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32 Friendship Quotations

''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 The Spectator, March 17, 1911


''Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.''
- Aristotle Eudemian Ethics


''Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.''
- Aristotle


''You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.''
- Dale Carnegie


''The advice of friends must be received with a judicious reserve; we must not give ourselves up to it and follow it blindly, whether right or wrong.''
- Pierre Charron


''Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.''
- Marcus Tullius Cicero On Friendship


''The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.''
- Marcus Tullius Cicero De Amicitia


''It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.''
- Colette The Pure and the Impure


''In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.''
- John Churton Collins


''Have no friends not equal to yourself.''
- Confucius The Confucian Analects


''Never refuse any advance of friendship, for if nine out of ten bring you nothing, one alone may repay you.''
- Madame de Tencin


''The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.''
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


''My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia.''
- Dame Edna Everage


''Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.''
- 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. 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.''
- Oliver Wendell Jr. Holmes


''Never explain--your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.''
- Elbert Hubbard


''He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,
And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.''

- Ali ibn-Abi-Talib A Hundred Sayings


''The friendship that can cease has never been real.''
- Saint Jerome Letter


''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


''Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.''
- Thomas Jones


''Friends have all things in common.''
- Plato Dialogues, Phaedrus


''Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.''
- Czech Proverb


''When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.''
- Japanese Proverb


''Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy. And bring not all mischief you are able to upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend.''
- Saadi


''To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship.''
- Sallust The War with Catiline


''We are advertis'd by our loving friends.''
- William Shakespeare


''Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.''
- Socrates


''Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.''
- Publilius Syrus


''Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.''
- Publilius Syrus Maxims


''We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.''
- Thucydides Peloponnesian War


''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


''There was a definite process by which one made people into friends, and it involved talking to them and listening to them for hours at a time.''
- Rebecca West






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