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The holy passion of friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring in nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.

MARK TWAIN, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

What a thing friendship is, world without end!

ROBERT BROWNING, The Flight of the Duchess

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 appellation.


To ensure that the self doesn't shrink, to see that it holds on to its volume, memories have to be watered like potted flowers, and the watering calls for regular contact with the witnesses of the past, that is to say, with friends.


If you can survive 11 days in cramped quarters with a friend and come out laughing, your friendship is the real deal.

OPRAH WINFREY, O Magazine, Aug. 2006

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

While friendship itself has an air of eternity about it, seeming to transcend all natural limits, there is hardly any emotion so utterly at the mercy of time. We form friendships, and grow out of them. It might almost be said that we cannot retain the faculty of friendship unless we are continually making new friends.

ROBERT HUGH BENSON, The Friendship of Christ

Associate with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Incredible Quotations

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.

AUGUST STRINDBERG, The Son of a Servant

Have no friends not equal to yourself.

CONFUCIUS, The Wisdom of Confucius

[It] is the juvenal period of life when friendships are formed, and habits established, that will stick by one.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Alexander Hamilton, Sep. 1, 1796

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Letters of friendship require no study.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Major-General Knox, Jan. 5, 1785

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

KATHERINE MANSFIELD, O Magazine, Aug. 2006

"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Friendship: A Book of Quotations

Friendship is Love without his wings!

LORD BYRON, Hours of Idleness

The company of just and righteous men is better than wealth and a rich estate.

EURIPIDES, Aegeus [fragment]

Fate chooses our relatives, we choose our friends.

JACQUES DELILLE, Malheur at Pitié (Canto I)

Even the utmost good-will and harmony and practical kindness are not sufficient for Friendship, for Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody. We do not wish for Friends to feed and clothe our bodies--neighbors are kind enough for that--but to do the like office to our spirits.


I get by with a little help from my friends.

THE BEATLES, With a Little Help from My Friends

Nothing changes your opinion of a friend so surely as success — yours or his.

FRANKLIN P. JONES, Saturday Evening Post, November 29, 1953

Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
And say my glory was I had such friends.

WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS, The Municipal Gallery Re-Visited

Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.

RICHARD BACH, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.


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, Out of Solitude

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Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

BIBLE, John 15:13

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.

ANAIS NIN, diary entry, March 1937

Every expression of desired friendship has potential bite. Every smile reveals the teeth.


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.

RAY BRADBURY, Fahrenheit 451

Friendship, I have said, is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself..."

C. S. LEWIS, The Four Loves

Friendship's eye is often blind.


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