Friendship Quotes

One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
– George Santayana
One sure way to lose another woman's friendship is to try to improve her flower arrangements.
– Marcelene Cox
One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
One of the great things personally coming to Hawai'i is my friendship of Jim Nicholson.
– Dan Fouts
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
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
Nobody ever chooses the already unfortunate as objects of his loyal friendship.
– Lucan
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
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
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
– Chanakya
Never be afraid to meet to the hilt the demand of either work, or friendship - two of life's major assets.
– Eleanor Robson Belmont
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
My reputation is too important to put it aside for purposes of some friendship. We have a job to do.
– Stephanie Tubbs Jones
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
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
My inspiration are the woman, friendship, and loneliness.
– Enrique Iglesias
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
Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
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
Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life let us swear eternal friendship.
– Sydney Smith
Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I've ever thought I'd have.
– Ernie Banks
Lovers have a right to betray you... friends don't.
– Judy Holliday
Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.
– Anton Chekhov
Love is flower like Friendship is like a sheltering tree.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Love is a friendship set to music.
– Joseph Campbell
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
Love and friendship exclude each other.
– Jean de la Bruyere
Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting.
– Eustace Budgell
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
Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
– Khalil Gibran
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
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
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
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
India-Seychelles relations have been characterized by close friendship, understanding and cooperation.
– Pratibha Patil
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
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
In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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
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
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
If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
– Michel de Montaigne
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
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
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
I've got many close friends, but there's an awful lot about friendship that is not demonstrative in my case.
– Warren Christopher
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
I would like to raise my glass to friendship between Russia and the United States.
– Richard Lugar
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
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
I think the way to keep a friendship is to respect that everybody is different.
– Emma Bunton
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
I love life in spite of all that mars it. I love friendship, jokes and laughter.
– Tahar Ben Jelloun
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
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 hope to continue my friendship with France and its filmmakers for many years to come.
– Harvey Weinstein
I have a very close friendship with the skaters.
– Eric Heiden
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
I had three chairs in my house one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
– Henry David Thoreau
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 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
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 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
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 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
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
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
He who hath many friends hath none.
– Aristotle
Great is the victory, but the friendship of all is greater.
– Emil Zatopek
General benevolence, but not general friendship, made a man what he ought to be.
– Jane Austen
Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used.
– Elbert Hubbard
Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions.
– Samuel Johnson
Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life.
– James F. Byrnes
Friendship's the privilege of private men for wretched greatness knows no blessing so substantial.
– Nahum Tate
Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.
– Lord Byron
Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.
– Robert Staughton Lynd
Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.
– Elie Wiesel
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
Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.
– Kenneth Branagh
Friendship is mutual blackmail elevated to the level of love.
– Robin Morgan
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
Friendship is held to be the severest test of character.
– Charles Eastman
Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another people are friends in spots.
– George Santayana
Friendship is also about liking a person for their failings, their weakness. It's also about mutual help, not about exploitation.
– Paul Theroux
Friendship is a very taxing and arduous form of leisure activity.
– Mortimer Adler
Friendship is a wildly underrated medication.
– Anna Deavere Smith
Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.
– Augustine Birrell
Friendship has its illusions no less than love.
– Stendhal
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 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
Friendship and money: oil and water.
– Mario Puzo
Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.
– Herman Melville