Friendship Quotes

Most popular friendship quotes

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.


True friendship is a plant of slow growth.
My friends are my estate.
Friends share all things.
Friendship requires deeds.
Friends are born, not made.
Friendship's the wine of life.
Friendship is a sheltering tree.
The best mirror is a friend's eye.
— Scottish proverb


True friends stab you in the front.


In my friend, I find a second self.
Friendship and money: oil and water.
A friend to all is a friend to none.
Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
Friendship is Love without his wings!


A true Friend is the best Possession.
Friendship is the bread of the heart.
Have no friends not equal to yourself.
Proximity is nine-tenths of friendship.
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
We are advertis'd by our loving friends.
And say my glory was I had such friends.


Friends are God's apology for relations.
He that has many friends, has no friends.
Fortify yourself with a flock of friends!
An enemy slaughters, a friend distributes.
— African proverb

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A friend in need is a friend to be avoided.
Friendships multiply joys and divide grief.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.
It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
Friends are relatives you make for yourself.
A powerful friend becomes at powerful enemy.
— African proverb

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Friendships multiply joys and divide griefs.
To a friend's house, the road is never long.
Friendship has splendors that love knows not.
Friendship's a noble name, 'tis love refined.
Love demands infinitely less than friendship.


Love will enter cloaked in friendship's name.


I keep my friends as misers do their treasure.
A friend should bear his friend's infirmities.
Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!
A devoted friendship is never without anxiety.
Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.
Don't let grass grow on the path of friendship.

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Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
One does not make friends. One recognizes them.
Strangers are friends that you have yet to meet.


Never trust a friend who deserts you in a pinch.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
Life without a friend is death without a witness.
— Daisy & Daphne
One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.


Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.


The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
You can keep your friends by not giving them away.
A friend is a lot of things, but a critic he isn't.
Think of strangers as friends you have not met yet.


Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.
A friend is a man who has the same enemies you have.


I hate it in friends when they come too late to help.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
An intelligent enemy is better than an ignorant friend.
— African proverb

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It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.


My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.


What I cannot love, I overlook.  Is that real friendship?
A friend is someone who makes me feel totally acceptable.
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
A friend is someone you can do nothing with, and enjoy it.
— The Optimist Magazine
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

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A knot in the tree spoils the ax; famine spoils friendship.
— African proverb

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

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The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.
He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends.
God gives us relatives; thank God, we can choose our friends.
A single rose can be my garden ... a single friend, my world.
Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go.
There is an intimate laughter to be found only among friends.
Friendship often ends in love. But love in friendship; never.


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

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Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.
Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.
A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
Though friendship is not quick to burn,
It is explosive stuff.
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.


A home-made friend wears longer than one you buy in the market.
But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
No man is the whole of himself; his friends are the rest of him.
A friend: one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead.
— Chinese proverb

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Getting people to like you is only the other side of liking them.


We are so fond of one another, because our ailments are the same.


Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.
The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
In a better world we will find our young years and our old friends.


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


Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.
Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends.
Instead of loving your enemies - treat your friends a little better.
My friends are my estate. Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them!
Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.


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


Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than oneself.
In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.


The pleasures of youth pass away, but friendship will blossom forever.


There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
A friend is someone who can see through you and still enjoys the show.
— Farmers Almanac
We love those who know the worst of us and don't turn their faces away.

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


There are very few honest friends—the demand is not particularly great.
Thus much for thy assurance know;
a hollow friend is but a hellish foe.
Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk.

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A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.
True friendship is an identity of souls rarely to be found in this world.
Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

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One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
Never judge those you befriend and never befriend those you have to judge.


One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible.
The surest way to lose a friend is to tell him something for his own good.
There are three faithful friends, an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
Old enemies and new friends can't harm you; new enemies and old friends can.


A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
— Pioneer Girls Leaders’ Handbook
A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
The truth is friendship is to me every bit as sacred and eternal as marriage.
A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes.
We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.
The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships.
May God preserve me from the love of a friend who will never dare to rebuke me.
Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life.
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.  Before him I may think aloud.


In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
Friendship may well deserve the sacrifice of pleasure, though not of conscience.
The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.


Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
— John 15:13

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A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.


It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.
I have lost friends, some by death others by sheer inability to cross the street.
A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter: he that has found one has found a treasure.
— Apocrypha—Ecclesiasticus 6:14–16


Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.
Friendship needs no words—it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
Friends are the thermometer by which we may judge the temperature of our fortunes.
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
For friendship is an art, and very few persons are born with a natural gift for it.
'Tis great Confidence in a Friend to tell him your Faults, greater to tell him his.
A friend cannot be known in prosperity: and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.
— Ecclesiasticus 12:8

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Friendship is constant in all other things. Save in the office and affairs of love.
No man can be called friendless when he has God and the companionship of good books.

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Friends are the thermometers by which one may judge the temperature of our fortunes.
Friendship is constant in in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love.
Think where mans glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.


It is prudent to pour the oil of delicate politeness upon the machinery of friendship.
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.
Never explain—your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
To the query, "What is a friend?" his reply was, "A single soul dwelling in two bodies."
True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.


Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.
True friendship can afford true knowledge.  It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
Friendship loves a free air, and will not be penned up in straight and narrow enclosures.
The golden rule of friendship is to listen to others as you would have them listen to you.


True friendship is like phosphorescence—it glows best when the world around you goes dark.
Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.


I've been barbecued, stewed, screwed, tattooed, and fried by people claiming to be friends.
To a heart formed for friendship and affection the charms of solitude are very short-lived.


When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.


We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for our ability to amuse them.
The most deadly fruit is borne by the hatred which one grafts on an extinguished friendship.


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


Is it not strange that love, so fickle, is ranked above friendship, almost always so worthy?


How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.
Ultimately, the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or friendship, is conversation.

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


Seek friends who have beliefs and habits like thine own and in whom thou canst place thy trust.
A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure.
— Ecclesiasticus 6:14


Friendship, "the wine of life," should, like a well stocked cellar, be thus continually renewed.
The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life.
Perhaps what makes friendship and love exciting is the continuing discovery of another personality.


Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favour of the kings of the world.
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.


Friendship is a difficult, dangerous job.  It is also (though we rarely admit it) extremely exhausting.
Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.


Friendship is not linear.  It moves in all directions, teaching us about ourselves and about each other.
Your friend is your needs answered.  He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with.  Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.


I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.


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

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

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee.
It pays to know the enemy—not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.


Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
I always felt that the great high privilege, relief, and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.


The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.
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.
Friendship is often outgrown; and his former child's clothes will no more fit a man than some of his former friendships.
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.
It may be true that a touch of indifference is the safest foundation on which to build a lasting and delicate friendship.
There are friendships merely for pleasure, some for the exchange of ideas. Rarest are those friends of one's inmost self.
A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad.
Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.

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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.
Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack.  Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.

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I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Friendship is a virtue which comprehends all the rest; none being fit for this, who is not adorned with every other virtue.
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.
The chief rock upon which a lasting friendship rests is a strong mutual belief in the same general fallacies and falsehoods.
This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.


It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.
Friend! It is a common word, often lightly used. Like other good and beautiful things, it may be tarnished by careless handling.
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.


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.
It is important for our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.
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.
Nothing gives such a blow to friendship as the detecting another in an untruth.  It strikes at the root of our confidence ever after.
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.


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


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.
It is one of the major tragedies that nothing is more discomforting than the hearty affection of the Old Friends who never were friends.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship.  To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment is a secret which but few discover.
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?
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.
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.
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 is seldom lasting but between equals, or where the superiority on one side is reduced by some equivalent advantage on the other.
Illness is friendship's proving ground, the uncharted territory where one's actions may be the least sure-footed but also the most indelible.


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.


Friendship ... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
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.

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

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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.
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.
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 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?


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



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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.


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.


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.
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.


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.
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!


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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.

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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.


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.
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.


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.


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.


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.
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.
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.
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.


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.


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.
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.
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.