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"We need each other, deeper than anyone ever dares to admit even to themselves. I think it is a genetic imperative that we huddle together and hold on to each other. There is no question in my mind that there is nothing else in life, really, than friendship."
-- Patch Adams

"The rain may be falling hard outside,
But your smile makes it all alright.
I'm so glad that you're my friend.
I know our friendship will never end."
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

Friends are one of the greatest treasures we have in life. We choose our friends and share ourselves with them in good times, bad times and through every day life.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein


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

"A faithful friend is the medicine of life."
-- Apocrypha

 

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

"Friendship is essentially a partnership."
-- Aristotle

"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies."
-- Aristotle

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
-- Aristotle

"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 (1537)

"There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends."
-- Hillaire Belloc

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe unto him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."
-- The Bible: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

"A friend loves at all times."
-- The Bible: Proverbs 17, 17.

"A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself."
-- James Boswell (1763)

"Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another."
-- Eustace Budgell (1711)

"Friendship is Love without his wings!"
-- Lord Byron (1806)

"Friendship makes prosperity more brilliant, and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it."
-- Cicero (44 B.C.)

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief
-- Marcus Tullius Cicero

"True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost"
-- Charles Caleb Colton (1825)

No one person can possibly combine all the elements supposed to make up what everyone means by friendship.
-- Francis Marion Crawford

A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.
-- Fr. Jerome Cummings

"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies."
-- Moshe Dayan

My friends are my estate.
-- Emily Dickinson

* ...to have a friend, and to be true under any and all trials, is the mark of a man!
-- Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa)

 

Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.
-- George Eliot

* "The only way to have a friend is to be one."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

"We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need."
-- Epicurus (3rd century B.C.)

"Friends show their love in times of trouble..."
-- Euripides (408 B.C.)

"One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives."
-- Euripides (408 B.C.)

A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.
-- St. Francis De Sales

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
-- Benjamin Franklin

"A good friend is my nearest relation."
-- Thomas Fuller (1732)

"My friend is he who will tell me my faults in private."
-- Solomon Ibn Gabirol

"It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business."
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

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

"Your friend is your needs answered."
-- Kahil Gibran

"Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit."
-- Kahil Gibran.

"Let your best be for your friend..."
-- Kahil Gibran

"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures."
-- Kahil Gibran

"Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil."
-- Baltasar Gracian (1647)

 

"Friendship needs no words..." -- Dag Hammarskjold

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

 

"Friends are the sunshine of life."
-- John Hay (1871)

Friendship reaches well above all currency.
-- Robert M. Hensel

"The best mirror is an old friend."
--George Herbert

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

"A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother."
-- Homer (9th century B.C.)

"Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you."
-- Elbert Hubbard

"Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure."
-- Jewish saying

"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."
-- Samuel Johnson

The friendship which is to be practised or expected by common mortals, must take its rise from mutual pleasure, and must end when the power ceases of delighting each other.
-- Samuel Johnson

The best preparedness is the one that disarms the hostility of other nations and makes friends of them.
-- Helen Keller

 

"However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship."
-- La Rochefoucauld (1665)

"A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care to acquire."
-- La Rochefoucauld (1665)

Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, "What? You too? I thought I was the only one." . . . . It is when two such person discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision - it is then that Friendship is born. And instantly they stand together in an immense solitude.
-- C.S. Lewis

* "I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends."
-- Abraham Lincoln

"I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, who has sight so keen and strong
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend."
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
-- Nelson Mandela

"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked."
-- Bernard Meltzer.

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."
-- Bernard Meltzer

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
-- Mencius

"Hold a true friend with both your hands."
-- Nigerian proverb

I cannot concentrate all my friendship on any single one of my friends because no one is complete enough in himself.
-- Anais Nin

"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 (1903-1977)

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 curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
-- Henri Nouwen

"Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love."
-- Charles Peguy

"There can be no Friendship where there is no Freedom."
-- William Penn

Friendship is the union of spirits, a marriage of hearts, and the bond thereof virtue
-- William Penn

 

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

"Peace is not made with friends. Peace is made with enemies."
--Yitzhak Rabin

Peace is achieved one person at a time, through a series of friendships.
--Fatma Reda

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

"Before we can make friends with anyone else, we must first make friends with ourselves."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

We have learned the simple truth, as Emerson said that the only way to have a friend is to be one. We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion or mistrust or with fear.
-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

"To like and dislike the same things, this is what makes a solid friendship."
-- Sallust (1st century B.C.)

Good friends must not always be together; It is the feeling of oneness when distant That proves a lasting friendship.
-- Susan P. Schultz

"One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession."
-- Sophocles (409 BC)

"No man is useless while he has a friend."
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

"A friend is a present you give yourself."
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred—that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt. . . . If we let our friend become cold and selfish and exacting without a remonstrance, we are no true lover, no true friend.
-- Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

"Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends whom we choose."
-- Tehyi Hsieh

"Peace starts with a smile"
-- Mother Teresa

* Every child deserves a chance at a life
filled with love, laughter, friends and family.
-- Marlo Thomas

Every child deserves a chance
at a life filled with love,
laughter, friends and family.
-- Marlo Thomas

* "Friends . . . They are kind to each other's hopes. They cherish each other's dreams."
-- Henry David Thoreau

"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with."
-- Mark Twain

"A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else."
-- Len Wein

"You cannot be friends upon any other terms than upon the terms of equality."
-- Woodrow Wilson

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
--Walter Winchell


For more Inspiring thoughts on friendship here are two books that you'll treasure like friends:
  • A BOOK OF FRIENDSHIP, by Dr. Rudolp Brasch (Angus & Robertson\HarperCollins, 1982).
    • This book is a wonderful celebration of friendship. It is filled with inspiring stories of friendship and sprinkled with uplifting quotes.
  • KINDRED SPIRITS: Meditations on Family and Friends, edited by Peg Streep, with paintings by Claudia Karabaic Sargent. (Viking Studio Books, 1995).
    • This is a beautifully illustrated book of quotations and literary passages that honor friendship. The selections are inspiring, and the accompanying illustrations are exquisitely breathtaking.

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