is but a hellish foe.
Proximity is nine-tenths of friendship.
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 Brontë quote.
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?
If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love our friends for their sakes rather than for our own; we must look at their truth to themselves, full as much as their truth to us. - Charlotte Brontë quote.
If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love our friends for their sakes rather than for our own; we must look at their truth to themselves, full as much as their truth to us.
Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.
To a heart formed for friendship and affection the charms of solitude are very short-lived. - Fanny Burney quote.
To a heart formed for friendship and affection the charms of solitude are very short-lived.

solitude

Friendship's a noble name, 'tis love refined.
Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend. - Agatha Christie quote.
Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.

murder

Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.
A friend is, as it were, a second self. - Cicero quote.
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
Friendship is a sheltering tree. - Samuel Coleridge quote.
Friendship is a sheltering tree.
The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame. - C. C. Colton quote.
The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.
But oh! The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. - Dinah Mulock quote.
But oh! The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely.

listening

My friends are my estate. - Emily Dickinson quote.
My friends are my estate.
There are very few honest friends—the demand is not particularly great. - Marie von Eschenbach quote.
There are very few honest friends—the demand is not particularly great.
It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old. - George Eliot quote.
It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old.
Friendships begin with liking or gratitude—roots that can be pulled up. - George Eliot quote.
Friendships begin with liking or gratitude—roots that can be pulled up.

gratitude

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.  Before him I may think aloud. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.  Before him I may think aloud.

sincerity

I hate it in friends when they come too late to help. - Euripides quote.
I hate it in friends when they come too late to help.
I've been barbecued, stewed, screwed, tattooed, and fried by people claiming to be friends. - W. C. Fields quote.
I've been barbecued, stewed, screwed, tattooed, and fried by people claiming to be friends.
To have a good friend is the purest of all God's gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment.  It is not inherited, as with a family.  It is not compelling, as with a child.  And it has no means of physical pleasure, as with a mate.  It is, therefore, an indescribable bond that brings with it a far deeper devotion than all the others.
'Tis great Confidence in a Friend to tell him your Faults, greater to tell him his. - Benjamin Franklin quote.
'Tis great Confidence in a Friend to tell him your Faults, greater to tell him his.
Friends are the thermometers by which one may judge the temperature of our fortunes. - Lady Blessington quote.
Friends are the thermometers by which one may judge the temperature of our fortunes.
Your friend is your needs answered.  He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. - Kahlil Gibran quote.
Your friend is your needs answered.  He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
Friendship to me is like a capital reserve.  It pays dividends only so long as the principal remains intact.  Whatever personal sacrifice is required, I am determined to come through all this experience without spending my principal—on any level.
The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life. - Edward Everett Hale quote.
The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life.
Nothing gives such a blow to friendship as the detecting another in an untruth.  It strikes at the root of our confidence ever after. - William Hazlitt quote.
Nothing gives such a blow to friendship as the detecting another in an untruth.  It strikes at the root of our confidence ever after.
Friendship is often outgrown; and his former child's clothes will no more fit a man than some of his former friendships.
Don't flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. quote.
Don't flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.

tact intimacy

It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. - Zora Neale Hurston quote.
It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee.
Friend! It is a common word, often lightly used. Like other good and beautiful things, it may be tarnished by careless handling.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life. - Thomas Jefferson quote.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life.
Friendship may well deserve the sacrifice of pleasure, though not of conscience. - Samuel Johnson quote.
Friendship may well deserve the sacrifice of pleasure, though not of conscience.
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone.  A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair. - Samuel Johnson quote.
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone.  A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.
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 this weary pilgrimage. - Samuel Johnson quote.
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 this weary pilgrimage.
A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success.
The most deadly fruit is borne by the hatred which one grafts on an extinguished friendship. - G. E. Lessing quote.
The most deadly fruit is borne by the hatred which one grafts on an extinguished friendship.

hate

It is one of the major tragedies that nothing is more discomforting than the hearty affection of the Old Friends who never were friends. - Sinclair Lewis quote.
It is one of the major tragedies that nothing is more discomforting than the hearty affection of the Old Friends who never were friends.
Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack.  Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.

men and women

Friendship is not linear.  It moves in all directions, teaching us about ourselves and about each other. - Shirley MacLaine quote.
Friendship is not linear.  It moves in all directions, teaching us about ourselves and about each other.
The truth is friendship is to me every bit as sacred and eternal as marriage. - Katherine Mansfield quote.
The truth is friendship is to me every bit as sacred and eternal as marriage.
Relations are errors that Nature makes.
Your spouse you can put on the shelf.
But your friends, dear friends, are the quaint mistakes
You always commit yourself. - Phyllis McGinley quote.
Relations are errors that Nature makes.
Your spouse you can put on the shelf.
But your friends, dear friends, are the quaint mistakes
You always commit yourself.
Friendship is the bread of the heart.
May God preserve me from the love of a friend who will never dare to rebuke me. - Thomas Merton quote.
May God preserve me from the love of a friend who will never dare to rebuke me.
The chief rock upon which a lasting friendship rests is a strong mutual belief in the same general fallacies and falsehoods. - George Jean Nathan quote.
The chief rock upon which a lasting friendship rests is a strong mutual belief in the same general fallacies and falsehoods.
Love demands infinitely less than friendship. - George Jean Nathan quote.
Love demands infinitely less than friendship.

love

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. - Anaïs Nin quote.
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.
What I cannot love, I overlook.  Is that real friendship? - Anaïs Nin quote.
What I cannot love, I overlook.  Is that real friendship?
Anaïs Nin The Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1947–1955
For friendship is an art, and very few persons are born with a natural gift for it. - Kathleen Noriss quote.
For friendship is an art, and very few persons are born with a natural gift for it.
A home-made friend wears longer than one you buy in the market. - Austin O'Malley quote.
A home-made friend wears longer than one you buy in the market.
Love will enter cloaked in friendship's name. - Ovid quote.
Love will enter cloaked in friendship's name.
Ovid The Art of Love

love

Friendship requires deeds. - Jean Paul quote.
Friendship requires deeds.
Jean Paul The Sailor’s Magazine and Seaman’s Friend
Friendship loves a free air, and will not be penned up in straight and narrow enclosures. - William Penn quote.
Friendship loves a free air, and will not be penned up in straight and narrow enclosures.
Illness is friendship's proving ground, the uncharted territory where one's actions may be the least sure-footed but also the most indelible. - Letty Cottin Pogrebin quote.
Illness is friendship's proving ground, the uncharted territory where one's actions may be the least sure-footed but also the most indelible.

illness

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

happiness gratitude

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife.  But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him?  Here every language is silent.

loss

Though friendship is not quick to burn,
It is explosive stuff. - May Sarton quote.
Though friendship is not quick to burn,
It is explosive stuff.
May Sarton “Friendship: The Storms,” in A Grain of Mustard Seed: New Poems
We are advertis'd by our loving friends. - William Shakespeare quote.
We are advertis'd by our loving friends.
Friendship is constant in in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love. - William Shakespeare quote.
Friendship is constant in in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love.
Perhaps what makes friendship and love exciting is the continuing discovery of another personality.

love

Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.
True friendship can afford true knowledge.  It does not depend on darkness and ignorance. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
True friendship can afford true knowledge.  It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
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 quote.
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.
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 quote.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with.  Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.

leverage

The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships. - H. G. Wells quote.
The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships.
All love that has not friendship for its base,
Is like a mansion built upon the sand.
Love, to endure life's sorrow and earth's woe,
Needs friendship's solid masonwork below.

love

A friend: one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. - Walter Winchell quote.
A friend: one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Friendship's the wine of life. - Edward Young quote.
Friendship's the wine of life.
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends. - Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.

growth

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?

love

Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.

love

Friendship, which is of its nature a delicate thing, fastidious, slow of growth, is easily checked, will hesitate, demur, recoil where love, good old blustering love, bowls ahead and blunders through every obstacle. - Colette quote.
Friendship, which is of its nature a delicate thing, fastidious, slow of growth, is easily checked, will hesitate, demur, recoil where love, good old blustering love, bowls ahead and blunders through every obstacle.

love

Love is friendship that has caught fire.  It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.  It is loyalty through good and bad times.  It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. - Ann Landers quote.
Love is friendship that has caught fire.  It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.  It is loyalty through good and bad times.  It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.

love

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love.  Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.

love

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. - Gautama Buddha quote.
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

bad company

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. - William Blake quote.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

enemies forgiveness

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.
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.
A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship. - John D. Rockefeller quote.
A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.

business

A single rose can be my garden ... a single friend, my world. - Leo Buscaglia quote.
A single rose can be my garden ... a single friend, my world.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. - George Washington quote.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.
But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. quote.
But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends. - Shirley MacLaine quote.
Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.
Friendship and money: oil and water. - Mario Puzo quote.
Friendship and money: oil and water.
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. - Charles Alexander Eastman quote.
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.
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 quote.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art ... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
Friendship needs no words—it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. - Dag Hammarskjold quote.
Friendship needs no words—it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
Friendship ... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. - Muhammad Ali quote.
Friendship ... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends. - Oscar Wilde quote.
He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
I always felt that the great high privilege, relief, and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. - Plutarch quote.
I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favour of the kings of the world. - Thomas Edison quote.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favour of the kings of the world.
If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. - George MacDonald quote.
If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.
If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends—you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue.
It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. - Epicurus quote.
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives, two friends that always remained strange to one another, because one of them attracted by virtue of similarity, the other by difference. - Emil Ludwig quote.
Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives, two friends that always remained strange to one another, because one of them attracted by virtue of similarity, the other by difference.

interesting

Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends.
Never explain—your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
Never explain—your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Never have a companion that casts you in the shade. - Baltasar Gracian quote.
Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.
Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. - Plautus quote.
Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.
Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other. - Honoré de Balzac quote.
Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.

cynical

One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. - George Santayana quote.
One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind. - Toni Morrison quote.
She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.
Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them. - Francesco Guicciardini quote.
Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.
The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. - Elbert Hubbard quote.
The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing ... not healing, not curing ... that is a friend who cares. - Henri Nouwen quote.
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing ... not healing, not curing ... that is a friend who cares.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings. - Henry David Thoreau quote.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
The real test of friendship is: can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?
The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. - Thomas Aquinas quote.
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Think where mans glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends. - W. B. Yeats quote.
Think where mans glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
True friends stab you in the front. - Oscar Wilde quote.
True friends stab you in the front.

betrayal

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.

interesting

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. - E. W. Howe quote.
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.
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. - Henri Nouwen quote.
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character. - W. Somerset Maugham quote.
When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.

character

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. quote.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.

appearances

Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of. - Sarah Orne Jewett quote.
Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of.
And say my glory was I had such friends. - W. B. Yeats quote.
And say my glory was I had such friends.

glory

True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
Don't let grass grow on the path of friendship.

Indian proverbs proverbs

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

Indian proverbs proverbs

A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. - Charles Darwin quote.
A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than oneself. - Confucius quote.
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than oneself.
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. - Kahlil Gibran quote.
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. - Kahlil Gibran quote.
Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance. - Rabindranath Tagore quote.
Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.
Old enemies and new friends can't harm you; new enemies and old friends can.

enemies

Never judge those you befriend and never befriend those you have to judge.

judging