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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #77 - Friendship

Updated on September 18, 2015

Quotations on Friendship

What are your possessions?

You have some clothes, a pocket knife, a few books, perhaps a nag and a few tools and some “prospects” of inheriting something that your parents have earned.

And you have yourself—strong hands, an excitable heart, and a few ideas, which are precious, far more precious, than anything else that is yours.

But next to your precious ideas you must count your friends. True friends can help you to get ideas, and can help you live to the best ideas you have.

Friends are not merely to give us pleasure for the moment but to give us inspiration, wisdom, through life.

Our earliest friends are often our best friends, but before we get settled down in life it is important to make a good many friends, friends of many kinds, and from many places. Through long coming years, friends will help each other in all things that are good.

---William Goodell Frost, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., Dec. 20, 1917.

Never forsake a friend.

When enemies gather around, when sickness falls on the heart, when the world is dark and cheerless, it is the time to try true friendship.

Those who turn from the scene of distress, betray their hypocrisy and prove that interest only moves them.

If you have a friend who loves you, who has studied your interest and happiness, be sure to sustain him in his adversity. Let him feel that his former kindness is appreciated and his love not thrown away.

Real fidelity may be rare, but it exists—in the heart.

They only deny its worth and power who have never loved a friend, or labored to make one happy.

The good and the kind, the affectionate and the virtuous, see and feel the hearty influence.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Feb. 26, 1911.

Friendship, charity and benevolence bear one another’s burdens. The best test of these tenets is that which comes to the rescue of the weaker and in kindly tones help him to become strong and this manifests the impulses of a higher and better spirit, putting to shame that harshness that would blast every better effort in order to true living. True friendship lasts through all the changing scenes of time, extending its influence to all. When the friendship thus professed does not reach the limits of confidence in a brother it is not [true] friendship.

---George E. Barnaby, Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, Mont., June 14, 1897.

We need friendships in this life. We cannot have many friends, however, unless we learn to reciprocate kindness, or as a great man put it: “We must keep our friendships in constant repair.” It is never a one-way street. Obligations must be accepted by both parties.

Friendship is usually based on common denominations—mutual ideals, mutual understanding, mutual purposes, and mutual respect.

Friendship is a golden cord that ties hearts together. It is life’s greatest gift and life’s greatest need. Without the gift of friendship all other gifts pale into insignificance.

Friendship is something we cannot receive without giving. “If a man would have friends he must show himself friendly.” It is something that enriches life. Friendship takes the gray out of our skies and keeps our sun shining.

Friendship gives the incentive to do our best and be our best. It develops sympathy and a sense of obligation. Friendship leads to a life of sharing our thoughts, ideals, aspirations and personalities. It will pay us to give more time to the making of friends, for if we fail there nothing else matters. Friendship is life.

---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., June 17, 1948.

When the seal of friendship is engraved on the heart, there is raised on this sure foundation another principle of the human heart; love, the noblest feeling of our nature, raises her shrine on the consecrated altar of friendship. See that the fountain of love sends forth naught but pure water, to flow with a silent and unruffled current down the stream of time, giving life and nourishment to the germ of benevolence and charity, which is too often left to wither by its contact with the cold blasts of selfish affection.

---Thomas Shackelford, Glasgow Weekly Times, Glasgow, Mo., Aug. 2, 1849.

True friendship always shines brighter in trouble and this is its test. Trouble is to friendship what acid is to the gold. Are you aware of the fact that true friendships do much toward building up character? It is a rare thing in the journey of life that a man climbs to a summit of fame without willing hands to help him up. A word from an acquaintance weighs an ounce while a word from a friend weighs a ton. A true friend advises and helps. He not only relieves human weakness, but he aids in removing it. There is a grandeur in assisting in the moral elevation of the race. Love is embraced in friendship. Love puts a new face upon this old world of ours.

---Virgil W. Tevis, Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 16, 1901.

Our inculcation of the principles of friendship, loyalty and charity is for the purpose of encouraging one another in the practice of those virtues in some active way in our everyday lives. To what end is our praise of friendship if not an invitation to practice it in our daily lives? To what purpose is our recalling the historic incidents of friendship if not an exhortation to imitate and exemplify this noble virtue, strong as the oak and the granite, deeper than passion, better than love—the pure, undying friendship of man for man?

---John F. Davis, San Francisco Call, San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 10, 1904.

Friendship draws us nearer to each other, enriching our natural sympathies, and opening to us a communion with love. Love is the dearest cord of affection, hope’s loftiest ambition, the tenderest consummation of thought and the happiest revelation of the soul. It drives from our beings all displeasure and doubt, and assures to the heart its throne, the scepter of majesty—a majesty cementing its union with friendship and inspiring truth. In all the bright galaxy of worth, no virtue can be exalted over it. Love binds us and unites all our hearts, efforts and energies in sustaining faith, encouraging hope and bestowing charity. Nothing has ever tended to bring man so close to his fellow, heart so loyal to heart, hope so akin to hope, and interest so blended with interest, as does friendship, love and truth.

---S.H. Russell, The Weekly Democratic Statesman, Austin, Texas, Feb. 17 1881.

No enemy is as dangerous as a wavering friend.

---Eugene Alexander “Gene” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Feb. 6, 1919.

Your friends may be few, but if they’re real friends you have an asset that’s worth a multitude of acquaintances.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., July 14, 1936.

It does not help to make new friends if you keep wasting the old ones.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 27, 1928.

We cannot get along without the help and sympathy of our fellow man. We must have friendship. It is as essential to life as air, food and water. We cannot go through life alone. We need each other’s help. True friendship knows no spirit of treachery. A true friend will not desert in time of danger. When a helping hand is needed that is the time when true friendship is revealed.

---Horace G. Weaver, Reading Eagle, Reading, Pa., May 13, 1912.

The best way to kill an enemy is to make a friend of him.

---Davis W. Clark, Youngstown Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Nov. 23, 1918.

The truly rich are those of great heart who come to be possessed of deep and loyal friends and who are not forgotten after they are gone. The feigned affection of pretended friends causes much unhappiness and loss of faith in humanity.

---William Du Hamel, Reading Eagle, Reading, Pa., Feb. 11, 1918.


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