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The imaginary friends I had as a kid dropped me because their friends thought I didn't exist. Aaron Machado

The better part of one's life consists of his friendships. Abraham Lincoln

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

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; don't walk behind me, I may not lead; walk beside me, and just be my friend. Albert Camus

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives. Alexandre Dumas

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, while he who has one enemy shall meet him everywhere. Ali bin Abi Talib

Each friend represents a world in us; a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only in meeting them that a new world is born. Ana´s Nin

Make new friends but keep the old ones; one is silver and the other's gold. Anonymous Author

A good friend remembers what we were and sees what we can be. Anonymous Author

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. Anonymous Author

A friendship is one soul living in two bodies. Anonymous Author

A friend is known when needed. Arabian proverb

Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods. Aristotle

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. Aristotle

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle

Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants and to supplement their failing power of action; to those in the prime of life, to assist them to noble deeds. Aristotle

It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality. Arnold Bennett

You will make more friends in a week by getting yourself interested in other people than you can in a year by trying to get other people interested in you. Arnold Bennett

Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to. Arnold Glasow

Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most. Babe Didrikson Zaharias

It destroys one's nerves to be amiable everyday to the same human being. Benjamin Disraeli

There are three great friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money. Benjamin Franklin

We have been friends together in sunshine and in shade. Caroline Norton

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

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. Charles Caleb Colton

One discovers a friend by chance, and cannot but feel regret that 20 or 30 years of life may have been spent without the least knowledge of him. Charles Dudley Warner

When we hurt each other we should write it down in the sand, so the winds of forgiveness can make it go away for good. When we help each other we should chisel it in stone, lest we never forget the love of a friend. Christian H. Godefroy

Friendship was given by nature to be an assistant to virtue, not a companion to vice. Cicero

Have no friends not equal to yourself. Confucius

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

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

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

I would rather have a million friends than a million dollars. Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

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

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

He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more; He who loses faith, loses all. Eleanor Roosevelt

Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. Eleanor Roosevelt

It's the little things that matter, that add up in the end, with the priceless thrilling magic found only in a friend. Elizabeth Dunphy

My friends are my estate. Emily Dickinson

There is no friend as loyal as a book. Ernest Hemingway

We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them. Evelyn Waugh

The real test of friendship is: Can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy together those moments of life that are utterly simple? They are the moments people looks back on at the end of life and number as their most sacred experiences. Eugene Kennedy

I hate it in friends when they come too late to help. Euripides

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. Euripides

A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. Fr. Jerome Cummings

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

The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself. George Bernard Shaw

Friendship is Love without his wings! George Gordon, Lord Byron

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

Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy. On the contrary, in friendship union is more about ideal things: and in that sense it is more ideal and less subject to trouble than marriage is. George Santayana

Friends are born, not made. Henry Adams

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. Henry David Thoreau

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this? Henry David Thoreau

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me! Henry Ford

When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat. Henry Miller

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean 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. 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 now knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude

Friends are treasures. Horace Burns

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx

Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspired. Homer

Good friends are good for your health. Irwin Sarason

In a friend you find a second self. Isabelle Norton

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

It takes a long time to grow an old friend. John Leonard

Our friends should be companions who inspire us, who help us rise to our best. Joseph B. Wirthlin

And let your best be for your friend. If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also. For what is your friend that your should seek with him hours to kill? Seek with him always hours to live. For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness. And in the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter, and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. Kahlil Gibran

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. Kahlil Gibran (See quotation above)

There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend. Katherine Hathaway

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. Kahlil Gibran

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Latin Proverb

My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life. Lee Iacocca

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

Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness. Lois L. Kaufman

Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret. Marlene Dietrich

Though friendship is not quick to burn, it is explosive stuff. May Sarton

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. Mencius

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen. To become a good man, one must have faithful friends, or outright enemies. Napoleon

Hold a true friend with both your hands. Nigerian Proverb

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

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

Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success. Oscar Wilde

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

I keep my friends as misers do their treasures, because, of all things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship. Pietro Aretino

Friends have all things in common. Plato

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

Do not assume that she who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. Her life may also have much sadness and difficulty, that remains far beyond yours. Were it otherwise, she would never have been able to find these words. Rainer Maria Rilke

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is a person before whom I may think aloud. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with the roughest courage. When they are real, they are not glass threads or frost-work, but the solidest thing we know. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only way to have a friend is to be one. Ralph Waldo Emerson

My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today. Richard Adams, Watership Down

Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes is certain for those who are friends. Richard Bach, in Illusions

Never exaggerate your faults. Your friends will attend to that. Robert C.Edwards

A friend is a gift you give yourself. Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. Samuel Butler

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

Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Samuel Paterson

Some birds aren't meant to be caged, their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up, does rejoice. I guess I just miss my friend. Shawshank Redemption

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession. Sophocles

Life without a friend is like death without a witness. Spanish Proverb

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. St. Basil, Greek religious leader

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

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. Sydney Smith

True friendship brings sunshine to the shade, and shade to the sunshine. Thomas Burke

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

No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy. Thomas Fuller

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

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

I have never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friendship. Thomas Jefferson

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

Where there are friends, there is wealth. Titus Muccius Plautus

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. Virginia Woolf, Bernard, in The Waves, 1931; repr. 1943, p. 189

When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character. W. Somerset Maugham

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

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. Walter Winchell

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

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

You cannot be friends upon any other terms than upon the terms of equality. Woodrow Wilson

Money will buy you a bed, but not a good night's sleep, a house but not a home, a companion but not a friend. Zig Ziglar


Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx