45 Quotes about Friendship

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The ages have blessed us with no shortage of famous quotes about friendship. In this hub, there are 45 of the best famous quotes about friendship ever spoken. Enjoy this friendship quotes, and if you have quotes on friendship of your own, please share them in the comments section below! A person can never have too many words of wisdom on such an important topic.


"Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." -Seneca

"I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends." -Walt Whitman

"We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them." -Thucydides

"Hey, Dennis, this is Mike! Kick me, please! I'll settle for the price of a set of golf clubs." -Mike Royko

"The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him." -Cyril Connolly

"Why one man rather than another? It was odd. You find yourself involved with a fellow for life just because he was the one that you met when you were nineteen." -Simone de Beauvoir

"To the house of a friend if you're pleased to retire, You must all things admit, you must all things admire; You must pay with observance the price of your treat, You must eat what is praised, and must praise what you eat." -George Crabbe

"Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time." -Georgia O'Keeffe

"The best advisers, helpers and friends, always are not those who tell us how to act in special cases, but who give us, out of themselves, the ardent spirit and desire to act right, and leave us then, even through many blunders, to find out what our own form of right action is." -Phillip Brooks

"Being friendless taught me how to be a friend. Funny how that works." -Colleen Wainwright

"So long as we love, we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend." -Robert Louis Stevenson

"Sometimes the measure of friendship isn't your ability to not harm but your capacity to forgive the things done to you and ask forgiveness for your own mistakes." -Randy K. Milholland

"It isn't kind to cultivate a friendship just so one will have an audience." -Lawana Blackwell

"Friends made fast seldom remain fast." -Austin O'Malley

"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

"If I were to name the three most precious resources of life, I should say books, friends, and nature; and the greatest of these, at least the most constant and always at hand, is nature." -John Burroughs

"There isn't much better in this life than finding a way to spend a few hours in conversation with people you respect and love. You have to carve this time out of your life because you aren't really living without it." -Real Live Preacher

"In order to have friends, you must first be one." -Elbert Hubbard

"Turns out not where but who you're with that really matters." -Dave Matthews Band

"Friends are the greatest labor and the greatest reward." -Jason Zebehazy

"Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you." -Elbert Hubbard

"Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends." -Czech Proverb

"May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty." -Irish Proverb

"The more arguments you win, the less friends you will have." -African-american Proverb

"The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends." -Cicero

"Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy - for friendship's sake." -William Blake

"Never refuse any advance of friendship, for if nine out of ten bring you nothing, one alone may repay you." -Madame de Tencin

"Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust." -Jesse Owens

"Friends are like fiddle strings; they must not be screwed too tight." -H. G. Bohn

"I would rather have five energetic and competent enemies than one fool friend." -Edward G. Bulwer-lytton

"Who is the bravest hero? He who turns his enemy into a friend." -Hebrew Proverb

"No enemy is so annoying as one who was a friend, or still is a friend, and there are many more of these than one would suspect." -William Saroyan

"Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing." -Elie Wiesel

"One man with 100 loyal friends is a lot stronger than one man with 1000 dead enemies, but only the former knows it, and only the latter cares." -Gregory Wallace Campbell

"The advice of friends must be received with a judicious reserve; we must not give ourselves up to it and follow it blindly, whether right or wrong." -Pierre Charron

"The Framers [of the Constitution] knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny." -Hugo Black

"To find a friend, one must close one eye; to keep him, two." -George Norman Douglas

"Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love." -Dr. Thomas Fuller

"To have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it." -Homer

"To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship." -Sallust

"I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better." -Plutarch

"It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship." -Henry Ward Beecher

"You can forget a lot of things, but you cannot forget a woman's name and claim to love her." -Real Live Preacher

"Strangers are just friends waiting to happen." -Rod Mckuen

"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company." -George Washington

"Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time." -Georgia O'Keeffe

"People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die." -Plato

"Have no friends not equal to yourself." -Confucius

"Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods." -Aristotle

"I've learned that all a person has in life is family and friends. If you lose those, you have nothing, so friends are to be treasured more than anything else in the world." -Trey Parker and Matt Stone

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