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And we find at the end of a perfect day, The soul of a friend we've made.
Love is like the wild-rose briar; Friendship is like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose briar blooms, But which will bloom most constantly?
Life without a friend is death without a witness.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower, that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known that immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language holds its peace in impotence.
The great difference between voyages rests not in ships but in the people you meet on them.
Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.
It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.
Friendship is the bread of the heart.
There is no hope or joy except in human relations.
I feel the need of relations and friendship, of affection, of friendly intercourse. ... I cannot miss these things without feeling, as does any other intelligent man, a void and a deep need.
Your wealth is where your friends are.
Today a man discovered gold and fame, Another flew the stormy seas; Another set an unarmed world aflame, One found the germ of a disease. But what high fates my path attend for I-today-I found a friend.
Though Love be deeper, Friendship is more wide.
That is the best-to laugh with someone because you think the same things are funny.
Can you understand how cruelly I feel the lack of friends who will believe in me a bit?
To have a good friend is one of the highest delights of life; to be a good friend is one of the noblest and most difficult undertakings.
The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bull pen.
There is no wilderness like a life without friends; friendship multiplies blessings and minimizes misfortunes; it is a unique remedy against adversity, and it soothes the soul.
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Man's best support is a very dear friend.
A cheer, then, for the noblest breast That fears not danger's post; And like the lifeboat, proves a friend, When friends are wanted most.
I know what things are good: friendship and work and conversation.
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
No medicine is more valuable, none more efficacious, none better suited to the cure of all our temporal ills than a friend to whom we may turn for consolation in time of trouble, and with whom we may share our happiness in time of joy.
My only sketch, profile, of heaven is a large blue sky, and larger than the biggest I have seen in June-and in it are my friends-every one of them.
If I don't have friends, then I ain't nothing.
Brotherhood is the very price and condition of man's survival.
One thing everybody in the world wants and needs is friendliness.
A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
We take care of our health, we lay up money, we make our roof tight and our clothing sufficient, but who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting in the best property of all-friends.
There is no physician like a true friend.
There is nothing meritorious but virtue and friendship.
The bird, a nest; the spider, a web; man, friendship.
True happiness ... 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.
It was such a joy to see thee. I wish I could tell how much thee is to my life. I always turn to thee as a sort of rest.
Today a man discovered gold and fame, Another flew the stormy seas; Another set an unarmed world aflame, One found the germ of a disease. But what high fates my path attend: For I-today-I found a friend.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter.
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants and to supplement their failing power of action; to those in the prime of life, to assist them to noble deeds.
Friendship is the allay of our sorrows, the ease of our passions, the discharge of our oppression, the sanctuary of our calamities, the counselor of our doubts, the clarity of our minds, the emission of our thoughts, the exercise and improvement of what we dedicate.
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
There's nothing worth the wear of winning but laughter, and the love of friends.
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.
The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef, love, like being enlivened with champagne.
One is taught by experience to put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are.
Oh Dear! How unfortunate I am not to have anyone to weep with!
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends.
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.
Tis the human touch in the world that counts-the touch of your hand and mine-Which means far more to the sinking heart than shelter or bread or wine For shelter is gone when the night is o'er, and bread lasts only a day But the touch of the hand and the sound of the voice Live on in the soul always.
Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
Friends are the sunshine of life.
My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation.
The support of one's personality is friends. A part of one's self and a real foundation and existence.
No greater burden can be born by an individual than to know none who cares or understands.
My life seems to have become suddenly hollow, and I do not know what is hanging over me. I cannot even put the shadow that has fallen on me into words. At least into written words. I would give a great deal for a friend's voice.
A true friend is the best possession.
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
Friends Make Life Bearable But I have certainty enough, For I am sure of you.
Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!
Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness.
Our happiness in this world depends on the affections we are able to inspire.
Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
The family. We are a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
You hear a lot of dialogue on the death of the American family. Families aren't dying. They're merging into big conglomerates.
If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.
I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life. It's a cliche and we use it too much but I think for a husband and wife, the way to stay close is to do things together and share.
Jimmy and I were always partners.
He [Winston Churchill] has a future and I have a past, so we should be all right.
Parents are friends that life gives us; friends are parents that the heart chooses.
[My father] was generous with his affection, given to great, awkward, engulfing hugs, and I can remember so clearly the smell of his hugs, all starched shirt, tobacco, Old Spice, and Cutty Sark. Sometimes I think I've never been properly hugged since.
Both within the family and without, our sisters hold up our mirrors: our images of who we are and of who we can dare to become.
Sisters define their rivalry in terms of competition for the gold cup of parental love. It is never perceived as a cup which runneth over, rather a finite vessel from which the more one sister drinks, the less is left over for the others.
The desire to be and have a sister is a primitive and profound one that may have everything or nothing to do with the family a woman is born to. It is a desire to know and be known by someone who shares blood and body, history and dreams.
Where there is lasting love, there is a family.
Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of sisters?
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.
[Families] are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.
The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come.
Families will not be broken. Curse and expel them, send their children wandering, drown them in floods and fires, and old women will make songs of all these sorrows and sit in the porches and sing them on mild evenings.
The family is the building block for whatever solidarity there is in society.
Who ran to help me when I fell And would some pretty story tell Or kiss the place to make it well? My mother.
All love that has not friendship for its base, Is like a mansion built upon the sand.
One can find traces of every life in each life.
Friendship is an art, and very few persons are born with a natural gift for it.
The art of friendship has been little cultivated in our society.
We flatter those we scarcely know, We please the fleeting guest, And deal full many a thoughtless blow To those who love us best.
Good friendships are fragile things and require as much care as any other fragile and precious thing.
Remember that you are all people and that all people are you.
Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendships and intimacies ... and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to "keep" by force of mere inertia.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Friendships, like marriages, are dependent on avoiding the unforgivable.
Beware of the danger signals that flag problems: silence, secretiveness, or sudden outburst.
To accept a favor from a friend is to confer one.
There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first... when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of getting out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.
Don't ask of your friends what you yourself can do.
Half the secret of getting along with people is consideration of their values; the other half is tolerance in one's own views.
A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
Confidence is the foundation of friendship. If we give it, we will receive it.
There is 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.
Actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.
Any man will usually get from other men what he is expecting from them. If he is looking for friendship, he will likely receive it. If his attitude is that of indifference, it will beget indifference. And if a man is looking for a fight, he will in all likelihood be accommodated in that.
There is nothing we like to see so much as the gleam of pleasure in a person's eye when he feels that we have sympathized with him, understood him, interested ourself in his welfare. At these moments something fine and spiritual passes between two friends. These moments are the moments worth living.
He does good to himself who does good to his friend.
A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not endured with patient resignation.
When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.
Loyalty is what we seek in friendship.
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept, because you will gain one friend.
Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.
There can be no friendship when there is no freedom. Friendship loves the free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.
You will find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others?...Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.
Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.
Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will live.
Those who cannot give friendship will rarely receive it, and never hold it.
It is not the services we render them, but the services they render us, that attaches people to us.
We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.
It is foolish to make experiments upon the constancy of a friend, as upon the chastity of a wife.
Give and take makes good friends.
A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship, as ... the callosity formed 'round a broken bone makes it stronger than before.
No real friendship is ever made without an initial clashing which discloses the metal of each to each.
Nothing wounds a friend like a want of confidence.
The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own peculiar ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere with ours.
No man can have society upon his own terms. If he seeks it, he must serve it too.
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.
Friendship is a plant which must be often watered.
A friend should bear his friend's infirmities.
No man is much pleased with a companion who does not increase, in some respect, his fondness of himself.
You win the victory when you yield to friends.
The condition which high friendship demands is the ability to do without it.
Women can form a friendship with a man very well; but to preserve it, a slight physical antipathy most probably helps.
Love your friends as if they would some day hate you.
Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.
Friendship is the pleasing game of interchanging praise.
The hardest of all is learning to be a well of affection, and not a fountain, to show them that we love them, not when we feel like it, but when they do.
If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening.
"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
The way to make a true friend is to be one. Friendship implies loyalty, esteem, cordiality, sympathy, affection, readiness to aid, to help, to stick, to fight for, if need be. ... Radiate friendship and it will return sevenfold.
The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad.
Politeness is an inexpensive way of making friends.
The secret of success in society is a certain heartiness and sympathy.
Sometimes we owe a friend to the lucky circumstance that we give him no cause for envy.
Friendship requires great communication.
Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command.
We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming more interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.
We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.
Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. Tis the sole remedy against misfortune, the very ventilation of the soul.
It is easier to visit friends than to live with them.
The loneliness you get by the sea is personal and alive. It doesn't subdue you and make you feel abject. It's stimulating loneliness.
The chain of friendship, however bright, does not stand the attrition of constant close contact.
Fond as we are of our loved ones, there comes at times during their absence an unexplained peace.
Friendship increases in visiting friends, but not in visiting them too often.
Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
I am quite sure that no friendship yields its true pleasure and nobility of nature without frequent communication, sympathy and service.
I am learning to live close to the lives of my friends without ever seeing them. No miles of any measurement can separate your soul from mine.
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
Friends are lost by calling often and calling seldom.
A hedge between keeps friendships green.
Solitude is one thing and loneliness is another.
My friend and I have built a wall Between us thick and wide: The stones of it are laid in scorn And plastered high with pride.
When my friends lack an eye, I look at them in profile.
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.
A friend is one who withholds judgment no matter how long you have his unanswered letter.
The best rule of friendship is to keep your heart a little softer than your head.
Who seeks a faultless friend remains friendless.
Unless you bear with the faults of a friend you betray your own.
Probably no man ever had a friend he did not dislike a little; we are all so constituted by nature that no one can possibly entirely approve of us.
Love your friend with his fault.
It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.
Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings.
To find a friend one must close one eye. To keep him ... two.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.
Sooner or later you've heard all your best friends have to say. Then comes the tolerance of real love.
We shall never have friends if we expect to find them without fault.
It is well there is no one without fault; for he would not have a friend in the world. He would seem to belong to a different species.
The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another's little lapses.
To be social is to be forgiving.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
It is better to be deceived by one's friends than to deceive them.
The man who trusts other men will make fewer mistakes than he who distrusts them.
It should be part of our private ritual to devote a quarter of an hour every day to the enumeration of the good qualities of our friends. When we are not active we fall back idly upon defects, even of those whom we most love.
Friendship admits of difference of character, as love does that of sex.
Between friends there is no need of justice.
What I cannot love, I overlook.
Treat your fiends as you do your picture, and place them in their best light.
Friendships aren't perfect and yet they are very precious. For me, not expecting perfection all in one place was a great release.
A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.
Being considerate of others will take you and your children further in life than any college or professional degree.
Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much. It pleases him who gives and receives and thus, like mercy, is twice blessed.
Truth is a rough, honest, helter-skelter terrier, that none like to see brought into their drawing rooms.
Friendship cannot live with ceremony, nor without civility.
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.
Friends are like a pleasant park where you wish to go; while you may enjoy the flowers, you may not eat them.
Friendship is honey, but don't eat it all.
Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell him.
It's important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to our friendship that we are not.
Don't tell your friends their social faults; they will cure the fault and never forgive you.
There are worse words than cuss words; there are words that hurt.
Nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth.
Flattery makes friends, truth enemies.
Before a secret is told, one can often feel the weight of it in the atmosphere.
A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
If we all told what we know of one another, there would not be four friends in the world
We all need somebody to talk to. It would be good if we talked ... not just pitter-patter, but real talk. We shouldn't be so afraid, because most people really like this contact; that you show you are vulnerable makes them free to be vulnerable.
If we were all given by magic the power to read each other's thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships.
The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy.
So often the truth is told with hate, and lies are told with love.
Give me the avowed, the erect and manly foe, Bold I can meet, perhaps may turn the blow; But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send, Save, oh save me from the candid friend!
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.
Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet.
Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.
There is not so good an understanding between any two, but the exposure by the one of a serious fault in the other will produce a misunderstanding in proportion to its heinousness.
A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still.
A cheerful friend is like a sunny day, which sheds its brightness on all around.
The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.
It is the weak and confused who worship the pseudo-simplicities of brutal directness.
What a wonderful thing it is to have a good friend. He identifies your innermost desires, and spares you the embarrassment of disclosing them to him yourself.
I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
Nobody who is afraid of laughing, and heartily too, at his friend can be said to have a true and thorough love for him.
Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.
Only friends will tell you the truths you need to hear to make ... your life bearable.
Keep the other person's well-being in mind when you feel an attack of soul-purging truth coming on.
If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends-you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue.
Flatterers look like friends, as wolves like dogs.
Friendship may sometimes step a few paces in advance of truth.
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.
One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
I should like to tell you again of my bitter troubles so that mutually, by recounting our grief, we can lighten each other's sorrow.
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.
Since we are mortal, friendships are best kept to a moderate level, rather than sharing the very depths of our souls.
Forget your woes when you see your friend.
Those that lack friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.
When good cheer is lacking, our friends will be packing.
We have no more right to put our discordant states of mind into the lives of those around us and rob them of their sunshine and brightness than we have to enter their houses and steal their silverware.
'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
There is no man that imparteth his joys to his friends, but he joyeth the more; and no man that imparteth his griefs to his friends, but he grieveth the less.
I am treating you as my friend, asking you to share my present minuses in the hope I can ask you to share my future pluses.
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
Trouble is a sieve through which we sift our acquaintances. Those too big to pass through are our friends.
I have come to esteem history as a component of friendships. In my case at least friendships are not igneous but sedimentary.
No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.
Friendship makes prosperity more brilliant, and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it.
The friend of my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.
The growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair.
Constant use had not worn ragged the fabric of their friendship.
Even where the affections are not strongly moved by any superior excellence, the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.
In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.
0 summer friendship, whose flat-tering leaves shadowed us in our prosperity, With the least gust, drop off in the autumn of adversity.
1 loathe a friend ... who takes his friend's prosperity but will not voyage with him in his grief.
In prosperity friends do not leave you unless desired, whereas in adversity they stay away of their own accord.
There's no friend like someone who has known you since you were five.
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
I have lost friends, some by death ... others by sheer inability to cross the street.
Friendship was given by nature to be an assistant to virtue, not a companion in vice.
We are fonder of visiting our friends in health than in sickness. We judge less favorably of their characters when any misfortune happens to them; and a lucky hit, either in business or reputation, improves even their personal appearance in our eyes.
Women rely on friends. ... That's where we draw sustenance and find safety. We can count on our women friends when we need a good laugh or a good cry.
The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.
Never befriend the oppressed unless you are prepared to take on the oppressor.
Trouble shared is trouble halved.
Real friendship is shown in times of trouble; prosperity is full of friends.
Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.
One enemy is too many; a hundred friends too few.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Friends come and go, enemies linger.
The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly everybody will side with you when you are in the right.
It isn't easy to be the person who sometimes has to try to preserve your happiness at the expense of your fun.
I like a highland friend who will stand by me not only when I am in the right, but when I am a little in the wrong.
I don't care a damn for your loyal service when you think I am right; when I really want it most is when you think I am wrong.
Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.
However deep our devotion may be to parents or to children, it is our contemporaries alone with whom understanding is instinctive and entire.
Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes, and always count their change when it is handed to them.
Fortify yourself with a flock of friends! You can select them at random, write to one, dine with one, visit one, or take your problems to one. There is always at least one who will understand, inspire, and give you the lift you may need at the time.
Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives, two friends that always remained strange to one another, because one of them attracted by virtue of similarity, the other by difference.
Nothing is more limiting than a closed circle of acquaintanceship where every avenue of conversation has been explored and social exchanges are fixed in a known routine.
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.
Friendship is mutual blackmail elevated to the level of love.
Scratch a lover, and find a foe.
We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.
Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with a part of another; people are friends in spots.
It's the folks that depend on us for this and for the other that we most do miss.
Time's passage through the memory is like molten glass that can be opaque or crystallize at any given moment at will: a thousand days are melted into one conversation, one glance, one hurt, and one hurt can be shattered and sprinkled over a thousand.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
The wise man's ... friendship is capable of going to extremes with many people, evoked as it is by many qualities.
Now and then one sees a face which has kept its smile pure and undefiled. Such a smile transfigures; such a smile, if the artful but know it, is the greatest weapon a face can have.
I cannot concentrate all my friendship on any single one of my friends because no one is complete enough in himself.
We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while we boast to the others. -Logan Pearsall Smith No one person can possibly combine all the elements supposed to make up what everyone means by friendship.
Every organism requires an environment of friends, partly to shield it from violent changes, and partly to supply it with its wants.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.
An old friend never can be found, and nature has provided that he cannot easily be lost.
Years and years of happiness only make us realize how lucky we are to have friends that have shared and made that happiness a reality.
To those who know thee not, no words can paint! And those who know thee, know all words are faint!
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Old friends are the great blessing of one's later years. ... They have a memory of the same events and have the same mode of thinking.
As in the case of wines that improve with age, the oldest friendships ought to be the most delightful.
There is a magic in the memory of a schoolboy friendship. It softens the heart, and even affects the nervous system of those who have no heart.
It is great to have friends when one is young, but indeed it is still more so when you are getting old. When we are young, friends are, like everything else, a matter of course. In the old days we know what it means to have them.
When you are young and without success, you have only a few friends. Then, later on, when you are rich and famous, you still have a few ... if you are lucky.
Old friends, we say, are best, when some sudden disillusionment shakes our faith in a new comrade.
Friends and wine should be old.
Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable to him; a new friend is as new wine.
To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.
Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend.
The best mirror is an old friend.
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.
There is only one thing better than making a new friend, and that is keeping an old one.
The only way not to break a friendship is not to drop it.
To throw away an honest friend is, as it were, to throw your life away.
Hold a true friend with both your hands.
None is so rich as to throw away a friend.
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
We die as often as we lose a friend.
Affinities are rare. They come but a few times in a life. It is awful to risk losing one when it arrives.
Rather throw away that which is dearest to you, your own life, than turn away a good friend.
Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not.
The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.
I never enter a new company without the hope that I may discover a friend, perhaps the friend, sitting there with an expectant smile. That hope survives a thousand disappointments.
Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone.
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.
What causes us to like new acquaintances is not so much weariness of our old ones, or the pleasure of change, as disgust at not being sufficiently admired by those who know us too well, and the hope of being admired more by those who do not know so much about us.
A new acquaintance is like a new book. I prefer it, even if bad, to a classic.
To cement a new friendship, especially between foreigners or persons of a different social world, a spark with which both were secretly charged must fly from person to person, and cut across the accidents of place and time.
A new friend is like new wine; when it has aged you will drink it with pleasure.
He alone has lost the art to live who cannot win new friends.
Five years from now you will be pretty much the same as you are today except for two things: the books you read and the people you get close to.
I want no men around me who have not the knack of making friends.
Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of.
Many a friendship-long, loyal, and self-sacrificing-rested at first upon no thicker a foundation than a kind word.
A home-made friend wears longer than one you buy in the market.
The best time to make friends is before you need them.
Accident counts for much in companionship, as in marriage.
We need new friends. Some of us are cannibals who have eaten their old friends up; others must have ever-renewed audiences before whom to re-enact an ideal version of their lives.
In a world that holds books and babies and canyon trails, why should one condemn oneself to live day in, day out with people one does not like, and sell oneself to chaperone and correct them?
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
A man must eat a peck of salt with his friend before he knows him.
Have but few friends, though many acquaintances.
One who's our friend is fond of us; one who's fond of us isn't necessarily our friend.
Make all good men your well-wishers, and then, in the years' steady sifting, some of them will turn into friends.
Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any viable reason.
We often choose a friend as we do a mistress, for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.
How casually and unobservedly we make all our most valued acquaintances.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well-tried before you give them your confidence.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
How often we find ourselves turning our backs on our actual friends, that we may go and meet their ideal cousins.
Let him have the key of thy heart, who hath the lock of his own.
Books and friends should be few but good.
Sudden friendship, sure repentance.
As there are some flowers which you should smell but slightly to extract all that is pleasant in them ... so there are some men with whom a slight acquaintance is quite sufficient to draw out all that is agreeable; a more intimate one would be unsafe and unsatisfactory.
Acquaintance I would have, but when it depends not on the number, but the choice of friends.
Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.
Friendship that flames goes out in a flash.
Trouble is a sieve through which we sift our acquaintances. Those too big to pass through are our friends.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
Every man is like the company he is wont to keep.
Treat your friends as you do your picture, and place them in their best light.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.
If I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice from the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted to become a failure, I would seek advice from men who have never succeeded. If I wanted to succeed in all things, I would look around me for those who are succeeding, and do as they have done.
Better fare hard with good men than feast with bad.
By associating with good and evil persons a man acquires the virtues and vices which they possess, even as the wind blowing over different places takes along good and bad odors.
I would prefer as a friend a good man who is ignorant than one more clever who is evil, too.
Tell me whom you frequent, and I will tell you who you are.
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.
Go to the place where the thing you wish to know is native; your best teacher is there. ... You acquire a language most readily in the country where it is spoken, you study mineralogy best among miners, and so with everything else.
Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art.
Who friendship with a knave hath made, is judged a partner in the trade.
The lion is ashamed, it's true, when he hunts with the fox.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.
Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.
If you always live with those who are lame, you will yourself learn to limp.
Keep good men company, and you shall be of their number.
A man becomes like those whose society he loves.
A wise man associating with the vicious becomes an idiot; a dog traveling with good men becomes a rational being.
It is better to weep with wise men than to laugh with fools.
A wise man may look ridiculous in the company of fools.
111 company is like a dog, who dirts those most whom he loves best.
Satan's friendship reaches to the prison door.
Have no friends not equal to yourself.
Friendship is seldom lasting but between equals, or where the superiority on one side is reduced by some equivalent advantage on the other.
Friendship neither finds nor makes equals.
You cannot be friends upon any other terms than upon the terms of equality.
A man is known by the company he keeps.
Friendship is nothing else than an accord in all things, human and divine, conjoined with mutual goodwill and affection.
Friendship is a union of spirits, a marriage of hearts, and the bond there of virtue.
To associate with other like-minded people in small purposeful groups is for the great majority of men and women a source of profound psychological satisfaction.
Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings.
Seek those who find your road agreeable, your personality and mind stimulating, your philosophy acceptable, and your experiences helpful. Let those who do not, seek their own kind.
To like and dislike the same things, this is what makes a solid friendship.
Friendship is only a reciprocal conciliation of interests.
Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
True friends ... face in the same direction, toward common projects, interests, goals.
That friendship may be at once fond and lasting, there must not only be equal virtue on each part, but virtue of the same kind; not only the same end must be proposed, but the same means must be approved by both.
It is characteristic of spontaneous friendship to take on, without enquiry and almost at first sight, the unseen doings and unspoken sentiments of our friends; the part known gives us evidence enough that the unknown part cannot be much amiss.
Men only become friends by community of pleasures.
If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.
The reward of friendship is itself. The man who hopes for anything else does not understand what true friendship is.
That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end.
The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him.
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
I have always differentiated between two types of friends; those who want proofs of friendship, and those who do not. One kind loves me for myself, and the others for themselves.
Friendship, like credit, is highest where it is not used.
Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life.
I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God's gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment.
If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.
He who looks for advantage out of friendship strips it all of its nobility.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else.
In a friend you find a second self.
Of my friends, I am the only one I have left.
I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end ... I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.
Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too.
Friendship is neither a formality nor a mode: it is rather a life.
Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
Friendship's a noble name, 'tis love refined.
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
Friend: One who knows all about you and loves you just the same.
A friend is like a poem.
A friend is a present you give to yourself.
A friend is someone you can do nothing with, and enjoy it.
Friendship needs no words-it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
Two friends-two bodies with one soul inspired.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge.
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
A faithful friend is the medicine of life.
Friends are a second existence.
A real friend helps us think our best thoughts, do our noblest deeds, be our finest selves.
Friendship is a furrow in the sand.
Friendship is love without his wings!
True friendship is self-love at second hand.
The real friend is he or she who can share all our sorrow and double our joys.
Friendship is a word the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.
Most men's friendships are too inarticulate.
My philosophy is: anyone or anything that gives you knowledge inspires you.
The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef.
The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than it is a friend.
To act the part of a true friend requires more conscientious feeling than to fill with credit and complacency any other station or capacity in social life.
Friendship is an art, and very few persons are born with a natural gift for it.
Female friendships that work are relationships in which women help each other belong to themselves.
The language of friendship is not words, but meanings.
I can trust my friends. ... These people force me to examine myself, encourage me to grow.
We challenge one another to be funnier and smarter. ... It's the way friends make love to one another.
If I made it, it's half because I was game enough to take a lot of punishment along the way and half because there were a lot of people who cared enough to help me.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharp-eneth the countenance of his friend.
A friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself.
I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self.
Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
Good company upon the road is the shortest cut.
The particular human chain we're a part of is central to our individual identity.
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
The best preservative to keep the mind in health is the faithful admonition of a friend.
What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine.
Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
If our friends' idealizations of us need the corrective of our own experience, it may be true also that our own sordid view of our lives needs the corrective of our friends' idealizations.
In meeting again after a separation, acquaintances ask after our outward life, friends after our inner life.
In real friendship the judgment, the genius, the prudence of each party become the common property of both.
The thicker one gets with some people, the thinner they become.
When our friends are alive, we see the good qualities they lack; dead, we remember only those they possessed.
The company makes the feast.
When one friend washes another, both become clean.
I observed once to Goethe ... that when a friend is with us we do not think the same of him as when he is away. He replied, "Yes! because the absent friend is yourself, and he exists only in your head; whereas the friend who is present has an individuality of his own, and moves according to laws of his own, which cannot always be in accordance with those which you form for yourself."
In reality, we are still children. We want to find a playmate for our thoughts and feelings.
Love me, please; I love you; I can bear to be your friend. So ask of me anything ... I am not a tentative person. Whatever I do, I give up my whole self to it.
Most of our misfortunes are comments of our friends upon them.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Animals are such agreeable friends- they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
Great friendship is never without anxiety.
One out of four people in this country is mentally imbalanced. Think of your three closest friends and if they seem okay, then you're the one.
She is one of my best friends. Why, I've known her ever since we were the same age.
You never know how many friends you have until you rent a cottage at the beach.
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who come into a room and say, "Here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Oh, there you are."
Friends are folks who excuse you when you have made a fool of yourself.
A word of advice, don't give it.
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
Here's a toast to someone who's truly a best friend - a person who goes around telling good things behind your back.
My friend thought he was not gonna make it. Then he started thinking positive. Now he's positive he's not gonna make it.
We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us but for ours to amuse them.
There ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.
It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
With friends like you - who needs enemas.
Here's a dime. Call all your friends.
We are both great men, but I have succeeded better in keeping it a profound secret than he has.
As the psychiatrist said to the cannibal at the end of a session: "Your problem is easy you're just fed up with people."
Should auld acquaintances be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And days o'auld lang syne?
Friendship, peculiar boon of Heaven, The noble mind's delight and pride, To men and angels only given, To all the lower world denied.
What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine.
Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided.
Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.
Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in continue firm and constant.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.


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