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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #1--- Friendship

Updated on September 20, 2015

Quotations on Friendship

Persons searching for the fountain of youth may find it in friendliness.

‑‑‑W.T. Atkinson, Clarksville Leaf‑Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn., June 12, 1923.

A friend is one who not only fills a want but wants to fill it.

---Lew B. Brown, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Dec. 23, 1911.

A loyal friend is one who will die by you and who will make any sacrifice in the bounds of reason to forward your interests and protect your good name.

—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 31, 1899.

If you are to keep friends you must not only act as though you were interested in them, but you must really be interested in them.

—James V. De Foe, Religious Herald, Richmond, Va., June 8, 1944.

A true friend is a shining virtue that brightens with time.

—Arthur Growden, The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Sept. 7, 1928.

Friendships mellow and grow sweeter in the wood of faithfulness.

‑‑‑W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times‑Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 27, 1922.

Anyone can make friends, but it takes personality to keep them.

‑‑‑Roy E. Gibson, Nephi Times‑News, Nephi, Utah, Aug. 15, 1957.

Make new friends, but keep one hand on the old ones.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Feb. 9, 1912.

Friendship and love and loyalty are what make life's skies blue, and he who has loyalty will keep the other two.

---Judd Mortimer Lewis, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Nov. 26, 1932.

Endurance is the test of friendship.

---J.M. Mengel, Reading Eagle, Reading, Pa., July 22, 1918.

Keeping friendships in repair isn’t good enough. They must be kept new.

—Purser Hewitt, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Jan. 28, 1956.

One of the heights of disappointment is reached when a friend of long duration drops back into the limbo of mere acquaintance.

‑‑‑Evelyn Jeane McCarty, The Prairie, Canyon, Texas, March 9, 1943.

Friends you attract are worth more than friends you seek.

---Bert Moses, Lake Charles American-Press, Lake Charles, La., Sept. 15, 1926.

A good friend is one who will correct your mistakes, prod you to greater endeavor, praise you for faithful effort.

---Floyd Poe, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 25, 1953.

Learning to know one's possible adversary often makes him a friend. Extending friendship usually creates another friend. Even if the offer of friendship is refused, one person is more mature because of his efforts. Friendship seekers do not find friends nearly as quickly as friendship givers.

-‑‑Browning Ware, Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas, May 31, 1968.

We only find real consolation in friendship of our friends after adversity has tested their sincerity.

‑‑‑Harold K. Ross, Wheeling Register, Wheeling, W.Va., Aug. 16, 1903.

He is no friend who stands by while others stand you up.

‑‑‑E.V. White, Clarendon News, Clarendon, Texas, Aug. 6, 1936.

If friends are regarded as assets only, we will soon spend them.

-‑‑George Llewellyn Rees, Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, Philadelphia, Pa., January 1908.

Wealth is exactly what we believe it to be. To some, it may mean the satisfaction of a life given over to kindly deeds and friendly acts, in which the bank of Friendship shows a substantial balance and in which the interest is paid in smiles and good thoughts.

‑‑‑Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., June 5, 1919.

I decided to make a larger number of friends and a smaller number of enemies each year. Every enemy I’ve ever had has been a liability and every friend an asset.

---Pierce Harris, Rome News-Tribune, Rome, Ga., Oct. 1, 1952.

Your friends will influence your course of life; they will pull you down or lift you up; therefore choose them carefully. It is better to have no friends than bad ones.

—John A. Widtsoe, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 1937.

The essence of friendship is fellowship, fellowship in ideal and sympathy in thought.

‑‑‑L.D. Young, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 2, 1925.

It is well to point out the fact that friendliness does cost. Everything that is worth anything costs. If it did not cost it would be valueless. And yet there are many that are ready to take friendship, if they can get it, for nothing, but who repudiate it as soon as its cost is apparent. Such sponges on friendship get nothing out of it and do not deserve to. The giving of life for friendship is a common occurrence, as common, at least, as friendship is, for friendship is life. If we do not give friendship for life, we get no life from it. It is give and take between friendship and us. If we give friendship for life, if we put our life into friendship, we get back again in magnificent measure.

‑‑‑E.S. Wagner, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., March 1, 1925.

The gate to true friendship is unselfish affection. Sincerity is its guard. Confidence and trust, its life. Only great characters are capable of friendship. Make yourself capable. Strive for it. Without friendship the soul shrinks. Consider life wasted if you have never been a good friend to someone.

‑‑‑Wilfred G. Hurley, Intermountain Catholic, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 20, 1938.

Friendship is a blessing that comes into our lives as a stream of joy in prosperity and as a cup of strength in days of adversity. Friendship is not a thing of a day, but it is something that exists with constancy and fidelity. Something goes out of a man's life when he loses a friend. Let us value our friends with a greater degree of appreciation.

‑‑‑Robert E. Goodrich, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Sept. 5, 1927.

One of the most meaningful gestures of friendship is the handshake. When you pass another person on the street, a person whom you know and whose friendship you prize highly, how about stopping for a moment and shaking his hand? Nothing could be more important than sustaining the ties of friendship with good people. It takes only a few seconds to stop, shake his hand, enquire of his family, wish him well, and then pass on. Try it today. When you shake the hand of a friend, be sure your heart is in it. You don’t have to pump his hand off at the elbow to indicate friendship, but for friendship’s sake don’t give a handshake that is cold and lifeless. Make your friend feel you are glad to see him. Don’t start telling him about all your woes and ailments as you hold onto his hand tenaciously. But at least give him the impression that you are glad to have him as a friend and are proud of the privilege of being his friend.

—Kenneth W. Copeland, San Antonio Express, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 13, 1960.

A friend is a bank of credit on which we can draw supplies of confidence, counsel, sympathy, help and love.

A friend is one who considers my need before my deservings.

A friend is the triple alliance of the three great powers, love, sympathy and help.

A friend is one who understands our silence.

A friend is a jewel whose lustre the strong acids of poverty and misfortune cannot dim.

A friend is one who, gaining the top of the ladder, won't forget you if you remain at the bottom.

A friend is the holly of life, whose qualities are overshadowed in the summer of prosperity, but blossom forth in the winter of adversity.

A friend is a watch which beats true of all time, and never "runs down."

A friend is an earthly minister of heavenly happiness.

A friend is like ivy–the greater the ruin, the closer he clings.

A friend is one who to himself is true, and therefore must be to you.

Taylor County News, Abilene, Texas, Nov. 11, 1892.

Friendship is based on the recognition of fine character in each other. A true friend will help in developing your character as no other one thing can do.

—L.E. Alford, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., July 24, 1948.

How many of us associate with the right kind of people–the kind of people who take pressure off ourselves? You can take a great deal of pressure off yourself by associating with the right kind of people. Make a commitment to be a good friend and take pressure off your buddies.

—Gifford Nielsen, Beauregard Daily News, DeRidder, La., Feb. 27, 1990.

In the world we will find many acquaintances but few friends. Friendship is an art that should be cultivated like music, painting and sculpture. It means long training of the heart and soul. It means openness and candor, steadfastness and sympathy. A good friend is indeed a lamp that guides to a safe path in distress and storm.

—Harry Weiss, The Jewish Voice, St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 2, 1914.

A friend is one to whom you may be yourself, bare your very soul, be just what you really are, do not have to be on your guard, can say what you think, make confessions, because all your faults are dissolved in the cream of a friend’s loyalty.

—Vera Wise, The Daily Herald, Biloxi, Miss., Aug. 31, 1942.

A friend will never ask his friends to do anything that will embarrass them or cause them pain or suffering.

—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Aug. 31, 1949.

Promises will get you friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 16, 1920.

There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.

—Charles B. Austin, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, June 8, 1913.

One of the real tests of friendship is our reaction to another's success. When we speak of another as our friend and yet find ourselves tending to belittle his success or resentful of it, we are not truly friendly. If another man is irritated by your good fortune, you cannot count on the reality of his regard.

—Grove H. Patterson, Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wis., April 8, 1930.

Friends are made and held by appreciation, for friendship is appreciation.

—Joseph Cummings Chase, American Magazine, Springfield, Ohio, August 1932.

Don't make new friends–make new friendships.

—Emmet Rodwell Calhoun, Louisville Times, Louisville, Ky., Jan. 28, 1905.

No man is useless if he has a friend.

—Cal Farley, Boys Ranch Roundup, Amarillo, Texas, August 1960.

Friendship is a noble thing. Friends in the hour of adversity and deep sorrow are a bulwark of faith and love. In times of doubt and weakness, when the sun seems hidden by the clouds, friendship shines through the gloom and bids us good cheer. There are many lonely souls who ought not to be neglected. Some simple qualities keep friendship in repair. We ought not neglect them at all. Consistent consideration of others, our delight in their activities, a letter, a call in person or on the telephone often means the difference between despair and delight.

—Marshall S. Burns, Crowley Daily Signal, Crowley, La., Oct. 11, 1941.

Here is an argument for the real value of friends: They actually do us good. They are just like money in the bank. After an evening of good talk with people who like to have you express yourself freely, you are worth more to yourself. Friends, like money in the bank. They are just that; they make you richer and happier and more self-confident.

—J.U. Eldredge, Jr., Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Dec. 25, 1925.

Friendship without any heart in it soon ceases to be friendship.

—Clarence T. Brown, Salt Lake Herald, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 15, 1894.

Friendship is a challenge, searching down into what one has been. Its basis is moral sincerity and it is in this phase of personal relationship that we exert our deepest influence. For deep friendship there must be a wide range of common interests. The more different two people are, the more they have to give each other. Common experience is a bond of friendship.

—Edward Howard Griggs, The Prairie, Canyon, Texas, July 10, 1922.

There can be no true friendship without a certain amount of sympathy, born of likeness, born of sincerity, along lines of thought, honor and intelligence.

—H.R.R. Hertzberg, Austin Daily Statesman, Austin, Texas, June 14, 1905.

True friendship spontaneously demands of its own unselfish nature, that friends be devoted and committed to each other, that friends grow through mutual sacrifices in honest love for each other, that this love of friendship surpass the limits of law and ordinance and break into open and endless fields of service and helpfulness.

—Joseph A. Hughes, North-Central Louisiana Register, Alexandria, La., Jan. 21, 1966.

We always succeed when we seek our wages in the happiness of our friends.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 16, 1932.

A friend is one who expects to find all the virtues in us, for he inspires to virtue by his expectation.

—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, June 23, 1930.

Our ability to give help without condescension is the trademark of true friendship.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., April 18, 1930.

A friend makes allowances for our shortcomings; an enemy enlarges upon them and overlooks whatsoever minor virtues we may possess.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., May 23, 1940.

Like a gate, we must keep the hinges of friendship well oiled with neighborly deeds.

Maury Democrat, Columbia, Tenn., Jan. 19, 1944.

Friendship, that splendid trait about any man, has the skill and observation of the best physician, the diligence and vigilance of the nurse, and the tenderness and patience of the best mother.

Scott County News, Oneida, Tenn., Dec. 9, 1927.

If you were someone else, how would you want to be friends with you?

Harlem News, Harlem, Mont., April 17, 1953.


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