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

Your friendship is your needs answered. Danish Proverb

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. Pam Brown

The strongest marriage is between two who seek the same God, the strongest friendship between two who flee the same devil. ~Robert Brault

Friendship should be a private pleasure, not a public boast. I loathe those braggarts who are forever trying to invest themselves with importance by calling important people by their first names in or out of print. Such first-naming for effect makes me cringe. John Mason Brown

To like and dislike the same things, this is what makes a solid friendship. Sallust

In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want. Irish Toast

It is not what you give your friend, but what you are willing to give him that determines the quality of friendship. Mary Dixon Thayer

Friendship is constant in all other things, Save in the office and affairs of love. William Shakespeare

True friendship is never serene. Marie De Rabutin-Chantal

Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life. Jean De La Fontaine

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. Samuel Butler

Some friends play at friendship, but a true friend sticks closer than one's nearest kin. [Proverbs 18:24] Bible

The miracle of friendship can be spoken without words... hearing unspoken needs, recognizing secret dreams, understanding the silent things that only true friend know. Anonymous

Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another? Thomas Jefferson

Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected. Charles Lamb

What do we ask of friendship except to be taken for what we pretend to be — and without having to pretend. ~Robert Brault

Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Socrates

The wise man does not permit himself to set up even in his own mind any comparisons of his friends. His friendship is capable of going to extremes with many people, evoked as it is by many qualities. Charles Dudley Warner

Among Life's precious jewels, Genuine and rare, The one that we call friendship Has worth beyond compare. Anonymous

The sacrifices of friendship were beautiful in her eyes as long as she was not asked to make them. Hector Hugh Munro

The best rule of friendship is to keep your heart a little softer than your head. ~Author Unknown

A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. Charles Darwin

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives. Dumas The Younger

Learn to reject friendship, or rather the dream of friendship. To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art, or life (like aesthetic joys). I must refuse it in order to be worthy to receive it. Simone Weil

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

The gift of friendship... a willingness to listen... a pair of helping hands... a whisper from the heart. That someone cares and understands. Anonymous

Friendship is Love with jewels on, but without either flowers or veil. ~Augustus William Hare

Friendship should be a responsibility, never an opportunity. Anonymous

Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones. Charles De Montesquieu

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world. ~Thomas A. Edison

Friendship is a living thing that lasts only as long as it is nourished with kindness, empathy and understanding. Anonymous

Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship. ~Dorothy Parker

Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off. St. Francis De Sales

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

Friendship is like a bank account. You can't continue to draw on it without making deposits. Anonymous

Friendship is a priceless treasure never to be bought or sold -- it can only be cherished. Anonymous

Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved. Joseph Addison

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. ~William Hazlitt

Hopes are planted in friendship's garden where dreams blossom into priceless treasures. Anonymous

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. ~William Blake

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

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

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

However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship. Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Every deed and every relationship is surrounded by an atmosphere of silence. Friendship needs no words -- it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. Dag Hammarskjold

To each one of us friendship has a different meaning. For all of us it is a gift. Friendship needs to be cherished and nurtured. It needs to be cultivated on a daily basis. Then shall it germinate and yield its fruit. Anonymous

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone; one should keep his friendships in constant repair. Samuel Johnson

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves. Oliver Goldsmith

The only way not to break a friendship is not to drop it. Julie Holz

Friendship is to have the latchkey of another's mind. Edgar Godospeed

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships. Francis Bacon

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

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. Sydney Smith

I am already kindly disposed towards you. My friendship it is not in my power to give: this is a gift which no man can make, it is not in our own power: a sound and healthy friendship is the growth of time and circumstance, it will spring up and thrive. William Wordsworth

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

It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not. Mignon McLaughlin

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 Bronte

The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out. William Hazlitt

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. ~Khalil Gibran

What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk. Marcus T. Cicero

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. Sir Richard Burton

Friendship should be more than biting time can sever. T. S. Eliot

Yes, we must ever be friends; and of all who offer you friendship Let me be ever the first, the truest, the nearest and dearest! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. Kahlil Gibran

Friendship is Love without his wings! Lord Byron

As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity. Ovid

Broken friendships can be soldered, but never sound. Proverb

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer. Jean De La Fontaine

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 the weary pilgrimage. Samuel Johnson

But just as delicate fare does not stop you from craving for saveloys, so tried and exquisite friendship does not take away your taste for something new and dubious. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy. Anita Brookner

It may be a cold, clammy thing to say, but those that treat friendship the same as any other selfishness seem to get the most out of it. Edgar Watson Howe

Friendship can only exist between persons with similar interests and points of view. Man and woman by the conventions of society are born with different interests and different points of view. J. August Strindberg

The tender friendships one gives up, on parting, leave their bite on the heart, but also a curious feeling of a treasure somewhere buried. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Of all things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship. Epicurus

He whose hand is clasped in friendship cannot throw mud. Anonymous

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

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. ~Somerset Maugham

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

When friendship disappears then there is a space left open to that awful loneliness of the outside world which is like the cold space between the planets. It is an air in which men perish utterly. Hilaire Belloc

Friendship is like vitamins, we supplement each other's minimum daily requirements. Anonymous

All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand. Ella Wheeler Wilcox

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love. William Hazlitt

True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance. Henry David Thoreau

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. Woodrow T. Wilson

The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words. Buddha

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

Love demands infinitely less than friendship. George Jean Nathan

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love. Hubert H. Humphrey

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

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. Baltasar Gracian

Life is nothing without friendship. Marcus T. Cicero

That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end. Francis Quarles

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

It’s important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to the friendship that we are not. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its grieves and anxieties. Marcus T. Cicero

Many a time from a bad beginning great friendships have sprung up. Terence

He who has not the weakness of friendship has not the strength. Joseph Joubert

Friendship is a comforting smile, A familiar voice that warms the heart, and the freedom to be the person God intended. Anonymous

Your friendship is a glowing ember through the year; and each December from its warm and living spark we kindle flame against the dark and with its shining radiance light our tree of faith on Christmas night. Thelma J. Lund

The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two. Anne Sophie Swetchine

Friendship is essentially a partnership. Aristotle

There is a scarcity of friendship, but not of friends. Thomas Fuller

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. Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. Anonymous

Two friendships in two breasts requires The same aversions and desires. Jonathan Swift

Friendship is genuine when two friends can enjoy each others company without speaking a word to one another. George Ebers

An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship. Spanish Proverb

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity. Charles Caleb Colton

Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them. William Hazlitt

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing. ~Katherine Mansfield

Friendships are fragile things and require as much care in handling as any other fragile and precious thing. Randolph S. Bourne

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

There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures. William Penn

Friendship reaches well above all currency. Robert M. Hensel

True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks. St. Jerome

Friendships that have stood the test of time and chance are surely best, Brows may wrinkle, hair grow gray, Friendship never knows decay. Anonymous

Friendship is love with understanding. Anonymous

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. Henry Brooks Adams

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. ~Mencius

Friendship is to be purchased only by friendship. A man may have authority over others, but he can never have their hearts but by giving his own. Thomas Wilson

Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures. William Wycherley

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

Friendship isn’t a big thing — it’s a million little things. ~Author Unknown

But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

The friendship that can cease has never been real. St. Jerome

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

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief. Joseph Addison

The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship always benefits; love sometimes injures. Seneca

A Friendship that's sincere are true. Gives joy like nothing else will do; That's why glad hearts look up and send A prayer of thanks for faithful friends. Anonymous

The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another’s little lapses. ~David Storey

That is what friendship means. Sharing the prejudice of experience. Charles Bukowski

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other. Honore De Balzac

Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another. Eustace Budgell

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. Charles Haddon Spurgeon

True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. David Tyson Gentry

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. Friedrich Nietzsche

I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship. Pietro Aretino

The gift of friendship is a wondrous thing with the joys and happiness good friends bring. Anonymous

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine. Thomas Jefferson

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit. Aristotle

Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports. Kenneth Branagh

The world is round so that friendship may encircle it. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

Friendship is a sheltering tree. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage -- but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends. Samuel Butler

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

Precious gifts of friendship... knowing the heart of another, sharing one's heart with another. Anonymous

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. Henry David Thoreau

It can never be bought or borrowed or sold A gift to be cherished, True friendship is a treasure beyond compare. Anonymous

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

Many merry Christmases, friendships, great accumulation of cheerful recollections, affection on earth, and Heaven at last for all of us. Charles Dickens

There is magic in long-distance friendships. They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyond being physically together and is often more profound. ~Diana Cortes

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. St. Thomas Aquinas

Friendship is a precious gift. To give at Christmas time. A Cherished gift, a treasured gift that lasts through all time. Anonymous

Every man passes his life in the search after friendship. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The real test of friendship is: Can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy together those moments of life that are utterly simple? They are the moments people looks back on at the end of life and number as their most sacred experiences. Eugene Kennedy

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 kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over. James Boswell

Friendship's the privilege of private men; for wretched greatness knows no blessing so substantial. Nahum Tate

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. George Washington

Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can't have too many friends because then you're just not really friends. Truman Capote

There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship. ~Author Unknown

The most fatal disease of friendship is gradual decay, or dislike hourly increased by causes too slender for complaint, and too numerous for removal. Samuel Johnson

Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness. Lois L. Kaufman

The endearing elegance of female friendship. Samuel Johnson

Friendship is a horizon -- which expands whenever we approach it. E.R. Hazlip

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

One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship. Oscar Wilde

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

Friendship needs no words — it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. ~Dag Hammarskjold

Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long. Robert Lynd

If I had to sum up friendship in one word, it would be Comfort. ~Terri Guillemets


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