Quotes About Friendship

A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.

— Elbert Hubbard

Don’t walk behind me I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

— Albert Camus

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

— Buddha

Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.

— Muhammad Ali

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.

— Oprah Winfrey

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

— Henri Nouwen

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

— Albert Schweitzer

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.

— Robert Hall

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

— Arnold H. Glasow

A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.

— Leo Buscaglia

A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often – just to save it from drying out completely.

— Pam Brown

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.

— Robert Brault

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

— Marcel Proust

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.

— George Washington

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

— William Butler Yeats

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

— C. S. Lewis

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 healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.

— Henri Nouwen

True friends stab you in the front.

— Oscar Wilde

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.

— Jim Morrison

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

— William Penn

A friend to all is a friend to none.

— Aristotle

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.

— Aristotle

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.

— Thomas Jefferson

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

— Helen Keller

Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go.

— Margaret Walker

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

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

— Abraham Lincoln

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

— Khalil Gibran

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.

— Euripides

Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

— Elbert Hubbard

It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, Can never know what true friendship means.

— Charles Kingsley

The friend in 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.

— Ulysses S. Grant

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

— Plutarch

A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.

— Bil Keane

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

— Anais Nin

My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.

— Aristotle

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else.

— Len Wein

So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.

— Helen Keller

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

— Henry David Thoreau

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

— Thomas Aquinas

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.

— Jean de La Fontaine

When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character.

— W. Somerset Maugham

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

— Elbert Hubbard

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.

— John D. Rockefeller

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

— Henry David Thoreau

An excellent man he has no enemies and none of his friends like him.

— Oscar Wilde

Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.

— Socrates

Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn’t seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.

— Aristotle

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

— Confucius

It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.

— Marlene Dietrich

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.

— Henry David Thoreau

Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.

— Henry David Thoreau

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.

— Thomas A. Edison

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

— Oscar Wilde

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 J. Peter

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.

— Oscar Wilde

A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is blind friendship closes its eyes.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

— Alice Duer Miller

True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.

— Henry David Thoreau

Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.

— Chanakya

The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.

— Henry Ford

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

— Aristotle

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

— Benjamin Franklin

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.

— Hubert H. Humphrey

He who hath many friends hath none.

— Aristotle

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.

— Paramahansa Yogananda

Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.

— Margaret Lee Runbeck

Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.

— Plautus

Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.

— Amos Bronson Alcott

Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

— Khalil Gibran

A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.

— Walter Winchell

Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.

— Confucius

The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.

— Giotto di Bondone

There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.

— Chanakya

She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.

— Toni Morrison

Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, makes someone a friend.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Friendship and money: oil and water.

— Mario Puzo

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success!

— Doug Larson

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

— Thomas Fuller

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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 the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.

— Joseph Roux

A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.

— Saint Francis de Sales

Lovers have a right to betray you… friends don’t.

— Judy Holliday

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

— Alice Walker

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

— Katherine Mansfield

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.

— Mencius

A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.

— Henry David Thoreau

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.

— John Leonard

It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.

— Epicurus

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.

— Octavia Butler

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.

— George MacDonald

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

— Baltasar Gracian

But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

— Jane Austen

Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.

— Shirley MacLaine

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.

— Barack Obama

Friendship needs no words – it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.

— Dag Hammarskjold

A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.

— Charles Darwin

A friend is, as it were, a second self.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Friendship is held to be the severest test of character. It is easy, we think, to be loyal to a family and clan, whose blood is in your own veins.

— Charles Alexander Eastman

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

— Walt Whitman

Some people go to priests others to poetry I to my friends.

— Virginia Woolf

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

— William Blake

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

— King Solomon

Yes’m, old friends is always best, ‘less you can catch a new one that’s fit to make an old one out of.

— Sarah Orne Jewett

It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.

— Mignon McLaughlin

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.

— Baltasar Gracian

The real test of friendship is: can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?

— Eugene Kennedy

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.

— Francesco Guicciardini

Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.

— Joseph Brodsky

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.

— Washington Irving

Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.

— Euripides

Love demands infinitely less than friendship.

— George Jean Nathan

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.

— Emil Ludwig

Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.

— Herman Melville

All you need to do to be my friend is like me.

— Taylor Swift

Friends are born, not made.

— Henry Adams

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.

— Honore de Balzac

There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.

— George Santayana

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.

— Zora Neale Hurston

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.

— E. W. Howe

Instead of loving your enemies – treat your friends a little better.

— E. W. Howe

Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends.

— Samuel Pepys

The best time to make friends is before you need them.

— Ethel Barrymore

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

— Francis Quarles

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.

— Bruce Lee

We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.

— Orson Welles

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

— Khalil Gibran

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.

— Oscar Wilde

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.

— Ann Landers

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

— Ray Bradbury

Friendship often ends in love but love in friendship – never.

— Charles Caleb Colton

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.

— John Wooden

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

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

— Thomas Jefferson

Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?

— Thomas Jefferson

Eros will have naked bodies Friendship naked personalities.

— C. S. Lewis

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations entangling alliances with none.

— Thomas Jefferson

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

A friendship that like love is warm A love like friendship, steady.

— Thomas Moore

True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks.

— St. Jerome

A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Love is a friendship set to music.

— Joseph Campbell

The two most misused words in the entire English vocabulary are love and friendship. A true friend would die for you, so when you start trying to count them on one hand, you don’t need any fingers.

— Larry Flynt

All lasting business is built on friendship.

— Alfred A. Montapert

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

— Jean de La Fontaine

Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.

— Aristotle

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.

— Hubert H. Humphrey

Friendship is essentially a partnership.

— Aristotle

Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.

— Marilyn Monroe

Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.

— Lord Byron

A tree is known by its fruit a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

— Saint Basil

False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.

— Richard Burton

I had three chairs in my house one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.

— Henry David Thoreau

I think it’s important to have closure in any relationship that ends – from a romantic relationship to a friendship. You should always have a sense of clarity at the end and know why it began and why it ended. You need that in your life to move cleanly into your next phase.

— Jennifer Aniston

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

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used.

— Elbert Hubbard

The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.

— Albert Camus

It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes the cause of a longer friendship. Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree.

— Elbert Hubbard

Friendship is two-sided. It isn’t a friend just because someone’s doing something nice for you. That’s a nice person. There’s friendship when you do for each other. It’s like marriage – it’s two-sided.

— John Wooden

One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.

— Simone de Beauvoir

Dad needs to show an incredible amount of respect and humor and friendship toward his mate so the kids understand their parents are sexy, they’re fun, they do things together, they’re best friends. Kids learn by example. If I respect Mom, they’re going to respect Mom.

— Tim Allen

There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.

— Edgar Allan Poe

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.

— Henry Ward Beecher

The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another’s little lapses.

— David Storey

The Bush Administration’s failure to be consistently involved in helping Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians has been both wrong for our friendship with Israel, as well as badly damaging to our standing in the Arab world.

— Barack Obama

What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?

— Anais Nin

Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.

— Voltaire

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

— Elie Wiesel

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.

— Henry Ward Beecher

True friendship is like sound health the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.

— Charles Caleb Colton

What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.

— Michel de Montaigne

However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

Friendship is Love without his wings!

— Lord Byron

Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one.

— Henry Ward Beecher

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

— Thomas Aquinas

I have a loyalty that runs in my bloodstream, when I lock into someone or something, you can’t get me away from it because I commit that thoroughly. That’s in friendship, that’s a deal, that’s a commitment. Don’t give me paper – I can get the same lawyer who drew it up to break it. But if you shake my hand, that’s for life.

— Jerry Lewis

Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship and pass the rosy wine.

— Charles Dickens

Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have.

— Ernie Banks

People come in and out of our lives, and the true test of friendship is whether you can pick back up right where you left off the last time you saw each other.

— Lisa See

Sympathy constitutes friendship but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.

— Anton Chekhov

In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Opposition is true friendship.

— William Blake

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.

— Samuel Butler

Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!

— William Hazlitt

Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.

— Epicurus

Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.

— Samuel Johnson

Love is friendship set on fire.

— Jeremy Taylor

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.

— Joseph Addison

Caring for but never trying to own may be a further way to define friendship.

— William Glasser

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.

— Samuel Johnson

The fact is, with every friendship you make, and every bond of trust you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world. That is so important. So when you study abroad, you’re actually helping to make America stronger.

— Michelle Obama

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.

— Robert Southey

My parents, and librarians along the way, taught me about the space between words about the margins, where so many juicy moments of life and spirit and friendship could be found. In a library, you could find miracles and truth and you might find something that would make you laugh so hard that you get shushed, in the friendliest way.

— Anne Lamott

Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.

— Francis Bacon

If one of two lovers is loyal, and the other jealous and false, how may their friendship last, for Love is slain!

— Marie de France

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

— Thomas Fuller

No matter what message you are about to deliver somewhere, whether it is holding out a hand of friendship, or making clear that you disapprove of something, is the fact that the person sitting across the table is a human being, so the goal is to always establish common ground.

— Madeleine Albright

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.

— William Hazlitt

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

The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef love, like being enlivened with champagne.

— Samuel Johnson

Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone – but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.

— William Hazlitt

Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.

— Jane Austen

Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare – and precious as a pearl.

— Tahar Ben Jelloun

I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something.

— Woodrow Wilson

Bad faith likes discourse on friendship and loyalty.

— Mason Cooley

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 Adams

To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life.

— Simone Weil

The friendship that can cease has never been real.

— St. Jerome

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

— Charles Lamb

All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity.

— Sallust

General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.

— Jane Austen

Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.

— Thomas Aquinas

But it all comes down to friendship, treating people right.

— Ernie Banks

Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy.

— William Hazlitt

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

The beginning of a friendship, the fact that two people out of the thousands around them can meet and connect and become friends, seems like a kind of magic to me. But maintaining a friendship requires work. I don’t mean that as a bad thing. Good art requires work as well.

— Charles de Lint

Friendship has its illusions no less than love.

— Stendhal

The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.

— William Hazlitt

Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another people are friends in spots.

— George Santayana

I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being.

— Edward Gibbon

When two people first meet, they can only have a very ordinary kind of friendship. But when you begin to understand each other, when you get close to them, you discover that you’re suddenly eager to know him or her even better.

— Zhang Ziyi

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.

— William Hazlitt

She discovered with great delight that one does not love one’s children just because they are one’s children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.

— Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.

— Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Sixth grade was a big time, in my childhood, of hoops and friendship, and coming up with funny things.

— Adam Sandler

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

— Saint Teresa of Avila

Friendship is a sheltering tree.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example?

— Dennis Prager

Love between man and man is impossible because there must not be sexual intercourse and friendship between man and woman is impossible because there must be sexual intercourse.

— James Joyce

I love life in spite of all that mars it. I love friendship, jokes and laughter.

— Tahar Ben Jelloun

It must be remembered that the sea is a great breeder of friendship. Two men who have known each other for twenty years find that twenty days at sea bring them nearer than ever they were before, or else estrange them.

— Gilbert Parker

Value your friendship. Value your relationships.

— Barbara Bush

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.

— Charles Caleb Colton

Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

As told in Friendship with God, if we simply decided to believe and act as if first, we’re all one, and second, life is eternal, it would render virtually everything we’ve done all our lives pointless.

— Neale Donald Walsch

I think in friendship, you want to be there for your friend, and sometimes you just don’t know what to do or the relationship you have with them is not clear enough for you to know what to do.

— Marion Cotillard

Show me a genuine case of platonic friendship, and I shall show you two old or homely faces.

— Austin O’Malley

Friendship is also about liking a person for their failings, their weakness. It’s also about mutual help, not about exploitation.

— Paul Theroux

Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.

— Oliver Goldsmith

I think the way to keep a friendship is to respect that everybody is different.

— Emma Bunton

I have lost my seven best friends, which is to say God has had mercy on me seven times without realizing it. He lent a friendship, took it from me, sent me another.

— Jean Cocteau

Your experiences will be yours alone. But truth and best friendship will rarely if ever disappoint you.

— Anne Lamott

Before the flowers of friendship faded friendship faded.

— Gertrude Stein

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

— Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation.

— Samuel Richardson

When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.

— Maria Shriver

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

— Charlotte Bronte

Friendship always benefits love sometimes injures.

— Seneca

Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

— Plautus

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

— James Whistler

Friendship’s the wine of life: but friendship new… is neither strong nor pure.

— Edward Young

Time makes friendship stronger, but love weaker.

— Jean de la Bruyere

Love and friendship exclude each other.

— Jean de la Bruyere

Happiness is understanding that friendship is more precious than mere things, more precious than getting your own way, more precious than being in situations where true principles are not at stake.

— J. Donald Walters

A lot of the powerful religious leaders, from Jesus to Buddha to Tibetan monks, they’re really talking about the same things: love and acceptable, and the value of friendship, and respecting yourself so you can respect others.

— Jena Malone

Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.

— George Herbert

Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.

— Anita Brookner

Love is like the wild rose-briar Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?

— Emily Bronte

My inspiration are the woman, friendship, and loneliness.

— Enrique Iglesias

Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love.

— Charles Peguy

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

Love is flower like Friendship is like a sheltering tree.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.

— Petrarch

The differences between friends cannot but reinforce their friendship.

— Mao Zedong

Success always necessitates a degree of ruthlessness. Given the choice of friendship or success, I’d probably choose success.

— Sting

Aristotle uses a mother’s love for her child as the prime example of love or friendship.

— Mortimer Adler

Conjugal love, or the friendship of spouses, can persist even after sexual desires have weakened, withered, and disappeared.

— Mortimer Adler

Friendship is a very taxing and arduous form of leisure activity.

— Mortimer Adler

All who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.

— Sallust

I’m single, footloose and fancy free, I have no responsibilities, no anchors. Work, friendship and self-improvement, that’s me.

— Joel Edgerton

One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.

— Clifton Paul Fadiman

We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy.

— Arthur Ashe

You’ve got to reach a hand of friendship across the aisle and across philosophies in this country.

— Joe Biden

When friendship disappears then there is a space left open to that awful loneliness of the outside world which is like the cold space between the planets. It is an air in which men perish utterly.

— Hilaire Belloc

Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.

— Jeremy Taylor

To like and dislike the same things, this is what makes a solid friendship.

— Sallust

The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes.

— Sallust

Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life.

— James F. Byrnes

I force people to have coffee with me, just because I don’t trust that a friendship can be maintained without any other senses besides a computer or cellphone screen.

— John Cusack

Friendship is mutual blackmail elevated to the level of love.

— Robin Morgan

I’ve got some great guy friends. They can start out as crushes. But when you realize something isn’t going to happen, you make a choice whether or not the friendship is worth it. And it usually is. Then you can laugh about the fact that you used to have a crush on him or he had one on you.

— Courteney Cox

Friendship is a wildly underrated medication.

— Anna Deavere Smith

Meg Ryan is a beautiful and courageous woman. I grieve the loss of her companionship but I’ve not lost the friendship. We talk all the time and that was what our connection was about. She has a wonderful mind and we just like a chat.

— Russell Crowe

Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.

— Emil Zatopek

It may be a cold, clammy thing to say, but those that treat friendship the same as any other selfishness seem to get the most out of it.

— E. W. Howe

The little trouble in the world that is not due to love is due to friendship.

— E. W. Howe

A friendship like love is warm a love like friendship is steady.

— Thomas More

Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.

— Eustace Budgell

Friendship based solely upon gratitude is like a photograph with time it fades.

— Carmen Sylva

Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.

— John Evelyn

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

— Augustine Birrell

Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.

— Charles de Montesquieu

Some people are willing to betray years of friendship just to get a little bit of the spotlight.

— Lauren Conrad

I hope to continue my friendship with France and its filmmakers for many years to come.

— Harvey Weinstein

I’m calling my book series the ‘with God series.’ And this next ‘with God’ book is Friendship with God, which comes out in November. This books challenges us to bring about the end of ‘better’ on this planet.

— Neale Donald Walsch

The second one, the joint Truth and Friendship Commission, which we started now with Indonesia, that is the one that has been criticized its terms of reference call for providing amnesty for those who cooperate in telling the truth. It does not lead to prosecution.

— Jose Ramos-Horta

Because most people are not sufficiently employed in themselves, they run about loose, hungering for employment, and satisfy themselves in various supererogatory occupations. The easiest of these occupations, which have all to do with making things already made, is the making of people: it is called the art of friendship.

— Laura Riding

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.

— Jonathan Edwards

From an early age I didn’t buy into the value systems of working hard in a nine-to-five job. I thought creativity, friendship and loyalty and pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable was much more interesting.

— Adam Clayton

My second husband believed I had such a fickle attitude to friendship that each Friday he would update the list of my ‘Top Ten’ friends in the manner of a Top Of The Pops chart countdown.

— Julie Burchill

I would be willing to do almost anything to make Art happy. I care about our friendship. The only thing I won’t do is change the essence of my work.

— Paul Simon

Look, I worked with American Republican presidents and Democratic presidents, all of them, and each of them has shown a deep and profound friendship to Israel, you know? I can’t remember anybody who was in that sense negative as far as Israel is concerned.

— Shimon Peres

Why do we go around acting as though everything was friendship and reliability when basically everything everywhere is full of sudden hate and ugliness?

— Anna Freud

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

— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Came but for friendship, and took away love.

— Thomas Moore

Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting.

— Eustace Budgell

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.

— Oliver Goldsmith

Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life let us swear eternal friendship.

— Sydney Smith

Friendship! Mysterious cement of the soul, Sweet’ner of life, and solder of society.

— Robert Blair

Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.

— Kenneth Branagh

The steady discipline of intimate friendship with Jesus results in men becoming like Him.

— Harry Emerson Fosdick

I didn’t like England. I couldn’t take the look of the place or the style of friendship. I need more intimacy from people than is considered okay there, and I felt that my personality and my enthusiasms weren’t understood. I had to put a big lid on myself.

— Jane Campion

Friendship is held to be the severest test of character.

— Charles Eastman

When I was growing up, my mother was always a friend to my siblings and me (in addition to being all the other things a mom is), and I was always grateful for that because I knew she was someone I could talk to and joke with, and argue with and that nothing would ever harm that friendship.

— Marlo Thomas

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

— Robert Staughton Lynd

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.

— Brooks Adams

Friendship is something that creates equality and mutuality, not a reward for finding equality or a way of intensifying existing mutuality.

— Rowan D. Williams

Things have gone beyond my wildest expectations and dreams, and I feel like I’ve been given so many blessings in my life, between my friendship with the guys in the band, our wonderful audience, being able to play this music, and then my family.

— Trey Anastasio

If you’re going through friendship issues, I would say, first of all take a step back. How important is the friendship to you? Sometimes, if someone’s not being a good friend to you and isn’t treating you the way you should be treated, then you kind of have to move on sometimes.

— Victoria Justice

The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.

— Sophie Swetchine

Often the magical elements in my books are standing in for elements of the real world, the small and magical-in-their-own-right sorts of things that we take for granted and no longer pay attention to, like the bonds of friendship that entwine our own lives with those of other people and places.

— Charles de Lint

Neatness begets order but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship.

— Johann Kaspar Lavater

The building of friendship, family, community and love is complicated. We are so isolated in this country, no longer supported by tribes and villages.

— Jasmine Guy

The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend, is the moment you receive them. Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate.

— William Shenstone

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

— Marcelene Cox

During the 1950s, Aristotle Onassis and I formed what grew to be a close friendship and association in several business ventures.

— Paul Getty

I play- it’s kind of like a slice-of-life, LA women in their forties, playing forty kind of what’s their friendship like, and what’s their life like and so I just play one of the four friends.

— Joan Cusack

For me my friendship with Omar Rodriguez from Mars Volta that friendship really means a lot to me because he’s another creative person who works as hard as I do.

— John Frusciante

Those who insist on having hostilities with us, kill and destroy the option of friendship with us in the future, which is unfortunate because it is clear the future belongs to Iran and that enmities will be fruitless.

— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

On one side, citizens have great respect for the United States they have a great feeling of friendship. That is solid. But in the opposition and in the political arena I often find criticism of the closeness of relations with the United States. That is a reality.

— Vicente Fox

Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.

— William Wycherley

I’ve got many close friends, but there’s an awful lot about friendship that is not demonstrative in my case.

— Warren Christopher

We became friends as we became a band. Our friendship evolved as the band evolved. It had its ups and downs, but it was mostly ups for the four of us. We got along well almost all of the time. Hey! We liked each other and we still do.

— Dave Blood

Today, I, too, wish to reaffirm that I intend to continue on the path toward improved relations and friendship with the Jewish people, following the decisive lead given by John Paul II.

— Pope Benedict XVI

You are almost not free, if you are teaching a group of graduate students, to become friends with one of them. I don’t mean anything erotically charged, just a friendship.

— Marilyn Hacker

I come from the New York theatre world, and I have a lot of gay male friends, so this friendship of Will and Grace’s isn’t such a stretch.

— Debra Messing

My last public performance for money was in 1967. For free, it was 1972, with the exception of two little one-shot, one-song things. But that’s just for friends, out of friendship for the people involved, and also because it was fun.

— Tom Lehrer

Friendship is inexplicable, it should not be explained if one doesn’t want to kill it.

— Max Jacob

I noticed that no matter where I went in the country, there was this group of questions that got asked. I would track them and keep them in categories. Like body image, school, family, friendship, you name it, the emotional life of a teenage girl.

— Elizabeth Berkley

There was really no friendship in modeling, though a certain amount of warmth comes from running into models you know on shoots, because you end up in so many unfamiliar places, from Alaska to Africa.

— Carol Alt

My first experiences of academic friendship made me smile in after years when I looked back on them. But my circle of acquaintances had gradually grown so large that it was only natural new friendships should grow out of it.

— Georg Brandes

There has to be chemistry in a duet, but if you go beyond the point of friendship and attraction, you lose something.

— Kenny Rogers

Blunders, no, only friendship binds us to honesty – attracting crypts of mushrooms in the wake of our snowboards.

— Bradley Chicho

Even where friendship is concerned, it takes me a long time to trust people.

— Namie Amuro

But, based on my friendship with Evie as young mothers, I started going on freedom rides in 1966.

— June Jordan

Watching John Lasseter’s films, I think I can understand better than anyone that what he’s doing, is going straight ahead with his vision and working really hard to get that vision into film form. And I feel that my understanding this of him is my friendship towards him.

— Hayao Miyazaki

I would have told him that I appreciated his friendship through the years and that I had learned a lot from him. I really loved Frank like you do a brother.

— Jimmy Carl Black

What gay culture is before it is anything else, before it is a culture of desire or a culture of subversion or a culture of pain, is a culture of friendship.

— Andrew Sullivan

The film itself involves a New York City radio storyteller, Gabriel Noone, who strikes up a friendship with one of his fans, an abused 14-year-old teenager who is suffering from AIDS, who does not have much longer to live.

— Armistead Maupin

China has been committed to the independent foreign policy of peace and has developed friendship and cooperation with all countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.

— Hu Jintao

I think quite a lot of people have a friendship or a love that’s gone like that and it never quite reconciles properly.

— Tim Finn

I came to Venice for the first time in 1968 and was lucky enough to make the acquaintanceship, and then the friendship, of two Venetians, Roberta and Franco, who remain my best friends here after almost 50 years.

— Donna Leon

And though my Lord hath lost his estate and been banished out of his country, yet neither despised poverty nor pinching necessity could make him break the bonds of friendship or weaken his loyal duty.

— Margaret Cavendish

That was the day I began cutting classes and returning to TV tapings it ultimately led to a friendship with Johnny O, and an increasing fascination and respect for what he did.

— Randy West

It will give them the opportunity to show themselves worthy of the respect and friendship of peace-loving nations, and in time, to take an honorable place among members of the United Nations.

— James F. Byrnes

In closing I wish to say that while I was sorely beset by a number of white riders in my racing days, I have also enjoyed the friendship of countless thousands of white men whom I class as among my closest friends.

— Major Taylor

In my public service, I treasure my friendship with law enforcement officers. I admire what they do and support them in every aspect of their job. I have always looked upon law enforcement officers as my friends.

— Dirk Kempthorne

People are roasting each other at parties, at work events, around the fire. It’s so fun. People are busting each other’s chops, and it’s a sign of affection, truly. It’s a true test of love and friendship: can you make a man laugh at himself? So what makes a good burn? Go after targets you love and respect. And hit ’em hard.

— Jeff Ross

If the chemistry is right between star and photographer and the geometry of the pictures pleases the star, often the two people end up with a long-term professional friendship during which they continue to work together and to produce highly personal images.

— Eve Arnold

The part which American friendship played in helping us to win the freedom we enjoy in this part of Ireland has been gratefully recognized and acknowledged by our people.

— Eamon de Valera

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

— Lucan

Rock n’ roll as a genre is different from pop and hip hop: it is about bands, and that for me suggests brotherhood, family, friendship and community.

— Steven Van Zandt

At the beginning of the new century, it is the common aspiration of the peoples of the two countries to deepen mutual understanding, enhance trust, develop friendship and strengthen cooperation.

— Li Peng

Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things that made life to me glorious – friendship and learning.

— Jane Harrison

It became very clear to the director that it would be foolish not to use our friendship. I had tried to talk to him about it because all the relationships in the film are so, not negative, but antagonistic. There’s not a lot of love going around.

— Jennifer Beals

Israelis can be proud of the vibrant democracy that they have created, and I know that many Rhode Islanders share my deep appreciation for the close friendship between our two nations.

— Lincoln Chafee

I have a very close friendship with the skaters.

— Eric Heiden

And we want to develop our strategy to partnership and friendship with the United States, which is connected with a very rich history but what is very important for our future.

— Aleksander Kwasniewski

But as I was saying, from my experiences, I think men tend to be more timid in expressing their feelings for you. Regardless, I always prefer a friendship first and foremost.

— Alicia Machado

Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.

— Malcolm Arnold

This airline is grateful for his extensive contributions and we will miss his friendship and support. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Casey family on its personal loss.

— Gerard Arpey

I would like to raise my glass to friendship between Russia and the United States.

— Richard Lugar

I am proud to represent these men and women who empower people in developing nations and promote the Peace Corps mission of peace and friendship. These volunteers are making major strides to improve the lives of people and communities around the world.

— Kenny Marchant

006 was such an interesting character and the film really explored his friendship with Bond and how it all went wrong, so it was a very personal journey for both characters.

— Sean Bean

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

— Francis Marion Crawford

Here’s a news flash: No soldier gives his life. That’s not the way it works. Most soldiers who make a conscious decision to place themselves in harm’s way do it to protect their buddies. They do it because of the bonds of friendship – and it goes so much deeper than friendship.

— Eric Massa

I think romance is friendship and attraction sort of meeting together and that does influence what I’m writing a lot. I try to establish the attraction, obviously, but I also think it’s important to show the characters having actual conversations about things other than their feelings for each other – and to develop their friendship on the page.

— Veronica Roth

Friendship’s the privilege of private men for wretched greatness knows no blessing so substantial.

— Nahum Tate

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

I don’t need to go onto Facebook and pretend to have friends I’ve never even met. To my mind, that kind of destroys the meaning of the word ‘friend.’ I take exception to that. Because I value and respect friendship.

— Stefanie Powers

India-Seychelles relations have been characterized by close friendship, understanding and cooperation.

— Pratibha Patil

The friendship we share grows amidst the craggy rock pond reeds of water spray fireflies scented with bonfires.

— Bradley Chicho

The joys of friendship inert the heart and fizzy home bouncing jubilantly with laughter-buttered love.

— Bradley Chicho

Plunderous is the palate I gift to you, openly I hug the universe of our friendship expanding its outer limit.

— Bradley Chicho

French Yemeni relations are strong and good, they are relations depending on friendship and cooperation my relationship with the president Chiraq are old and real.

— Ali A. Saleh

In those early years in New York when I was a stranger in a big city, it was the companionship and later friendship which I was offered in the Linnean Society that was the most important thing in my life.

— Ernst Mayr

People instantly assume you can’t have a platonic friendship with someone of the opposite sex. I think this may be specific to L.A. – or America.

— Isabel Lucas

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

— John Woo

When Ted Williams was here, inducted into the Hall of Fame 37 years ago, he said he must have earned it, because he didn’t win it because of his friendship with the writers. I guess in that way, I’m proud to be in this company that way.

— Eddie Murray

The sacrifices of friendship were beautiful in her eyes as long as she was not asked to make them.

— Hector Hugh Munro

To some it may be a thrill to be known, to me it’s a thrill to start a friendship even up.

— Christopher Knight

Ray Bradbury is, for many reasons, the most influential writer in my life. Throughout our long friendship, Ray supplied not only his terrific stories but a grand model of what a writer could be, should be, and yet rarely is: brilliant and charming and accessible, willing to tolerate and to teach, happy to inspire but also to be inspired.

— Greg Bear

Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.

— Warren G. Harding

Working with people, the musical part is one thing but the personal part is totally different and just as critical. If the friendship is there and it’s a lasting friendship, then it will take care of itself.

— John Mayall

My reputation is too important to put it aside for purposes of some friendship. We have a job to do.

— Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Although the troops have struck us, we throw it all behind and are glad to meet you in peace and friendship.

— Black Kettle

Throughout its history, the international Olympic Committee has struggled to spread its ideal of fraternity, friendship, peace and universal understanding.

— Juan Antonio Samaranch

Our philosophy precedes from the belief that sport is an inalienable part of the educational process and a factor for promoting peace, friendship, cooperation and understanding among peoples.

— Juan Antonio Samaranch

They took their meals together and it was remarked on such occasions, when the friendship of animals is put to a hard test, that they never quarrelled or disputed the possession of a favourite fruit with each other.

— Henry Walter Bates

One of the great things personally coming to Hawai’i is my friendship of Jim Nicholson.

— Dan Fouts

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

I can tell you, dearest friend, that if it became known how much friendship, love and a world of human and spiritual references I have smuggled into these three movements, the adherents of programme music – should there be any left – would go mad with joy.

— Alban Berg

I know I was a great friend to Tiger Woods. But when you have a relationship that’s involves business and friendship – and the business part comes to an end – things always get a little blurry.

— Hank Haney

The ideal of all Kosovo is membership in the E.U. and a permanent friendship with the United States. I believe and I am convinced our dreams will come true.

— Atifete Jahjaga

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.

— Cornelia Otis Skinner

The friendship of Shostakovich cast a brilliant light over my whole life and whose spiritual qualities captured my soul once and for all time.

— Galina Vishnevskaya

A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.

— Fawn M. Brodie

Never be afraid to meet to the hilt the demand of either work, or friendship – two of life’s major assets.

— Eleanor Robson Belmont

In the name of the United States and President Bush, I want to thank the Mexican people, President Fox and his government for their friendship.

— Tony Garza

I loved my 17 years with R.E.M., but I’m ready to reflect, assess and move on to a different phase of my life. The four of us will continue our close friendship, and I look forward to hearing their future efforts as the world’s biggest R.E.M. fan.

— Bill Berry

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.

— Alice Miller

Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.

— Amos Bronson Alcott

Faith is salted and peppered through everything at Christmas. And I love at least one night by the Christmas tree to sing and feel the quiet holiness of that time that’s set apart to celebrate love, friendship, and God’s gift of the Christ child.

— Amy Grant

It’s always really challenging trying to go from player to player/coach. You have a kind of friendship basis of relationship with all of your teammates, and now you go to this power position where you have to make decisions that might hurt people’s feelings.

— Abby Wambach

Sixth grade was a big time, in my childhood, of hoops and friendship, and coming up with funny things.

— Adam Sandler

The solution as consumers is – perhaps surprisingly – to take adverts very, very seriously. We should ask ourselves what it is that we find lovely in them – the visions of friendship, togetherness, repose, or whatever. And then consider what would actually help us find these qualities in our lives.

— Alain de Botton

I’m quite obsessed with the idea of nailing the girl friendship. It’s such an art, so delicate.

— Alanis Morissette

Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship – never.

— Albert Camus

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

— Albert Schweitzer

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

— Alice Walker

I made my first white women friends in college they loved me and were loyal to our friendship, but I understood, as they did, that they were white women and that whiteness mattered.

— Alice Walker

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

— Anais Nin

What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?

— Anais Nin

There is a lot that binds Germany to Turkey, and even if we have a difference of opinion on an individual matter, the breadth of our links, our friendship, our strategic ties, is great.

— Angela Merkel

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.

— Ann Landers

My parents, and librarians along the way, taught me about the space between words about the margins, where so many juicy moments of life and spirit and friendship could be found. In a library, you could find miracles and truth and you might find something that would make you laugh so hard that you get shushed, in the friendliest way.

— Anne Lamott

Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn’t seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.

— Anton Chekhov

I feel friendship towards philosophers, but towards sophists, teachers of literature, or any other such kind of godforsaken people, I neither feel friendship now, nor may I ever do so in the future.

— Apollonius of Tyana

Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.

— Aristotle

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.

— Aristotle

I really think that technology has the greatest potential to accelerate happiness of most things in the world. The companies that will ultimately do well are the companies that chase happiness. If you find a way to help people find love, or health or friendship, the dollar will chase that.

— Ashton Kutcher

Show me a genuine case of platonic friendship, and I shall show you two old or homely faces.

— Austin O’Malley

One hopes, of course, that a relationship grows and becomes a deep and wonderful marriage and friendship that lasts forever. But that’s not always the case.

— Alana Stewart

From an early age I didn’t buy into the value systems of working hard in a nine-to-five job. I thought creativity, friendship and loyalty and pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable was much more interesting.

— Adam Clayton

And we want to develop our strategy to partnership and friendship with the United States, which is connected with a very rich history but what is very important for our future.

— Aleksander Kwasniewski

I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a clique. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve realized what a true friend really is. So my friendship circle has changed a bit.

— Aimee Teegarden

The film itself involves a New York City radio storyteller, Gabriel Noone, who strikes up a friendship with one of his fans, an abused 14-year-old teenager who is suffering from AIDS, who does not have much longer to live.

— Armistead Maupin

What gay culture is before it is anything else, before it is a culture of desire or a culture of subversion or a culture of pain, is a culture of friendship.

— Andrew Sullivan

French Yemeni relations are strong and good, they are relations depending on friendship and cooperation my relationship with the president Chiraq are old and real.

— Ali Abdullah Saleh

But as I was saying, from my experiences, I think men tend to be more timid in expressing their feelings for you. Regardless, I always prefer a friendship first and foremost.

— Alicia Machado

I can tell you, dearest friend, that if it became known how much friendship, love and a world of human and spiritual references I have smuggled into these three movements, the adherents of programme music – should there be any left – would go mad with joy.

— Alban Berg

I have a couple of best friends, and I don’t think I would live with them. It definitely… certain people can’t live together, and I think that it could potentially put a lot of strain on the relationship or friendship.

— Alexandra Chando

I suppose, the natural outgrowth about writing about two friends, it becomes about their friendship, and the complexities of it, and the way personality plays off each other, and what they each like to do, separately and together.

— Alison McGhee

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

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.

— Barack Obama

The Bush Administration’s failure to be consistently involved in helping Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians has been both wrong for our friendship with Israel, as well as badly damaging to our standing in the Arab world.

— Barack Obama

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

— Benjamin Franklin

When people have compassion, friendship, and unity, they speak and think in a constructive way to ensure national independence and prosperity.

— Bhumibol Adulyadej

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.

— Bruce Lee

Restoration of friendship with Russia, our biggest neighbor, is necessary for our peace and economy.

— Bidzina Ivanishvili

Friends confront each other sometimes, and sometimes the friendship lasts, and sometimes it doesn’t.

— Brooke Elliott

If I’m right, the only reason our species is still around is because of our friendship with the canines.

— Bruce Cameron

I loved my 17 years with R.E.M., but I’m ready to reflect, assess and move on to a different phase of my life. The four of us will continue our close friendship, and I look forward to hearing their future efforts as the world’s biggest R.E.M. fan.

— Bill Berry

Although the troops have struck us, we throw it all behind and are glad to meet you in peace and friendship.

— Black Kettle

Plunderous is the palate I gift to you, openly I hug the universe of our friendship expanding its outer limit.

— Bradley Chicho

Blunders, no, only friendship binds us to honesty – attracting crypts of mushrooms in the wake of our snowboards.

— Bradley Chicho

I mix talents and friendship, which is not very professional, but it’s my way of thinking. So I love Azzedine Alaia, because I’ve known him for 30 years, and he’s making my dresses most of the time.

— Carine Roitfeld

Everybody understands friendship, and friendship is different than love – it’s a different kind of love. Friendship has more freedom, more latitude. You don’t expect your friend to be as you think your friend should be you expect your friend just to love you as a friend.

— Carole King

Since the Korean War, U.S. and South Korea have established an enduring friendship with shared interests, such as denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, combating aggression abroad and developing our economies.

— Charles B. Rangel

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.

— Charles Caleb Colton

Often the magical elements in my books are standing in for elements of the real world, the small and magical-in-their-own-right sorts of things that we take for granted and no longer pay attention to, like the bonds of friendship that entwine our own lives with those of other people and places.

— Charles de Lint

The beginning of a friendship, the fact that two people out of the thousands around them can meet and connect and become friends, seems like a kind of magic to me. But maintaining a friendship requires work. I don’t mean that as a bad thing. Good art requires work as well.

— Charles de Lint

Prosecutors say it would be next to impossible to get one teen to testify in court that another had slipped him or her a copied disc at lunchtime. And besides, isn’t sharing music a time-honored part of teen friendship?

— Charles Duhigg

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

— Charles Lamb

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 most exciting thing to watch God work when I’ve asked him about something, to listen to him and watch him work. It’s like this friendship, and it just grows and grows and grows and grows.

— Charles R. Swindoll

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 youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies.

— Confucius

The first two lessons, which we learned early in our efforts to be good member missionaries, have made sharing the Gospel much easier: We simply can’t predict who will or won’t be interested in the Gospel, and building a friendship is not a prerequisite to inviting people to learn about the Gospel.

— Clayton Christensen

One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.

— Clifton Fadiman

It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, Can never know what true friendship means.

— Charles Kingsley

As is natural with contiguous states having like institutions and like aims of advancement and development, the friendship of the United States and Mexico has been constantly maintained.

— Chester A. Arthur

I’ve got some great guy friends. They can start out as crushes. But when you realize something isn’t going to happen, you make a choice whether or not the friendship is worth it. And it usually is. Then you can laugh about the fact that you used to have a crush on him or he had one on you.

— Courteney Cox

For me, ‘Lamb’ started out as a further exploration of the phenomenon of faith and the responsibility of a messiah that I touched on in ‘Coyote Blue’ and ‘Island of the Sequined Love Nun,’ but it ended up being an exploration of the true meaning of sacrifice, loyalty, and friendship.

— Christopher Moore

I had more friends on my hockey team than I did on my soccer team. I might have been better at soccer, to be honest. But I think it was more the friendship, and my family was more of a hockey family than a soccer family, so when I had to make a decision, I tried hockey, and it turned out to be a good decision.

— Carl Hagelin

There was really no friendship in modeling, though a certain amount of warmth comes from running into models you know on shoots, because you end up in so many unfamiliar places, from Alaska to Africa.

— Carol Alt

Friendship is held to be the severest test of character. It is easy, we think, to be loyal to a family and clan, whose blood is in your own veins.

— Charles Eastman

Whether it’s music, loss of something, loneliness or friendship – if that emotion is heightened in some way and painted to fit in between the covers of 32 pages, that can become a picture book.

— Chris Raschka

The biggest direct influence on my career is Ben Edlund, who gave me my first real professional break and, through his friendship and example, turned me into a writer and a more critical thinker in general.

— Christopher McCulloch

To some it may be a thrill to be known, to me it’s a thrill to start a friendship even up.

— Christopher Knight

Even an animal, if you show genuine affection, gradually trust develops… If you always showing bad face and beating, how can you develop friendship?

— Dalai Lama

As soon as you try to describe a close friendship, it loses something.

— Dean Smith

Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example?

— Dennis Prager

November 11, 1802, I arrived at Judge Patterson’s at Lisle. This respectable family treated me with every mark of distinction and friendship, and likewise all the people did the same. I really want for words to express my gratitude.

— Deborah Sampson

I was desperate for a friend, and I used to lie in bed at night thinking about what it would be like. My younger brothers and sisters had friends, and I used to watch them playing to try to work out what they did and how friendship worked.

— Daniel Tammet

We want ‘Doll & Em’ to be something we’re proud of. We’d love to do another series, but it’s not the be-all and end-all. Our friendship is the be-all and end-all.

— Dolly Wells

If Reagan had intelligence information that showed that the upheaval in Egypt is actually Democratic in spirit, then he would have, I believe, turned his back on Mubarak, even though there’s a long friendship between the United States and Egypt.

— Douglas Brinkley

I come from the New York theatre world, and I have a lot of gay male friends, so this friendship of Will and Grace’s isn’t such a stretch.

— Debra Messing

Taft was Roosevelt’s handpicked successor. I didn’t know how deep the friendship was between the two men until I read their almost four hundred letters, stretching back the to early ’30s. It made me realize the heartbreak when they ruptured was much more than a political division.

— Doris Kearns Goodwin

I don’t think it’s more important to preserve female friendship than a marriage. But I think that there’s a place for female friendship that’s really important in the lives of all the women I know. As I’ve gotten older, it’s become much more important to me.

— Diane English

I came to Venice for the first time in 1968 and was lucky enough to make the acquaintanceship, and then the friendship, of two Venetians, Roberta and Franco, who remain my best friends here after almost 50 years.

— Donna Leon

We became friends as we became a band. Our friendship evolved as the band evolved. It had its ups and downs, but it was mostly ups for the four of us. We got along well almost all of the time. Hey! We liked each other and we still do.

— Dave Blood

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.

— E. W. Howe

It may be a cold, clammy thing to say, but those that treat friendship the same as any other selfishness seem to get the most out of it.

— E. W. Howe

One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.

— Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being.

— Edward Gibbon

There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.

— Edgar Allan Poe

Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used.

— Elbert Hubbard

It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes the cause of a longer friendship. Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree.

— Elbert Hubbard

Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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

— Elie Wiesel

Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.

— Emil Zatopek

Love is like the wild rose-briar Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?

— Emily Bronte

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

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

My inspiration are the woman, friendship, and loneliness.

— Enrique Iglesias

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.

— Epicurus

It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.

— Epicurus

Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have.

— Ernie Banks

But it all comes down to friendship, treating people right.

— Ernie Banks

When I was nine, the teacher asked us to write a piece about our village fete. He read mine in class. I was encouraged and continued. I even wanted to write my memoirs at the age of ten. At twelve I wrote poetry, mostly about friendship – ‘Ode to Friendship.’ Then my class wanted to make a film, and one little boy suggested that I write the script.

— Eugene Ionesco

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.

— Euripides

Around the time I graduated from high school, I decided better to underachieve and have friendship than to overachieve and be alone.

— Evangeline Lilly

I noticed that no matter where I went in the country, there was this group of questions that got asked. I would track them and keep them in categories. Like body image, school, family, friendship, you name it, the emotional life of a teenage girl.

— Elizabeth Berkley

Friendship is a difficult, dangerous job. It is also (though we rarely admit it) extremely exhausting.

— Elizabeth Bibesco

Friendship is something whose depth fits human aspirations and fulfills human possibilities. It has heft to it, as a gold-piece does and a gambling chip does not.

— Eugene Kennedy

If the chemistry is right between star and photographer and the geometry of the pictures pleases the star, often the two people end up with a long-term professional friendship during which they continue to work together and to produce highly personal images.

— Eve Arnold

Never be afraid to meet to the hilt the demand of either work, or friendship – two of life’s major assets.

— Eleanor Robson Belmont

In those early years in New York when I was a stranger in a big city, it was the companionship and later friendship which I was offered in the Linnean Society that was the most important thing in my life.

— Ernst Mayr

When Ted Williams was here, inducted into the Hall of Fame 37 years ago, he said he must have earned it, because he didn’t win it because of his friendship with the writers. I guess in that way, I’m proud to be in this company that way.

— Eddie Murray

My writing partner, Nicki, and I became obsessed with a monologist who performs unscripted shows equipped with nothing more than scribbled bullet points and a glass of water. We wrote him a fan letter and found ourselves sharing lunch and eventually a friendship.

— Emma McLaughlin

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.

— Emil Ludwig

A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.

— Fawn M. Brodie

Life is all about the friendship and the love and the music. It sounds silly, but it is. I want to have that experience as much as I can as an adult, not as a kid doing something that people are telling her she has to do. If anyone gets in my way, I’m going to get them out of my way.

— Fiona Apple

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.

— Francesco Guicciardini

Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.

— Francis Bacon

What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Very different from eros is philia, a serene love much more akin to friendship, with its reciprocal kindnesses. You love each other for the happy experiences and pleasures you share.

— Francois Lelord

Many a friendship, long, loyal, and self-sacrificing, rested at first on no thicker a foundation than a kind word.

— Frederick William Faber

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, makes someone a friend.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

It must be remembered that the sea is a great breeder of friendship. Two men who have known each other for twenty years find that twenty days at sea bring them nearer than ever they were before, or else estrange them.

— Gilbert Parker

Forgiveness is that subtle thread that binds both love and friendship. Without forgiveness, you may not even have a child one day.

— George Foreman

Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.

— George Herbert

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.

— George MacDonald

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

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.

— George Washington

In the family, in interpersonal relationships, even in friendship, faith is tremendously important. If you have a partner who you believe is a good person, then it is your duty to have faith in them until the end, despite the fact that they might have done some bad things. And you have to support and believe in your children.

— Greg Graffin

There are a lot of musicians I’ve met on Twitter where it was like, ‘Hey, I like your music’ – and then I ended up meeting them and it turned into a friendship.

— Grimes

Acquaintances we meet, enjoy, and can easily leave behind but friendship grows deep roots.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

One of the most mawkish of human delusions is the notion that friendship should be eternal, or, at all events, life-long, and that any act which puts a term to it is somehow discreditable.

— H. L. Mencken

Friendship is one of our most treasured relationships, but it isn’t codified and celebrated it’s never going to give you a party.

— Hanya Yanagihara

I think for a lot of people, friendship is a relationship that gets devalued once they move on to what people consider to be more important relationships: once you find a partner or when you have kids.

— Hanya Yanagihara

In a basic sense, ‘A Little Life’ is a homage to how my friends and I live our lives. I wanted to push past the definitions of how we typically define friendship. It’s a different version of adulthood, but it’s no less important and no less legitimate than anyone else’s.

— Hanya Yanagihara

Watching John Lasseter’s films, I think I can understand better than anyone that what he’s doing, is going straight ahead with his vision and working really hard to get that vision into film form. And I feel that my understanding this of him is my friendship towards him.

— Hayao Miyazaki

Friends are born, not made.

— Henry Adams

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 Adams

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 healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.

— Henri Nouwen

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

— Henri Nouwen

I had three chairs in my house one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.

— Henry David Thoreau

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.

— Henry Ward Beecher

Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one.

— Henry Ward Beecher

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.

— Henry Ward Beecher

Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.

— Herman Melville

Men and women can absolutely be friends, and that’s what we need to be. Part of the problem is that we aren’t friends enough. Our relationships are negotiations, and that is not friendship.

— Hill Harper

America is stronger because of President Obama’s leadership, and I’m better because of his friendship.

— Hillary Clinton

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.

— Hubert H. Humphrey

A gang is the same as a wolf pack gang members do not use their energies in friendship with one another, for they do not know what friendship is. If they are united, it is by the common bond of a desire to attack their world.

— Haniel Long

I define friendship as a bond that transcends all barriers. When you are ready to expect anything and everything from friends, good, bad or ugly… that’s what I call true friendship.

— Harbhajan Singh

Ray Bradbury is, for many reasons, the most influential writer in my life. Throughout our long friendship, Ray supplied not only his terrific stories but a grand model of what a writer could be, should be, and yet rarely is: brilliant and charming and accessible, willing to tolerate and to teach, happy to inspire but also to be inspired.

— Greg Bear

During the 1950s, Aristotle Onassis and I formed what grew to be a close friendship and association in several business ventures.

— J. Paul Getty

Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.

— Jane Austen

I have lost my seven best friends, which is to say God has had mercy on me seven times without realizing it. He lent a friendship, took it from me, sent me another.

— Jean Cocteau

Time makes friendship stronger, but love weaker.

— Jean de la Bruyere

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.

— Jean de La Fontaine

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

— Jean de La Fontaine

Where would you be without friends? The people to pick you up when you need lifting? We come from homes far from perfect, so you end up almost parent and sibling to your friends – your own chosen family. There’s nothing like a really loyal, dependable, good friend. Nothing.

— Jennifer Aniston

I’ve learned that friendship does not equate business, business does not equate friendship.

— Jill Scott

I’ve learned from my dealings with Johnny Carson that no matter what kind of friendship you think you have with people you’re working with, when the chips are down, it’s all about business.

— Joan Rivers

We have a saying in the Marine Corps and that is ‘no better friend, no worse enemy, than a U.S. Marine.’ We always hope for the first, friendship, but are certainly more than ready for the second.

— John F. Kelly

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.

— John Wooden

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.

— Joseph Addison

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

Primarily, ‘Black Girl/White Girl’ is the story of two very different, yet somehow ‘fated’ girls for Genna, her ‘friendship’ with Minette is the most haunting of her life, though it is one-sided and ends in tragedy.

— Joyce Carol Oates

The only things that are really permanent are love, family, friendship, and that is a lesson. At the end of the day, that’s really what it boils down to. The rest of it is just stuff.

— Jared Kushner

I force people to have coffee with me, just because I don’t trust that a friendship can be maintained without any other senses besides a computer or cellphone screen.

— John Cusack

I’m single, footloose and fancy free, I have no responsibilities, no anchors. Work, friendship and self-improvement, that’s me.

— Joel Edgerton

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

But, based on my friendship with Evie as young mothers, I started going on freedom rides in 1966.

— June Jordan

I came to know Gore Vidal in the mid-1980s, when I was living in southern Italy, virtually a neighbour, and our friendship lasted until his death in 2012. Needless to say, he was a complicated and often combative man.

— Jay Parini

To me, Green Arrow in the past, what people loved about Oliver Queen pre-New 52 was his relationships with other heroes. Like his friendship with Green Lantern, his animosity with Hawkman, his romance with Black Canary – these are all the things that sort of defined him.

— Jeff Lemire

People are roasting each other at parties, at work events, around the fire. It’s so fun. People are busting each other’s chops, and it’s a sign of affection, truly. It’s a true test of love and friendship: can you make a man laugh at himself? So what makes a good burn? Go after targets you love and respect. And hit ’em hard.

— Jeff Ross

It will give them the opportunity to show themselves worthy of the respect and friendship of peace-loving nations, and in time, to take an honorable place among members of the United Nations.

— James F. Byrnes

I think faith helps me a lot. God wants you to be where He wants you to be, and that’s where I want to be. If I do not get a part, I understand that maybe I needed to be home at that time, maybe in school there’s always a reason. My faith is also where my core friends are, at my church, a faith-based friendship.

— Jason Dolley

Lay this unto your breast: Old friends, like old swords, still are trusted best.

— John Webster

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 the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.

— Joseph Roux

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

— James Whistler

I didn’t like England. I couldn’t take the look of the place or the style of friendship. I need more intimacy from people than is considered okay there, and I felt that my personality and my enthusiasms weren’t understood. I had to put a big lid on myself.

— Jane Campion

I think friendship is more important than love, but that love that grows out of friendship is the very best of all.

— Jane Green

The building of friendship, family, community and love is complicated. We are so isolated in this country, no longer supported by tribes and villages.

— Jasmine Guy

I have enjoyed most particularly reading the correspondence between Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss. The genuine friendship, competitiveness and support that thread through their communications are life lessons for us all.

— Jessye Norman

I am deeply spiritual I revel in those things that make for good – the things that we can do to shed a little light, to help place an oft-dissonant universe back in tune with itself… Long live art, long live friendship, long live the joy of life!

— Jessye Norman

I’ve always wanted to be a mom because I want to give a kid all of the magical gifts my mom gave to me, such as love and friendship. She and I had this incredible connection that was so unbelievable.

— Jennifer Love Hewitt

Neatness begets order but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship.

— Johann Kaspar Lavater

I have a loyalty that runs in my bloodstream, when I lock into someone or something, you can’t get me away from it because I commit that thoroughly. That’s in friendship, that’s a deal, that’s a commitment. Don’t give me paper – I can get the same lawyer who drew it up to break it. But if you shake my hand, that’s for life.

— Jerry Lewis

A lot of the powerful religious leaders, from Jesus to Buddha to Tibetan monks, they’re really talking about the same things: love and acceptable, and the value of friendship, and respecting yourself so you can respect others.

— Jena Malone

I probably like being isolated more than many people do, but I’m lucky to have the friendship of many fine people, and they keep me from becoming very isolated. The world of my mind is certainly a populated and warm place, too. It’s difficult for me to become too isolated with such resources.

— Jesse Ball

It became very clear to the director that it would be foolish not to use our friendship. I had tried to talk to him about it because all the relationships in the film are so, not negative, but antagonistic. There’s not a lot of love going around.

— Jennifer Beals

I play- it’s kind of like a slice-of-life, LA women in their forties, playing forty kind of what’s their friendship like, and what’s their life like and so I just play one of the four friends.

— Joan Cusack

Working with people, the musical part is one thing but the personal part is totally different and just as critical. If the friendship is there and it’s a lasting friendship, then it will take care of itself.

— John Mayall

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.

— Jonathan Edwards

The bracelet says ‘Fear Nothing.’ It was given to me by my friends, and it was made for me and my friends during the period of time that I was going through chemotherapy. And I still wear it, because it’s a great reminder of friendship and how my buddies and others came together in my time of need.

— Joseph J. Lhota

We have to rise above bad fortune. We have to be in the good and enjoy the good, study and work and adventure and friendship and community and love.

— Joshua Prager

When I was working on my first novel, ‘The Quilter’s Apprentice,’ I knew I wanted to write about friendship, especially women’s friendship and how women use friendship to sustain themselves and nurture each other.

— Jennifer Chiaverini

Mary Lincoln provided Elizabeth Keckley with opportunities for social and economic advancement she probably had never imagined during her years as a slave, while Elizabeth offered Mary the loyal, steadfast friendship she craved but had always found so elusive.

— Jennifer Chiaverini

Happiness is understanding that friendship is more precious than mere things, more precious than getting your own way, more precious than being in situations where true principles are not at stake.

— J. Donald Walters

One look at an email can rob you of 15 minutes of focus. One call on your cell phone, one tweet, one instant message can destroy your schedule, forcing you to move meetings, or blow off really important things, like love, and friendship.

— Jacqueline Leo

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

— John Woo

The second one, the joint Truth and Friendship Commission, which we started now with Indonesia, that is the one that has been criticized its terms of reference call for providing amnesty for those who cooperate in telling the truth. It does not lead to prosecution.

— Jose Ramos-Horta

Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things that made life to me glorious – friendship and learning.

— Jane Harrison

The two most misused words in the entire English vocabulary are love and friendship. A true friend would die for you, so when you start trying to count them on one hand, you don’t need any fingers.

— Larry Flynt

A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.

— Leo Buscaglia

I got to sing with Placido Domingo… I got to sing with Aaron Neville, who is one of my favorites. Got to sing with Brian Wilson, one of the great high tenors. And Ricky Skaggs, a bluegrass tenor. I’m also proud of my musical friendship with Emmylou Harris.

— Linda Ronstadt

China-Africa relationship has a long history and is full of vitality. Since the 1950s and 1960s, our common historical experiences have brought China and Africa together, and we have forged deep friendship in our joint struggle during which we have supported each other in times of difficulty.

— Li Keqiang

When it comes to Pakistan, the first word that comes to the mind of the Chinese is ‘iron brother.’ To us Chinese, Pakistan is always a trustworthy friend who is as solid as iron. Actually, Chinese netizens refer to Pakistan as ‘Iron Pak.’ This testifies to the strength of China-Pakistan friendship.

— Li Keqiang

Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.

— Lord Byron

When the bank asks me about my assets, I include my friendship with Regis Philbin.

— Lou Holtz

A traitor is a betrayer – one who practices injury, while professing friendship. Benedict Arnold was a traitor, solely because, while professing friendship for the American cause, he attempted to injure it. An open enemy, however criminal in other respects, is no traitor.

— Lysander Spooner

There was a time when I thought dudes had friendship all figured out. The focus on eating things in front of giant screens, pretending to punch one another, competing over who can utter the grossest and most profane personal insults imaginable – this struck me as the very apex of human social exchange.

— Lynn Coady

A friend is a beloved mystery dearest always because he is not ourself, and has something in him which it is impossible for us to fathom. If it were not so, friendship would lose its chief zest.

— Lucy Larcom

I told God, ‘I don’t want a man. I don’t want more gold albums. The only thing I want is the love, friendship, and presence of my mother.’ And God gave it to me.

— La India

Because most people are not sufficiently employed in themselves, they run about loose, hungering for employment, and satisfy themselves in various supererogatory occupations. The easiest of these occupations, which have all to do with making things already made, is the making of people: it is called the art of friendship.

— Laura Riding

From the Twitter responses we got with ‘Best Friends Forever’ and the small feedback we are getting as the show is meted out, I think people are seeing themselves in the show and enjoying seeing female friendship portrayed in the way it really is.

— Lennon Parham

At the beginning of the new century, it is the common aspiration of the peoples of the two countries to deepen mutual understanding, enhance trust, develop friendship and strengthen cooperation.

— Li Peng

Israelis can be proud of the vibrant democracy that they have created, and I know that many Rhode Islanders share my deep appreciation for the close friendship between our two nations.

— Lincoln Chafee

People come in and out of our lives, and the true test of friendship is whether you can pick back up right where you left off the last time you saw each other.

— Lisa See

I want to know what it is to build the foundation of the friendship for real, to have my best friend and not because we’re just intimate, but because we’re mentally intimate. So I’m waiting for that person to come into my life.

— LisaRaye McCoy-Misick

Safe Harbor’ is a state of mind… it’s the place – in reality or metaphor – to which one goes in times of trouble or worry. It can be a friendship, marriage, church, garden, beach, poem, prayer, or song.

— Luanne Rice

I think ‘Pretty Little Liars’ is going to be hugely popular for adults, for kids, for girls, for guys, you know, something for everyone to look at, and the stories are going to be great. There’s suspense every week. The friendship is really fun to watch. I think it’s going to have something for everybody.

— Laura Leighton

I firmly believe, only because I’ve been doing this for so long, every show takes three years. 90% of them don’t get three years. It just does. It takes a long time to build a community, build a friendship with your characters. It’s hard for people to grasp on and make them care about you.

— Kaley Cuoco

Obviously, when you’re up against somebody you don’t like there’s extra motivation, but I don’t think any person going for an Olympic gold is going to put friendship first.

— Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Seth Green, he and I are trying to figure out how this all came about. Because we don’t remember what came first, the chicken or the egg, no pun intended. But I don’t remember what came first, ‘Robot Chicken’ or our friendship, because we’ve known each other for so long.

— Katee Sackhoff

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

— Katherine Mansfield

There has to be chemistry in a duet, but if you go beyond the point of friendship and attraction, you lose something.

— Kenny Rogers

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

— Khalil Gibran

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

— Khalil Gibran

Shows like ‘Sex and the City’ got women involved again in a political way. They were drawn into the personal stories of the four women who together make up one complete cosmopolitan woman. We want to have community, and the show filled that void in our lives: friendship between women.

— Kim Cattrall

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

— King Solomon

No matter what message you are about to deliver somewhere, whether it is holding out a hand of friendship, or making clear that you disapprove of something, is the fact that the person sitting across the table is a human being, so the goal is to always establish common ground.

— Madeleine Albright

Those who insist on having hostilities with us, kill and destroy the option of friendship with us in the future, which is unfortunate because it is clear the future belongs to Iran and that enmities will be fruitless.

— Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

A friend is, as it were, a second self.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

— Marcel Proust

Your Majesty may rest assured about my conduct towards the Comtesse de Provence I will certainly try and gain her friendship and confidence, without going too far.

— Marie Antoinette

When I turned about 14, I developed a friendship with this guy whose mom was the secretary to Ernest Angley, the faith healer, who’s very popular in the Midwest. He had a television show, and he was sort of like Liberace mixed with Jerry Falwell – very glitzy, very high-tech.

— Marilyn Manson

Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.

— Marilyn Monroe

I experience for the American officers and soldiers that friendship which arises from having shared with them for a length of time dangers, sufferings, and both good and evil fortune.

— Marquis de Lafayette

On the relationship side, if you teach people to respond actively and constructively when someone they care about has a victory, it increases love and friendship and decreases the probability of depression.

— Martin Seligman

I think people just like seeing friendship. I think people like seeing people who just drive each other up the wall, but at same time, can’t live without each other.

— Martin Freeman

Like any friendship or marriage, familiarity breeds more contempt, and love, and everything.

— Martin Freeman

Whenever people reach out the hand of friendship towards me, I am not going to refuse that hand.

— Martin McGuinness

If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.

— Michel de Montaigne

The fact is, with every friendship you make, and every bond of trust you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world. That is so important. So when you study abroad, you’re actually helping to make America stronger.

— Michelle Obama

It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.

— Mignon McLaughlin

Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.

— Muhammad Ali

In romance, we feel the need to zoom in and expound on our partner’s foibles in intimate detail in friendship, we tend to do the opposite, avoiding confrontation through fear, lethargy or both.

— Mariella Frostrup

I think in friendship, you want to be there for your friend, and sometimes you just don’t know what to do or the relationship you have with them is not clear enough for you to know what to do.

— Marion Cotillard

When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.

— Maria Shriver

I find that the Amazon comments often are exceptionally shrewd and insightful, so I’m not going to diss them. But you don’t really have any guarantees that what you’re reading wasn’t written out of friendship or spite.

— Michael Dirda

Conjugal love, or the friendship of spouses, can persist even after sexual desires have weakened, withered, and disappeared.

— Mortimer Adler

If one of two lovers is loyal, and the other jealous and false, how may their friendship last, for Love is slain!

— Marie de France

You are almost not free, if you are teaching a group of graduate students, to become friends with one of them. I don’t mean anything erotically charged, just a friendship.

— Marilyn Hacker

When I was growing up, my mother was always a friend to my siblings and me (in addition to being all the other things a mom is), and I was always grateful for that because I knew she was someone I could talk to and joke with, and argue with and that nothing would ever harm that friendship.

— Marlo Thomas

No doubt, the most important thing in my career was my time with Mr. Bergman, with whom I worked in so many films and also in so many stage productions, so it was a continuous working relationship and also a friendship, of course, that lasted for so many years.

— Max von Sydow

And though my Lord hath lost his estate and been banished out of his country, yet neither despised poverty nor pinching necessity could make him break the bonds of friendship or weaken his loyal duty.

— Margaret Cavendish

I had a friend where it turned out that she hated my guts, all through our friendship. I thought she was my best friend, and then, in high school, she turned on me and had sordid affairs with all of the people that I’d dated. It was less hurtful because I was in high school, so it was more like, ‘What’s wrong with you? Gross!’

— Mae Whitman

I definitely have guys that I’m friends with that I have a crush on, and you don’t want to ruin the friendship.

— Miranda Cosgrove

In closing I wish to say that while I was sorely beset by a number of white riders in my racing days, I have also enjoyed the friendship of countless thousands of white men whom I class as among my closest friends.

— Major Taylor

My book ‘Ali Pasha’ tells the true story of a young sailor Henry Friston, who, in the hell-fire of battle, forms an unusual friendship.

— Michael Foreman

Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.

— Malcolm Arnold

Friendship is inexplicable, it should not be explained if one doesn’t want to kill it.

— Max Jacob

I have a friendship with Hezbollah, and I also have contacts outside of Lebanon, but it doesn’t mean I follow anyone’s agenda.

— Najib Mikati

Even where friendship is concerned, it takes me a long time to trust people.

— Namie Amuro

Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

I’m calling my book series the ‘with God series.’ And this next ‘with God’ book is Friendship with God, which comes out in November. This books challenges us to bring about the end of ‘better’ on this planet.

— Neale Donald Walsch

As told in Friendship with God, if we simply decided to believe and act as if first, we’re all one, and second, life is eternal, it would render virtually everything we’ve done all our lives pointless.

— Neale Donald Walsch

I lend people money, but I’d never lend something that would jeopardise a friendship if I didn’t get it back.

— Paloma Faith

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.

— Paramahansa Yogananda

Friendship is also about liking a person for their failings, their weakness. It’s also about mutual help, not about exploitation.

— Paul Theroux

In 1962, I wrote a series about 42nd Street called ‘Welcome to Lostville.’ One result was that the young Bob Dylan read it and invited me to his first concert at Town Hall the result was a kind of friendship that years later led to my liner notes for ‘Blood on the Tracks.’

— Pete Hamill

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

I realized that everything I had to do I could not do on my own, and so I was almost obliged to put myself in God’s hands, to trust in Jesus who – while I wrote my book on him – I felt bound to by an old and more profound friendship.

— Pope Benedict XVI

Today, I, too, wish to reaffirm that I intend to continue on the path toward improved relations and friendship with the Jewish people, following the decisive lead given by John Paul II.

— Pope Benedict XVI

India-Seychelles relations have been characterized by close friendship, understanding and cooperation.

— Pratibha Patil

A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often – just to save it from drying out completely.

— Pam Brown

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.

— Oliver Goldsmith

But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Don’t flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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.

— Oprah Winfrey

We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.

— Orson Welles

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.

— Oscar Wilde

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

— Oscar Wilde

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.

— Oscar Wilde

I didn’t have any Indigenous friends until I was in my 30s, and I’ll always remember and be inspired by the remarkable friendship I had with Connie Bush, an outstanding Indigenous leader from Groot Eylandt on who was on the National Women’s Advisory Council with me.

— Quentin Bryce

When I read ‘Stand By Me,’ it was like, ‘This is a look back at the same time period when I was growing up, and it was about kids, but it really felt like what it was like to have those powerful feelings of friendship at age 12.’ That’s what got to me.

— Rob Reiner

To all my political opponents, all and sundry, not only the presidential bets, I would like to offer my hand to friendship.

— Rodrigo Duterte

Friendship is something that creates equality and mutuality, not a reward for finding equality or a way of intensifying existing mutuality.

— Rowan Williams

Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We come into relationships often very much identified with our needs. I need this, I need security, I need refuge, I need friendship. And all of relationships are symbiotic in that sense. We come together because we fulfill each others’ needs at some level or other.

— Ram Dass

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

— Ray Bradbury

It is impossible to preserve my friendship with people who are allegedly leaders when they are attacking their own people, shooting at them, using tanks and other forms of heavy weaponry.

— Recep Tayyip Erdogan

False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.

— Richard Burton

Mistresses’ is about the lives of four women, each going through different versions of infidelity. Their longtime friendship is what gets them through extremely challenging times.

— Rochelle Aytes

That was the day I began cutting classes and returning to TV tapings it ultimately led to a friendship with Johnny O, and an increasing fascination and respect for what he did.

— Randy West

I think I’d probably be really good friends with Hulk Hogan. I think we’d get along, and I’d, like, chill him out because he’d be all rambunctious and rowdy, and I’d be like, ‘Chill out, Hulk Hogan. Everything will be okay.’ And he’d be like, ‘Thanks, Ron.’ And then we’d form a friendship.

— Ron Funches

Friendship! Mysterious cement of the soul, Sweet’ner of life, and solder of society.

— Robert Blair

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.

— Robert Hall

A tree is known by its fruit a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

— Saint Basil

A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.

— Saint Francis de Sales

Friendships are the family we make – not the one we inherit. I’ve always been someone to whom friendship, elective affinities, is as important as family.

— Salman Rushdie

I do have a lot of time for people in my life, and friendship is a very important subject for me. I think I’m unusual among the writers I know in that respect.

— Salman Rushdie

When the Taiwan Relations Act passed in 1979, our biggest concern was preventing the use of military force against Taiwan. Little did we know that our friends on Taiwan could so effectively use the space created by our friendship to revolutionize their political system.

— Sam Brownback

Texas, with her superior natural advantages, must become a point of attraction, and the policy of establishing with her the earliest relations of friendship and commerce will not escape the eye of statesmen.

— Sam Houston

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.

— Samuel Butler

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.

— Samuel Johnson

Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.

— Samuel Johnson

The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef love, like being enlivened with champagne.

— Samuel Johnson

Sympathy constitutes friendship but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

006 was such an interesting character and the film really explored his friendship with Bond and how it all went wrong, so it was a very personal journey for both characters.

— Sean Bean

Look, I worked with American Republican presidents and Democratic presidents, all of them, and each of them has shown a deep and profound friendship to Israel, you know? I can’t remember anybody who was in that sense negative as far as Israel is concerned.

— Shimon Peres

The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead, friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when.

— Simon Sinek

A friend is an emotional bond, just like friendship is a human experience.

— Simon Sinek

One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.

— Simone de Beauvoir

To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life.

— Simone Weil

Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.

— Socrates

When you think back in history about producers and artists or writers who’ve had good synergy, a lot of times they date, or they’re married, or there’s a friendship and a kinship.

— Solange Knowles

The rules of friendship are tacit, unconscious they are not rational. In business, though, you have to think rationally.

— Steven Pinker

Success always necessitates a degree of ruthlessness. Given the choice of friendship or success, I’d probably choose success.

— Sting

All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity.

— Sallust

To like and dislike the same things, this is what makes a solid friendship.

— Sallust

All who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.

— Sallust

Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation.

— Samuel Richardson

I sacrificed a lot, in terms of friendship and family, from working so much at such a young age, but I wouldn’t be where I am if I hadn’t.

— Sasha Grey

I despise shows that present friendship where you’re always there for each other and really strong because I don’t know anyone like that. I mean, I’ve got great friends, but I can go months without seeing them because I think, ‘I just can’t deal with having to give you anything.’

— Sharon Horgan

I gave Mitt Romney some donations for his campaign because he was a friend, and friendship came first. I’ve always been a Democrat, and I’ve had different views than Mitt Romney. I’m not Mitt Romney, and I think people will realize that when they meet me out there.

— Stephen Pagliuca

Rock n’ roll as a genre is different from pop and hip hop: it is about bands, and that for me suggests brotherhood, family, friendship and community.

— Steven Van Zandt

Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life let us swear eternal friendship.

— Sydney Smith

Friendship is the complete explanation of what a Cheetah Girl is – if you have that true friendship, you can conquer anything you want.

— Sabrina Bryan

I’m friends with Taylor Swift, and I am tired of people asking me questions about our friendship. When I post a picture of us on Instagram, I’m posting a picture of me and my friend.

— Sarah Hyland

I don’t need to go onto Facebook and pretend to have friends I’ve never even met. To my mind, that kind of destroys the meaning of the word ‘friend.’ I take exception to that. Because I value and respect friendship.

— Stefanie Powers

Stretching back nearly three decades, Brian Williams and I have forged an enduring friendship. It all began in 1986 at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia and has resulted in a set of noteworthy experiences, amazing successes, and a bunch of trips to NASCAR speedways.

— Steve Capus

As I grow older, I think friendship between women is a thing to cherish.

— Susan Glaspell

Yes’m, old friends is always best, ‘less you can catch a new one that’s fit to make an old one out of.

— Sarah Orne Jewett

The lust and attraction are often a given in a romance novel – I want to dig into the elements of true friendship that form a foundation for a solid, gonna-last-forever romantic relationship.

— Suzanne Brockmann

I love the fact that so many of my readers are intelligent, exceptional, accomplished people with an open-minded love of diversity. But even more than that, I love it when my readers find lasting friendship with others of my readers – knowing that they met through their mutual affection for my books and characters makes me happy!

— Suzanne Brockmann

I love life in spite of all that mars it. I love friendship, jokes and laughter.

— Tahar Ben Jelloun

Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare – and precious as a pearl.

— Tahar Ben Jelloun

My last public performance for money was in 1967. For free, it was 1972, with the exception of two little one-shot, one-song things. But that’s just for friends, out of friendship for the people involved, and also because it was fun.

— Tom Lehrer

The enemies cannot destroy the king who has at his service the respect and friendship of the wise men who can find fault, disagree, and correct him.

— Thiruvalluvar

There is a mutual interest between Israel and the United States of America. It is more than friendship – it is friendship plus mutual interest, and it is bipartisan.

— Tzipi Livni

Things have gone beyond my wildest expectations and dreams, and I feel like I’ve been given so many blessings in my life, between my friendship with the guys in the band, our wonderful audience, being able to play this music, and then my family.

— Trey Anastasio

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.

— Thomas Jefferson

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations entangling alliances with none.

— Thomas Jefferson

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

— Thomas Aquinas

A girl does not treat a possible lover with unvarying simplicity and directness. In all its phases, love is complex friendship is not.

— Thomas Bailey Aldrich

I want to use my connections with coaches, players, celebrities, whomever, and if I can take that friendship and use it to help someone else, I’m going to take advantage of that. I’m not going to apologize for that.

— Tim Tebow

A friendship that like love is warm A love like friendship, steady.

— Thomas Moore

Came but for friendship, and took away love.

— Thomas Moore

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

— Thomas Jefferson

Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.

— Thomas Jefferson

Dad needs to show an incredible amount of respect and humor and friendship toward his mate so the kids understand their parents are sexy, they’re fun, they do things together, they’re best friends. Kids learn by example. If I respect Mom, they’re going to respect Mom.

— Tim Allen

She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.

— Toni Morrison

When David Fincher called me up a few years ago and said, ‘Hey, I’d like you to score this film ‘The Social Network,’ I said, ‘I’m flattered, but I really don’t have any real experience scoring films, and I’d rather not screw it up on a high-profile project. And I like you and I don’t want to compromise our friendship.’

— Trent Reznor
Quotes About Friendship

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