Friendship Quotes

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One friend in a life-time 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 (1838-1918) – The Education of Henry Adams, Ch. 20, 1907

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 (1672-1719) – Quoted in Hugs for Girlfriends by Philis Boultinghouse and LeAnn Weiss p7, but there appears to be no published sources for this statement prior to 2001.

True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self, and, in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) – The Spectator (1711-12), No. 15, March 17, 1711.

Great souls by instinct to each other turn,
Demand alliance, and in friendship burn;
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) – “The Campaign,” 1704, line 102.

One friend in a life-time 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 (1838-1918) – The Education of Henry Adams, Ch. 20, 1907

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 (1672-1719) – Quoted in Hugs for Girlfriends by Philis Boultinghouse and LeAnn Weiss p7, but there appears to be no published sources for this statement prior to 2001.

True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self, and, in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) – The Spectator (1711-12), No. 15, March 17, 1711.

Great souls by instinct to each other turn,
Demand alliance, and in friendship burn;
Joseph Addison (1672-1719) – “The Campaign,” 1704, line 102.

Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly, nor need we but love them devotedly to become members of an immortal fraternity, superior to accident or change.
A. Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) – Table-Talk, Roberts Brothers, Boston, 1877, p. 77.

People will forget what you said
People will forget what you did
But people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou – Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989) by Jeffrey M. Elliot

There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself – an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.
Antisthenes (445BC – 365BC) – Quoted in The Book of Ancient Wisdom, ed. Bill Bradfield, 2005

 

Some people weave burlap into the fabric of our lives, and some weave gold thread. Both contribute to make the picture beautiful and unique.
Anon
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Friendship is a plant which must be often watered.
Anon

When friendships are real, they are not glass threads, or frost work, but the solidest things we know. A friend is the first person who come in when the whole world has gone out.
Anonymous

A new friend is like new wine; when it has aged you will drink it with pleasure.
Apocrypha: Ecclesiasticus 9:10

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Quoted in Dictionary of Foreign Quotations, Collison, MacMillan Press, 1980, p. 132.

Man’s best friend is one who wishes well to the object of his wish for his sake, even if no one is to know of it.
Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) – Nicomachean Ethics Book IX Chapter 8, 325 B.C.

Between friends there is no need of justice.
Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) – Nicomachean Ethics (4th c. B.C.) 8.I, tr. Thompson

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) – Quoted in Diogenes Laeritus’s Lives and Opinions of eminent Philosophers (3rd C. A.D.) tr. R.D. Hicks

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) – Eudemian Ethics VII 1238a20

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) – Eudemian Ethics Book VIII, 1155.a5

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves; it is not my nature.
Jane Austen (1775-1817) – Northanger Abby, 1817-1819, Wild Jolt Press, 2009, p 22.

Much certainly of the happiness and purity of our lives depends on our making a wise choice of our companions and friends. If our friends are badly chosen they will inevitably drag us down; if well they will raise us up.
Lord Avebury (John Lubbock) {1834-1913) – Pleasures of the Life, “The Blessings of Friends,” MacMillan And Co, London, 1913, p. 57

Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
Richard Bach (1936 -) Illusions, The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, 1977, p49.

The best preservative to keep the mind in health is the faithful admonition of a friend.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) – Essays (1625) XXVII “Of Friendship”

But we may go further, and affirm most truly, that it is a mere and miserable solitude to want true friends; without which the world is but a wilderness.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) – Essays (1625) XXVII “Of Friendship”

For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) – Essays (1625) XXVII “Of Friendship”

A principal fruit of friendship, is the ease and discharge of the fullness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) – Essays (1625) XXVII “Of Friendship”

Friendship maketh daylight in the understanding, out of darkness and confusion of thoughts.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) – Essays (1625) XXVII “Of Friendship”

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from others lands, but a continent that joins to them.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) – Essays, “Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature,” (1597-1625)

Little minds need to practice despotism to relieve their nerves, just as great souls thirst for equality in friendship to exercise their hearts.
Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) – Pierrette (1840), translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley, Ch. IV: Pierrette.

The friendship between me and you I will not compare to a chain; for that the rains might rust, or the falling tree might break. We are the same as if one man’s body were to be divided into two parts; we are all one flesh and blood.
George Bancroft (1800-1891)-  Quoted in: Punch, Vol XII, London, 1847, “Penn Punch & The Smithfield Savages, p.  168.

Friendship is a crystal lake, sheltered from ruffling winds, wherein he who looks may see his better nature.
Christopher Bannister (?) – Quoted in The Wealth of Friendship, Wallice and Francis Rice Ed, Barse & Hopkins, NY, 1909, p145.

No friend’s a friend till [he shall] prove a friend.
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (1584-1616, 1579-1625) – Faithful Friends, Act III, Scene 3, line 50, 1608

Friendship cannot become permanent unless it becomes spiritual. There must be fellowship in the deepest things of the soul, community in the highest thoughts, sympathy with the best endeavors.
Hugh Black (1868-1953) – Quoted in The Wealth of Friendship, eds, Wright, Wakeley, Gunsaulus, Barse & Hopkins, NY, 1909, p.43

In the relationship of friends: “Each gives to the other, and each receives, and the fruit of the intercourse is more than either in himself possesses. Every individual relationship has contact with a universal. To reach out to the fuller life of love is a divine enchantment, because it leads to more than itself, and is the open door into the mystery of life.”
Hugh Black (1868-1953) –The Fruits of Friendship, Fleming H. Revel Co, NY, 1898, p10.

No friendship has done its work until it reaches the supremest satisfaction of spiritual communion.
Hugh Black (1868-1953)The Fruits of Friendship, Fleming H. Revel Co, NY, 1898, p19.

Friendship above all ties does bind the heart; And faith in friendship is the noblest part.
Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery (1621-1679)The History of Henry the Fifth, 1664

In the end there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.
Robert Brault – Blog: A Robert Brault Reader, “First Thoughts for 2013,” http://rbrault.blogspot.com/ with links to his quotes here: https://www.quotery.com/authors/robert-brault

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own; we must look at their truth to themselves, full as much as their truth to us.
Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)– Letter, July 21, 1851, published in The Life of Charlotte Bronte, ch 26.

If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friend.
Charlotte Brontë  (1816-1855) Jane Eyre, ch 8

I have loved my friends as I do virtue, my soul, my God.
Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) Religio Medici (1642), Part II, Section V

Now with my friend I desire not to share or participate, but to engross his sorrows, that, by making them mine own, I may more easily discuss them; for in mine own reason, and within myself, I can command that which I cannot entreat without myself, and within the circle of another.
Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)Religio Medici (1642), Part II, Section V

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)To My Daughters, With Love, “To You on Your First Birthday,” (1967)

Friendship is love without his wings.
Lord Byron (1788-1824) – L’Amitié est l’Amour sans Ailes. St. 1. reported in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

Don’t walk in front of me; I man not follow. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Albert Camus (1913-1960) – Quoted in Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing, 2006, p. 326.

For my own part, I would rather be in company with a dead man than with an absent one; for if the dead man gives me no pleasure, at least he shows me no contempt; whereas the absent one, silently indeed, but very plainly, tells me that he does not think me worth his attention.
Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)The Works of Lord Chesterfield, Including His Letters to His Son,  By Philip Dormer Stanhope Earl of ChesterfieldPhilip Stanhope · Harper and Brothers, 1838   p 276.

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Tully)(106-43 B.C.) – Quoted in A Homiletic Encyclopaedia of Illustrations in Theology and Morals, Funk & Wagnalls, 1888, p360.

Friendship is the only point in human affairs concerning the benefit of which all, with one voice, agree.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Tully)(106-43 B.C.)- De Amicitia – On Friendship (44 B.C.)

Friendship embraces innumerable ends; turn where you will it is ever at your side; no barrier shuts it out; it is never untimely and never in the way.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Tully)(106-43 B.C.) – De Amicitia – On Friendship (44 B.C.)

Friendship is nothing else than entire fellow feeling as to all things human and divine with mutual good-will and affection; and I doubt whether anything better than this, wisdom alone excepted, has been given to man.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Tully)(106-43 B.C.) – De Amicitia – On Friendship (44 B.C.) tr Andrew Peabody, 1887, The Ethical Writings of Cicero, Section 6.

Friendship at once enhances the luster of prosperity, and by dividing and sharing adversity lessens its burden.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Tully)(106-43 B.C.)– De Amicitia – On Friendship, VI (44 B.C.) tr Andrew Peabody, 1887, The Ethical Writings of Cicero

For he, indeed, who looks into the face of a friend beholds, as it were, a copy of himself.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Tully)(106-43 B.C.) -De Amicitia – On Friendship (44 B.C.), tr Andrew Peabody, 1887, The Ethical Writings of Cicero, Section 7

It is like taking the sun out of the world, to bereave human life of friendship.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Tully)(106-43 B.C.) -De Amicitia – On Friendship, XII (44 B.C.) tr Andrew Peabody, 1887, The Ethical Writings of Cicero, Section 13.

It is virtue itself that produces and sustains friendship, not without virtue can friendship by any possibility exist.
sine virtute amicitia esse ullo pacto potest.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Tully)(106-43 B.C.) -De Amicitia – On Friendship, VI (44 B.C.) tr Andrew Peabody, 1887, The Ethical Writings of Cicero, Section 6

A man’s best support is a very dear friend.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Tully)(106-43 B.C.) -De Amicitia – On Friendship, VI (44 B.C.) tr Andrew Peabody, 1887, The Ethical Writings of Cicero, Section xxiii

Friendship is not to be sought for its wages, but because its revenue consists entirely in the love which it implies.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Tully)(106-43 B.C.) -De Amicitia – On Friendship, VI (44 B.C.)

Non nobis solum nati sumus ortusque nostri partem patria vindicat, partem amici.
We are not born, we do not live for ourselves alone; our country, our friends, have a share in us.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Tully)(106-43 B.C.) -De Officiis, Book I, section 22(44 B.C.)

It is not easy to distinguish between true and false affection, unless there occur one of those crises in which, as gold is tried by fire, so a faithful friendship may be tested by danger.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (Tully)(106-43 B.C.) – Letters, Ad Familares, IX., 16, 2.

Friendship is a sheltering tree.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge Youth and Age, st. 2 (1823-1832).

I would not enter on my list of friends
(Though graced with polished manners and fine sense,
Yet wanting sensibility) the man
Who needlessly sets foot upon a worm.
William Cowper (1731-1800)The Task, A Poem in Six Books, 1785

 

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