Friendship Quotes

Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.
– Francesco Petrarch
Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
– Titus Maccius Plautus
I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
– Plutarch
Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.
– Titus Maccius Plautus
That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end.
– Francis Quarles
If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
– John D. Rockefeller
Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.
– Margaret Lee Runbeck
Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.
– Jeremy Taylor
Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.
– Henry David Thoreau
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
– Henry David Thoreau
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
– Henry David Thoreau
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
– Alice Walker
To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life.
– Simone Weil
I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
– Walt Whitman
All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox
He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
– Oscar Wilde
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
– Oscar Wilde
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
Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.
– William Wycherley
A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.
– Len Wein
Friendship's the wine of life: but friendship new... is neither strong nor pure.
– Edward Young
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. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
– Marcel Proust
The friendship that can cease has never been real.
– Saint Jerome
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. 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
You've got to reach a hand of friendship across the aisle and across philosophies in this country.
– Joe Biden
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
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
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
When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
– W. Somerset Maugham
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Value your friendship. Value your relationships.
– Barbara Bush
True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks.
– St. Jerome
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
True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
– Henry David Thoreau
True friends stab you in the front.
– Oscar Wilde
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
To some it may be a thrill to be known, to me it's a thrill to start a friendship even up.
– Christopher Knight
To like and dislike the same things, this is what makes a solid friendship.
– Sallust
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
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
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
Time makes friendship stronger, but love weaker.
– Jean de la Bruyere
Throughout its history, the international Olympic Committee has struggled to spread its ideal of fraternity, friendship, peace and universal understanding.
– Juan Antonio Samaranch
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
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
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
There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
– Chanakya
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.
There is a scarcity of friendship, but not of friends.
– Dr. Thomas Fuller
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
There has to be chemistry in a duet, but if you go beyond the point of friendship and attraction, you lose something.
– Kenny Rogers
There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.
– William Hazlitt
The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.
– Giotto di Bondone
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
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
The rare few, who, early in life have rid themselves of the friendship of the many.
– James Whistler
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
The joys of friendship inert the heart and fizzy home bouncing jubilantly with laughter-buttered love.
– Bradley Chicho
The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.
– Anne-Sophie Swetchine
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
The friendship we share grows amidst the craggy rock pond reeds of water spray fireflies scented with bonfires.
– Bradley Chicho
The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes.
– Sallust
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
The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef love, like being enlivened with champagne.
– 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
The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another's little lapses.
– David Storey
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
The differences between friends cannot but reinforce their friendship.
– Mao Zedong
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
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
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
Success always necessitates a degree of ruthlessness. Given the choice of friendship or success, I'd probably choose success.
– Sting
Some people are willing to betray years of friendship just to get a little bit of the spotlight.
– Lauren Conrad
So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.
– Helen Keller
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
Sixth grade was a big time, in my childhood, of hoops and friendship, and coming up with funny things.
– Adam Sandler
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
Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, makes someone a friend.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare - and precious as a pearl.
– Tahar Ben Jelloun
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
Plunderous is the palate I gift to you, openly I hug the universe of our friendship expanding its outer limit.
– Bradley Chicho
Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.
– Oliver Goldsmith
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
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
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
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
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations entangling alliances with none.
– Thomas Jefferson
Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
– Thomas Jefferson
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
Opposition is true friendship.
– William Blake