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


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


I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.

Oscar Wilde

If you have one true friend you have more than your share.

Dr. Thomas Fuller

Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.

Dr. Thomas Fuller

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

Dr. Thomas Fuller

May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.

Irish Proverb

I get by with a little help from my friends.

John Lennon

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

If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back.

Lois McMaster Bujold

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

I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State; and as for the man who sets private friendship above the public welfare - I have no use for him either.


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 Holmes

I can trust my friends These people force me to examine myself, encourage me to grow.

M. C. Escher

We are advertis'd by our loving friends.

William Shakespeare

What a great favor God does to those He places in the company of good people!

Saint Teresa Of Avila

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.


You can always tell a real friend; when you've made a fool of yourself, he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.

Laurence Sterne

To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship.


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

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.


The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.

Hubert H. Humphrey

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.


A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.

Arnold H. Glasgow

Have no friends not equal to yourself.


We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.


You never really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks.

Eskimo Proverb

The only thing that lasts longer than a friend's love is the stupidity that keeps us from knowing any better.

Randy K. Milholland

The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him.

Cyril Connolly

Adversity does teach who your real friends are.

Lois McMaster Bujold

It's a lot like nature. You only have as many animals as the ecosystem can support and you only have as many friends as you can tolerate the bitching of.

Randy K. Milholland

Sometimes the measure of friendship isn't your ability to not harm but your capacity to forgive the things done to you and ask forgiveness for your own mistakes.

Randy K. Milholland

So long as we love, we serve; 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 good friend of my son's is a son to me.

Lois McMaster Bujold

A true friend laughs at your stories even when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your troubles even when they're not so bad.

German Proverb

It isn't kind to cultivate a friendship just so one will have an audience.

Lawana Blackwell

Being friendless taught me how to be a friend. Funny how that works.

Colleen Wainwright

You do not know how much they mean to me, my friends, and how, how rare and strange it is, to find in a life composed so much of odds and ends… to find a friend who has these qualities, who has, and gives those qualities upon which friendship lives. How much it means that I say this to you -without these friendships - life, what cauchemar!

T.s. Eliot

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.

Publilius Syrus

The friendship that can cease has never been real.

Saint Jerome

Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.


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

In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.

John Churton Collins

The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.


Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time.

Georgia O'Keeffe

There are no friends in wartime.

Frank Burns

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

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.


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

Franklin P. Jones

When someone allows you to bear his burdens, you have found deep friendship.

Real Live Preacher

The best advisers, helpers and friends, always are not those who tell us how to act in special cases, but who give us, out of themselves, the ardent spirit and desire to act right, and leave us then, even through many blunders, to find out what our own form of right action is.

Phillip Brooks

Time draweth wrinkles in a fair face, but addeth fresh colors to a fast friend, which neither heat, nor cold, nor misery, nor place, nor destiny, can alter or diminish.

John Lyly

If I were to marry again tomorrow, I wouldtn't give up one friend. I'd take them all with me as a sort of dowry and tell my new husband that he was getting a rich wife.

Merle Shain

You can forget a lot of things, but you cannot forget a woman's name and claim to love her.

Real Live Preacher

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

How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.

William Rotsler

Why one man rather than another? It was odd. You find yourself involved with a fellow for life just because he was the one that you met when you were nineteen.

Simone de Beauvoir

Everybody need a partner to stand right by their sideNot only down for the good timesBut also down through the bad times.

Will Smith

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

Madame de Tencin

You can make a new friend but you can't make an old one.

Tom Bodett

Who is the bravest hero? He who turns his enemy into a friend.

Hebrew Proverb

No enemy is so annoying as one who was a friend, or still is a friend, and there are many more of these than one would suspect.

William Saroyan

Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren't bad people; they're just acquaintances.

Jay Leno

To the house of a friend if you're pleased to retire, You must all things admit, you must all things admire; You must pay with observance the price of your treat, You must eat what is praised, and must praise what you eat.

George Crabbe

Time should make enemies and Life should make friends.

Henry R. Luce

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

A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.

Arthur Brisbane

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.

William Somerset Maugham

I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.

Walt Whitman

A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.

Wilfred A. Peterson

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

We should thank God that He did not give us the power of hearing through walls; otherwise there would be no such thing as friendship.

Austin O'Malley

All people want is someone to listen.

Hugh Elliott

Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.

Jesse Owens

So far as it depends on the course of this government, our relations of good will and friendship will be sedulously cultivated with all nations.

John Tyler

That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.

Aphra Behn

Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.

Thomas Jones

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 differences between friends cannot but reinforce their friendship.

Mao Tse tung

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.

Czech Proverb

The Framers [of the Constitution] knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.

Hugo Black

We know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits.

William Somerset Maugham

What is Friendship when complete?'Tis to share all joy and grief; 'Tis to lend all due relief From the tongue, the heart, the hand; 'Tis to mortgage house and land; For a friend be sold a slave; 'Tis to die upon a grave, If a friend therein do lie.

Anne Finch

A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, big or small, young or old. He doesn't care if you're not smart, not popular, not a good joke-teller, not the best athlete, nor the best-looking person. To your dog, you are the greatest, the smartest, the nicest human being who was ever born. You are his friend and protector.

Louis Sabin

A man with few friends is only half-developed; there are whole sides of his nature which are locked up and have never been expressed. He cannot unlock them himself, he cannot even discover them; friends alone can stimulate him and open him.

Randolph Bourne

Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.

Augustine Birrell

The more arguments you win, the less friends you will have.

African American Proverb

From here it sounds great to say we'll all get together soon, but all I know is this: you can call me fifty days or fifty years from now and I'll be glad to see you.

Richard Hooker

The rare few, who, early in life have rid themselves of the friendship of the many.

James Whistler

Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.

Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun.

Charles R. Swindoll

It's the friends you can call up at four a.m. that matter.

Marlene Dietrich

Friendship is the gift that goes on giving and is a gift to both the person given to and to the giver as well. But to really make it work it isn't enough to give to another person, you have also to let them give to you.

Merle Shain

Turns out not where but who you're with that really matters.

Dave Matthews Band

To have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.


Friends made fast seldom remain fast.

Austin O'Malley

There isn't much better in this life than finding a way to spend a few hours in conversation with people you respect and love. You have to carve this time out of your life because you aren't really living without it.

Real Live Preacher

It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.

Jean de La Fontaine

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

St. Thomas Aquinas

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

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I've learned that all a person has in life is family and friends. If you lose those, you have nothing, so friends are to be treasured more than anything else in the world.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone

If you want to see what your friends and family think of you, die broke, and see who comes to your funeral.

Gregory Nunn

Friendships, like marriages, are dependent on avoiding the unforgivable.

John D. Macdonald

The glory of friendship is not the outstreched 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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.

Jane Austen

One man with 100 loyal friends is a lot stronger than one man with 1000 dead enemies, but only the former knows it, and only the latter cares.

Gregory Wallace Campbell

Friends are made only to be broken....it seems.

Jessica Bascom

Secret forces are bringing compatible spirits together. If the man permits himself to be led by this ineffable attraction, good fortune will come his way. When deep friendships exist, formalities and elaborate preparations are not necessary.

I Ching

Friends are the greatest labor and the greatest reward.

Jason Zebehazy

A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.

William Penn

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

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island..to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.

Baltasar Gracian

Friends are like fiddle strings; they must not be screwed too tight.

H. G. Bohn

I don't see why I can't have friends of both sexes without wild rumors being circulated. It's crazy.

Leonardo Dicaprio

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.

Rod Mckuen

She is such a good friend that she would throw all her acquaintances into the water for the pleasure of fishing them out again.

Charles M. De Talleyrand

Hey, Dennis, this is Mike! Kick me, please! I'll settle for the price of a set of golf clubs.

Mike Royko

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

Japanese Proverb

To find a friend, one must close one eye; to keep him, two.

George Norman Douglas

Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men.

George Santayana

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

David Gayson

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

The holy passion of Friendship is 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

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

People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.


I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.


Friends have all things in common.


If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature.

John Burroughs

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

William Blake

People can only live fully by helping others to live. When you give life to friends you truly live. Cultures can only realize their further richness by honoring other traditions. And only by respecting natural life can humanity continue to exist.

Daisaku Ikeda

Sincere friendship towards God, in all who believe him to be properly an intelligent, willing being, does most apparently, directly, and strongly incline to prayer; and it no less disposes the heart strongly to desire to have our infinitely glorious and gracious Friend expressing his mind to us by his word, that we may know it.

Jonathan Edwards

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

Louisa May Alcott

Choose an author as you choose a friend.

Sir Arthur Helps

You can gain more friends by being yourself than you can by putting up a front. You can gain more friends by building people up than you can by tearing them down. And you can gain more friends by taking a few minutes from each day to do something kind for someone, whether it be a friend or a complete stranger. What a difference one person can make!

Sasha Azevedo

Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.

Georgia O'Keeffe

I would rather have five energetic and competent enemies than one fool friend.

Edward G. Bulwer lytton

Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.

Elbert Hubbard

In order to have friends, you must first be one.

Elbert Hubbard

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.

Elie Wiesel

Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship; and it is by far the best ending for one.

Oscar Wilde

For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.

Saint Teresa Of Avila

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.

Sir Francis Bacon

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

Charlotte Bronte

A hedge between keeps friendship green.

German Proverb

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

C. S. Lewis

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

C. S. Lewis

To the soul, there is hardly anything more healing than friendship.

Thomas Moore

All lasting business is built on friendship.

Alfred A. Montapert

My films are always concerned with family, friendship, honor, and patriotism.

John Wooden

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

Indian Proverb

The club's long gone but the friendship goes on.

Jim Davis

It always kind of symbolized our friendship.

William Brennan

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

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We're playing for the P.G.A. tomorrow, so friendship is aside. But it'll be a good day.

Davis Love Iii

I miss his loyalty, his friendship. He would help anyone that he could, and I miss his computer skills.

Roy Hutcherson

Love is a friendship set to music.

Joseph Campbell

One sure way to lose another woman's friendship is to try to improve her flower arrangements.

Marcelene Cox

No love, no friendship Can cross the path of our destiny Without leaving some mark on it forever.

Francois Mauriac

Adversity is the touchstone of friendship.

French Proverb

Nobody ever chooses the already unfortunate as objects of his loyal friendship.


He has never misled me in business dealings or in our friendship.

Chris Bowers

(It would be) like a friendship and community room.

Gloria Shull

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

Robert Lynd

Friendship is mutual blackmail elevated to the level of love.

Robin Morgan

It is a tribute to her reign and the ongoing friendship between our two nations.

Howard Rubenstein

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

Francis Quarles

But I did feel a friendship with him.

Bobby Allison

They end up building a relationship with the patients, and it becomes more of a friendship and a companionship and then you find that they give a bit more.

Sarah Santana

It was just a friendship.

Mark Griffin

Love and friendship exclude each other.

Jean De La Bruyere

I am foreseeing good friendship between the two countries in the near future.

Natwar Singh

We are concerned, ... The acts of these two soldiers should not overshadow the years of cooperation and friendship we have shown to the Afghans.

Jim Yonts

The friendship was over.

Mary Lee

The most deadly fruit is borne by the hatred which one grafts on an extinguished friendship.

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.

St. Thomas Aquinas

It's very much about friendship, and that's what we wanted it to be, ... There didn't need to be another fashion doll.

Maxine Clark

We are proud of their friendship and success, and of having such distinguished fans.

Giacinto Facchetti

Our friendship was for a common cause- secularism.

Jaipal Reddy

This happens, and my God, I've never seen a case of hard feelings. I bet this would deepen their friendship.

Katharine Armstrong

He was such a fighter. Even though I wouldn't see him for months, it didn't really matter. It was a friendship that will last forever.

Tom Currence

Having someone close within the family structure and friendship structure that they can look up to can make a difference.

Rick Cohen

Love comes from blindness; friendship from knowledge.

Comte Debussy rabutin

It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat. It is a philosophical animal...one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.

Theophile Gautier

Most important in a friendship? Tolerance and loyalty.

Joanne Kathleen Rowling

Although it didn't help our friendship, it helped my friend.

Natalie Franklin

Love develops through friendship.

Helen Araromi

The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.

Teilhard De Chardin

Several tribal groups shared beautiful dances of friendship, which brought the crowds to their feet.

Robert Free Galvan

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

Charles Lamb

Though friendship is not quick to burn,It is explosive stuff.

May Sarton

Friendship lives on its income, love devours its capital.


I think that we'll be ready for (Friendship). Especially coming off a loss like this.

Luke Poore

I think we enjoy the camaraderie as much as anything. It's just about getting out, getting exercise and enjoying the friendship.

Chuck Newman

The friendship is more important than the coaching, and we approach things in that aspect.

Mark Franke

Without your gesture, it would have been impossible. Without your friendship, it would have been impossible.

Tony Jacklin

The movie is about friendship and humor.

Laura Gremelsbacker

This trip is about friendship, being in the hills with good friends and focusing on everyone's goals and aspirations.

Alex Lowe