Friendship Quotes

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

When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.
– Maria Shriver
Friends are born, not made.
– Henry B. 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 B. Adams
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
Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.
– Amos Bronson Alcott
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
Friendship is essentially a partnership.
– Aristotle
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
– Aristotle
Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
– Honore de Balzac
The best time to make friends is before you need them.
– Ethel Barrymore
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
Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one.
– Henry Ward Beecher
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
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
– William Blake
Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.
– Joseph Brodsky
If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.
– Charlotte Bronte
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
Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
– Anita Brookner
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
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 Bulwer-Lytton
A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.
– Leo Buscaglia
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
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
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
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
The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
– 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
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
Friendship, of itself a holy tie,Is made more sacred by adversity.
– Charles Caleb Colton
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
– Confucius
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.
– Confucius
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
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
No one person can possibly combine all the elements supposed to make up what everyone means by friendship.
– Francis Marion Crawford
It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
– Marlene Dietrich
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.
– Thomas A. Edison
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
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.
– Epicurus
Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.
– Euripides
Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.
– John Evelyn
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
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
– Henry Ford
The steady discipline of intimate friendship with Jesus results in men becoming like Him.
– Harry Emerson Fosdick
Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
– Benjamin Franklin
If you have one true friend you have more than your share.
– Dr. Thomas Fuller
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
– Kahlil Gibran
Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
– Oliver Goldsmith
Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.
– Baltasar Gracian
A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.
– Arnold H. Glasow
Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.
– Francesco Guicciardini
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
Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.
– Dag Hammarskjold
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 Harding
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
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
Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.
– George Herbert
Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Instead of loving your enemies - treat your friends a little better.
– Edward W. Howe
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.
– Edward 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.
– Edgar Watson Howe
The little trouble in the world that is not due to love is due to friendship.
– Edgar Watson Howe
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
Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
– Elbert Hubbard
The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
– Elbert Hubbard
Friendship is inexplicable, it should not be explained if one doesn't want to kill it.
– Max Jacob
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
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
A hug is like a boomerang - you get it back right away.
– Bil Keane
Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
– Charles Lamb
Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
– C. S. Lewis
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
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
– Abraham Lincoln
The most deadly fruit is borne by the hatred which one grafts on an extinguished friendship.
– Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
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
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
Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.
– Shirley MacLaine
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 one mind in two bodies.
– Mencius
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
All lasting business is built on friendship.
– Alfred A. Montapert
Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.
– Charles de Montesquieu
The sacrifices of friendship were beautiful in her eyes as long as she was not asked to make them.
– Hector Hugh Munro
Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
– George Jean Nathan
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
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
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
Show me a genuine case of platonic friendship, and I shall show you two old or homely faces.
– Austin O'Malley
Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love.
– Charles Peguy
A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
– William Penn
Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends.
– Samuel Pepys
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