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Famous Friendship Quotations

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"It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship."
by Henry Ward Beecher
"A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy."
by Friedrich Nietzsche
"The endearing elegance of female friendship."
by Samuel Johnson
"The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover."
by Joseph Addison
"There is a scarcity of friendship, but not of friends."
by Thomas Fuller
"There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity."
by Samuel Johnson
"We should thank God that He did not give us the power of hearing through walls; otherwise there would be no such thing as friendship"
by Austin O'Malley
"Everyone wants to start the New Year's with a healthier attitude. A good friendship can boost your physical health and mental health, but a bad friendship can cause all sorts of emotional problems, resulting in anxiousness, depression and headaches."
by Marla Paul
"Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief."
by Joseph Addison
"Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy."
by William Hazlitt
"Love demands infinitely less than friendship."
by George Jean Nathan
"Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest for his feet."
by Anonymous
"Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other."
by Honore De Balzac
"Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life."
by George Herbert
"Secrecy is the chastity of friendship."
by Jeremy Taylor
"Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise."
by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship."
by Colette
"If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own."
by Charlotte Bronte
"Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life."
by James F. Byrnes
"Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long."
by Robert Lynd
"Friendship is one mind in two bodies."
by Mencius
"Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another; people are friends in spots."
by George Santayana
"Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship."
by Oscar Wilde
"Real friendship is shown in times of trouble prosperity is full of friends."
by Euripides
"Friendship often ends in love but love in friendship--never."
by Albert Camus
"Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce."
by Mark Twain
"Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others"
by Paul Aubuchon
"To cement a new friendship, especially between foreigners or persons of a different social world, a spark with which both were secretly charged must fly from person to person, and cut across the accidents of place and time."
by Cornelia Otis Skinner
"To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind."
by Paul Aubuchon
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."
by Friedrich Nietzsche
"Love is blind friendship closes its eyes."
by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
"Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one."
by Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire
"However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship."
by Francois de La Rochefoucauld
"True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable."
by Dave Tyson Gentry
"Sympathy constitutes friendship but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole."
by Miguel de Cervantes
"No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever."
by Francois Mauriac
"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."
by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
"Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual."
by C. C. Colton
"A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship."
by John D. Rockefeller Jr.
"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."
by Pam Brown
"A hedge between keeps friendship green."
by German Proverb
"A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair"
by Samuel Johnson
"A tree is known by its fruit a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."
by Saint Basil
"Adversity is the touchstone of friendship."
by French Proverb
"All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon sand."
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you."
by Samuel Johnson
"An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship."
by Danish proverb
"And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."
by Kahlil Gibran
"Aristotle uses a mother's love for her child as the prime example of love or friendship."
by Mortimer Adler
"At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry. (Les Miserables)"
by Victor Hugo
"Bad faith likes discourse on friendship and loyalty."
by Mason Cooley
"Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in, continue firm and constant."
by Derek Bethune
"Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in, continue firm and constant."
by Socrates
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."
by George Washington
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."
by George Washington
"Before the flowers of friendship faded friendship faded."
by Gertrude Stein
"But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold."
by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"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."
by Thomas Jefferson
"Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance."
by Rabindranath Tagore
"Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path."
by Abdul Baha
"Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone - but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming."
by William Hazlitt
"Don Corleone What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully If you'd come to me in friendship, then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you."
by Godfather, The
"Do you know what friendship is... it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand."
by Victor Hugo
"Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies they are ready enough to tell them."
by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become."
by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!"
by William Hazlitt
"False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports."
by Richard Burton
"Flattery looks like friendship, just like a wolf looks like a dog."
by Author Unknown
"For believe me, in this world which is ever slipping from under our feet, it is the prerogative of friendship to grow old with one's friends."
by Arthur S. Hardy
"For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God."
by Saint Teresa of Avila
"Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed."
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions."
by Samuel Johnson
"Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used."
by Elbert Hubbard
"Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."
by Eleanor Roosevelt
"Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never"
by Charles Caleb Colton
"Friendship often ends in love but love in friendship - never."
by Charles Caleb Colton
"Friendship multiplies the good in life and divides the evil."
by Baltasar Gracian
"Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship."
by Lord Byron
"Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it."
by Cicero
"Friendship is...the sort of love one can imagine between angels."
by Clive Staples Lewis
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art...It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival."
by C. S. Lewis
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... it has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival."
by C. S. Lewis
"Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together."
by Unknown
"Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words."
by George Eliot
"Friendship is the highest degree of perfection in society."
by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
"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 haven’t really learned anything."
by Mohammad Ali
"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."
by Muhammad Ali
"Friendship is the golden thread that ties the hearts of all hearts of all the world."
by John Evelyn
"Friendship is the allay of our sorrows, the ease of our passions, the discharge of our oppressions, the sanctuary to our calamities, the counselor of our doubts, the clarity of our minds."
by Jeremy Taylor
"Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life."
by Thomas Jefferson
"Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend."
by Charles Spurgeon
"Friendship is not possible between two women, one of whom is very well dressed."
by Laurie Colwin
"Friendship is not only doing something for someone, but it is caring for someone, which is what every person needs."
by C. Neil Strait
"Friendship is not necessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value rather it is one of those things that give value to survival."
by Clive Staples Lewis
"Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy. On the contrary, in friendship union is more about ideal things: and in that sense it is more ideal and less subject to trouble than marriage is."
by George Santayana
"Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy. On the contrary, in friendship union is more about ideal things and in that sense it is more ideal and less subject to trouble than marriage is."
by George Santayana
"Friendship: a building contract you sign with laughter and break with tears."
by Anonymous
"Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity."
by Charles Caleb Colton
"Friendship is neither a formality nor a mode it is rather a life."
by David Grayson


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