Friendship Quotes

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
– Katherine Mansfield
To all of our friends in Irish-America and beyond, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude. Whenever we needed your friendship and encouragement, you were there for us.
– Mary McAleese
A friendship that like love is warm; A love like friendship, steady.
– Thomas Moore
There is an important difference between love and friendship. While the former delights in extremes and opposites, the latter demands equality.
– Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon
She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.
– Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belize and the Republic of China in 1989, Taiwan has been good to Belize. Over the years, the ties of friendship have been strengthened through a dynamic technical agricultural mission and economic cooperation in the housing and infrastructural development, trade, investment and tourism promotion.
– Said Musa
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?
– Anais Nin
Science will never be able to reduce the value of a sunset to arithmetic. Nor can it reduce friendship or statesmanship to a formula.
– Louis Orr
There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.
– Edgar Allan Poe
I see a montage of all the world's cultures and differences, beautifully distinct yet now entwined in a quilt of solidarity and friendship.
– William Porter Payne
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Love is friendship set on fire.
– Jeremy Taylor
The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
– Mark Twain
It is not what you give your friend, but what you are willing to give him that determines the quality of friendship.
– Mary Dixon Thayer
The Way of a Warrior is based on humanity, love, and sincerity; the heart of martial valor is true bravery, wisdom, love, and friendship. Emphasis on the physical aspects of warriorship is futile, for the power of the body is always limited.
– Morihei Ueshiba
Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.
– Voltaire
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
– Orson Welles
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
– Oscar Wilde
I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something.
– Woodrow Wilson
My films are always concerned with family, friendship, honor, and patriotism.
– John Woo
Happiness is understanding that friendship is more precious than mere things, more precious than getting your own way, more precious than being in situations where true principles are not at stake.
– J. Donald Walters
Time for work - yet take much holiday for art's and friendship's sake.
– George de Wilde
There’s a miracle of friendship that
dwells within the heart
And you don’t know how it happens
or where it gets its start
But the happiness it brings you
always gives a special lift
Any you realize that friendship
Is God’s most perfect gift.
– Anonymous
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
– Muhammad Ali
Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
I do not comprehend those rules of conduct that make us so content with self and so cold to those we love. I detest prudence, I even hate (suffer me to say so) those duties of friendship which substitute propriety for interest, and circumspection for feeling. How shall I say it? I love the abandonment to impulse, I act from impulse only, and I love to madness that others do the same by me.
– Julie-Jeanne-Eleonore de Lespinasse
True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
– Joseph Addison
Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
– Jane Austen
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
– Sir Francis Bacon
It isn't kind to cultivate a friendship just so one will have an audience.
– Lawana Blackwell
He removes the greatest ornament of friendship, who takes away from it respect.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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
Do you know what friendship is... it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand.
– Victor Hugo
Love will enter cloaked in friendship's name.
– Ovid
Adversity is the touchstone of friendship.
– French Proverb
A hedge between keeps friendship green.
– German Proverb
When someone allows you to bear his burdens, you have found deep friendship.
– Real Live Preacher
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.
– Bertrand Russell
To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship.
– Sallust
Friendship is constant in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love:
Therefore all hearts in love use their own tongues;
Let every eye negotiate for itself
And trust no agent.
– William Shakespeare
I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State; and as for the man who sets private friendship above the public welfare - I have no use for him either.
– Sophocles
Never refuse any advance of friendship, for if nine out of ten bring you nothing, one alone may repay you.
– Madame de Tencin
Your experiences will be yours alone. But truth and best friendship will rarely if ever disappoint you.
– Anne Lamott
Things have gone beyond my wildest expectations and dreams, and I feel like I've been given so many blessings in my life, between my friendship with the guys in the band, our wonderful audience, being able to play this music, and then my family.
– Trey Anastasio
The ideal of all Kosovo is membership in the E.U. and a permanent friendship with the United States. I believe and I am convinced our dreams will come true.
– Atifete Jahjaga
The Bush Administration's failure to be consistently involved in helping Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians has been both wrong for our friendship with Israel, as well as badly damaging to our standing in the Arab world.
– Barack Obama
The beginning of a friendship, the fact that two people out of the thousands around them can meet and connect and become friends, seems like a kind of magic to me. But maintaining a friendship requires work. I don't mean that as a bad thing. Good art requires work as well.
– Charles de Lint
Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example?
– Dennis Prager
My second husband believed I had such a fickle attitude to friendship that each Friday he would update the list of my 'Top Ten' friends in the manner of a Top Of The Pops chart countdown.
– Julie Burchill
Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.
– Malcolm Arnold
Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.
– Samuel Johnson
I'm single, footloose and fancy free, I have no responsibilities, no anchors. Work, friendship and self-improvement, that's me.
– Joel Edgerton
From an early age I didn't buy into the value systems of working hard in a nine-to-five job. I thought creativity, friendship and loyalty and pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable was much more interesting.
– Adam Clayton
Friendship is something that creates equality and mutuality, not a reward for finding equality or a way of intensifying existing mutuality.
– Rowan D. Williams
Friendship is held to be the severest test of character. It is easy, we think, to be loyal to a family and clan, whose blood is in your own veins.
– Charles Alexander Eastman
Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.
– Marilyn Monroe
Because most people are not sufficiently employed in themselves, they run about loose, hungering for employment, and satisfy themselves in various supererogatory occupations. The easiest of these occupations, which have all to do with making things already made, is the making of people: it is called the art of friendship.
– Laura Riding
Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.
– John Wooden
Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
– Socrates
Bad faith likes discourse on friendship and loyalty.
– Mason Cooley
All who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.
– Sallust
All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity.
– Sallust