A true friend is one soul in two bodies. - Aristotle


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Quotes About Friends and Friendship


Value friendship for what there is in it,
not for what can be gotten out of it.

H. Clay Trumbull

One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.
Henry Adams

Friendship is the soul's heaven.
A. Bronson Alcott

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

Be gracious to all men, but choose the best to be your friends.

Friendship needs no words--it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
Dag Hammarskjold

A friend is one who dislikes the same people you dislike.

Sincerity, truth, faithfulness, come into the very essence of friendship.
William Ellery

There is no surer bond of friendship than an identity of community of ideas and tastes.

We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends behave to us.

Friendship, like phosphorus, shines brightest when all around is dark.

A single real friend is a treasure worth more than gold or precious stones.
C. D. Prentice

Friends are like melons. You may try fifty before you find a good one.
Claude Mermet

We must listen to our friends, especially when they are not saying much, and be attentive to all expressions of their secret person.
Ignace Lepp

Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.
Baltasar Gracian

Difference of opinion was never, with me, a motive of separation from a friend.
Thomas Jefferson

A true friend is the most precious of all possessions and the one we take the least thought about acquiring.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.
Publilius Syrus

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

Pleasant words win many friends, and an affable manner makes acquaintance easy.
Ecclesiasticus 6:5, New English Bible

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

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 people interested in you.
Arnold Bennett

Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.

It is the friends that you can call at 4 a.m. that matter.
Marlene Dietrich

Let friendship creep gently to a height; if it rush to it, it may soon run itself out of breath.
Thomas Fuller

True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd.
Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.
Alexander Pope

In prosperity it is very easy to find a friend; in adversity, nothing is so difficult.

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

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


Friendship makes prosperity more brilliant,
and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it.


Hold a true friend with both your hands.
Nigerian Proverb

Tell me your friends, and I'll tell you who you are.
Assyrian Proverb

The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.
Mark Twain

Go often to the house of thy friend,
for weeds choke the unused path.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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