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Friends are born, not made. (Henry Brooks Adams)

One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim. (Henry Brooks Adams)

Bridges: for the sake of unpredictable storms and floods, do not burn or break a bridge - sneak across, jump off, maybe try fixing it before walking away. (Sam Adoquei)

Too few rejoice at a friend's good fortune. (Aeschylus)

When friends are at your hearthside met, / Sweet courtesy has done its most / If you have made each guest forget / That he himself is not the host. (Thomas Bailey Aldrich)

A relationship, I think, is like a shark, you know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. (Woody Allen)

The relationships we have with the world are largely determined by the relationships we have with ourselves. (Greg Anderson)

Friendships begin because, even without words, we understand how someone feels. (Joan Walsh Anglund)

When I find myself fading, I close my eyes and realize my friends are my energy. (Anonymous)

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies. (Aristotle)

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. (Aristotle)

Friendship is a harmonious blending of mutual, private bigotries. (Edward Ashenhurst)

Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality. (W. H. Auden)

Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends. (Richard Bach)

Friends are thieves of time. (Sir Francis Bacon)

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other. (Honore de Balzac)

Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself. (Honore de Balzac)

I'll lean on you and you lean on me and we'll be okay. (Dave Matthews Band)

Friends don't necessarily made good business or creative partners. (Joseph Barbera)

The best time to make friends is before you need them. (Ethel Barrymore)

Problem with an old friend who is too busy: he always perceives you as if never changed. (Toba Beta)

Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. (Derek Bethune)

Never say things to friends which you don't want to hear from enemies. (Yogi Bhajan)

Friendship means only one thing: you don't create fences around you, but try to remove fences from the life of another person. (Yogi Bhajan)

truce, n. Friendship. (Ambrose Bierce)

friendship, n. A ship big enough to carry two in fair weather, but only one in foul. (Ambrose Bierce)

acquaintance, n. A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous. (Ambrose Bierce)

Opposition is true friendship. (William Blake)

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. (William Blake)

I knew this friendship with myself couldn't last forever. (Robert Bly)

Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you. (Nicolas Boileau)

Santa Claus has the right idea: visit people only once a year. (Victor Borge)

No my friends, darkness is not everywhere – for here and there I find a few faces illuminated from within. Paper lanterns swaying among the dark trees. (Carole Ann Borges)

Our responses to the world are crucially moulded by the company we keep, for we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others. (Alain de Botton)

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. (Elizabeth Bowen)

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult the calendar. (Robert Brault)

The thing about a friendly smile is not just that it makes people like you but that it makes them like themselves. (Robert Brault)

Without the experience of true friendship perhaps we would have given up years ago. (Mark A. Brennan)

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own. (Charlotte Bronte)

Of whatever age, one's goal should be to become a sponge. Absorb as much as possible. Cultivate a network of friends of all age groups. (Peter William Brown)

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends. (Merry Browne)

Never the time and the place and the loved one all together! (Robert Browning)

When you loathe yourself, a true friend will respect your honesty. And if you've been fortunate in life, he will probably share your opinion. (Benson Bruno)

Friends are treasures. (Horace Bruns)

To be among people one loves, that's sufficient; to dream, to speak to them, to be silent among them, to think of indifferent things; but among them, everything is equal. (Jean de La Bruyere)

Every once in a while your world stands still... There are certain friendships that are so important they leave a mark on you long after the person is gone. (Art Buchwald)

It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction. (Warren Buffett)

One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

It's a wonderful thing being able to paint together all the time and grow as artists together. (Scott Burdick)

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world. (Leo Buscaglia)

Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family. (Barbara Bush)

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

The search for raw friendship lies within one's self. (Tony Calderone)

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend. (Albert Camus)

Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can't have too many friends because then you're just not really friends. (Truman Capote)

Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything. (Willa Cather)

If I could catch a rainbow / I would do it just for you. / And share with you its beauty / On the days you're feeling blue. // If I could build a mountain, / You could call your very own. / A place to find serenity / A place to be alone. // If I could take your troubles, / I would toss them in the sea, / But all these things I'm finding / Are impossible for me. // I cannot build a mountain / Or catch a rainbow fair / But let me be what I know best / A friend that's always there. (This is a Hug Certificate!)

Tell me what company thou keepest, and I'll tell thee what thou art. (Miguel de Cervantes)

The sun penetrates me soundlessly like a distant friend that stirs up my laziness, fertilizes it. We bring forth life. (Paul Cezanne)

The world is round so that friendship may encircle it. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

-in response to George Bernard Shaw's comment (below)...
Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one. (Winston Churchill)

Love is flower-like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Never claim as a right what you can ask as a favor. (John Churton Collins)

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost. (Charles Caleb Colton)

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. (Charles Darwin)

Friends are relatives you make for yourself. (Eustache Deschamps)

My friends are my estate. (Emily Dickinson)

It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. (Marlene Dietrich)

A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies. (Diogenes of Sinope)

It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being. (Benjamin Disraeli)

For friendship, of itself a holy tie, / Is made more sacred by adversity. (John Dryden)

A friend is what the heart needs all the time. (Henry van Dyke)

There are very few honest friends--the demand is not particularly great. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he that has found such a one has found a treasure. (Ecclesiasticus)

If I had a friend and loved him because of the benefits which this brought me and because of getting my own way, then it would not be my friend that I loved but myself. (Meister Johann Eckhart)

-Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life...
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. (Max Ehrmann)

It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old. (George Eliot)

Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking. (George Eliot)

Caring for friends opens the heart, and gifts us with the privilege of sharing the fruits of our self-imposed and necessary solitude. (Max Elliott)

The only way to have a friend is to be one. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us. (Epicurus)

In misfortune, which friend remains a friend? (Euripides)

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. (Euripides)

The friend within the man is that part of him which belongs to you and opens to you a door which never, perhaps, is opened to another. Such a friend is true, and all he says is true; and he loves you even if he hates you in other mansions of his heart. (Antoine de Saint Exupery)

You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn't making you stronger, they're making you weaker. (Timothy Ferriss)

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same. (Flavia)

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. (Elizabeth Foley)

The way to make a true friend is to be one. Friendship implies loyalty, esteem, cordiality, sympathy, affection, readiness to aid, to help, to stick, to fight for, if need be... Radiate friendship and it will return sevenfold. (B. C. Forbes)

Liking one person is an extra reason for liking another. (E. M. Forster)

Surrounding ourselves with those who support and believe in our visual viewpoint is crucial for an artist. (Gwen Fox)

Internet friendships are not real. They must not take the place of real people and real friends in your life. (Suzette Fram)

There are three great friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money. (Benjamin Franklin)

Art and friendship are absolutely connected... Friendship is, after all, sharing a deep part of your self with another person and receiving the same back. (Nina Allen Freeman)

My friend is he who will tell me my faults in private. (Solomon Ibn Gabirol)

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. (Kahlil Gibran)

I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies. The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress. (Andre Gide)

My friends tell me that I have a tendency to point out problems without offering solutions, but they never tell me what I should do about it. (Daniel T. Gilbert)

Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

I do think it's not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect. (Nikki Giovanni)

A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they're not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they're not so bad. (Arnold H. Glasow)

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. (Arnold H. Glasow)

There is no wilderness like life without friends; friendship multiplies blessings and minimizes misfortunes; it is a unique remedy against adversity and it soothes the soul. (Baltasar Gracian)

Find a mate who is really a mate. (Irwin Greenberg)

Here's champagne for our real friends, and real pain for our sham friends. (Dr. Mardy Grothe)

If man were to put a pricetag on friendship, no one could afford it, for friendship is priceless. (Hap Hagood)

Everybody is like a magnet. You attract to yourself reflections of that which you are. If you're friendly then everybody else seems to be friendly, too. (David R. Hawkins)

There is no friend as loyal as a book. (Ernest Hemingway)

I draw flowers every day on my iPhone and send them to my friends, so they get fresh flowers every morning. (David Hockney)

If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you. (Elbert Hubbard)

Friendship exists outside our modern economy of scarcity... It's not about apportioning vanishing resources of time and energy. Friendship is a blessed relic of the ancient economy of the gift, and the time freely given to people dear to you actually creates magical abundance. (Victor Hugo)

My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life. (Lee Iacocca)

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. (Washington Irving)

I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible, loving, human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride. (William James)

Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine. (Thomas Jefferson)

-in 1896...
Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of. (Sarah Orne Jewett)

If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair. (Samuel Johnson)

To share our journey with others is what life is really all about - that's why there is more than one of us on the planet. (Dennis Merritt Jones)

Friends love misery, in fact. Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky or too successful or too pretty, our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends. (Erica Jong)

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve. (Joseph Joubert)

You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still it won't mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever... connections are made with the heart, not the tongue. (C. Joybell C.)

It only takes one clear person to have a good relationship. (Byron Katie)

I don't want to make more friends. I have four kids, I have plenty of friends, and all the personal relationships I need. (Guy Kawasaki)

My friends should drink a dozen of Claret on my Tomb. (John Keats)

Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth. (Jean Kerr)

If I do something caring for a friend, I have no doubt in my mind they would do it for me. (Larry King)

No good friends, no bad friends; only people you want, need to be with. People who build their houses in your heart. (Stephen King)

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. (Barbara Kingsolver)

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day. (Dalai Lama)

When the only bond between close friends is attachment, then even a minor issue may cause one's projections to change. As soon as our projections change, the attachment disappears, because that attachment was based solely on projection and expectation. It is possible to have compassion without attachment, and similarly, to have anger without hatred. (Dalai Lama)

One doesn't know, till one is a bit at odds with the world, how much one's friends who believe in one rather generously, mean to one. (D. H. Lawrence)

I get by with a little help from my friends. (John Lennon)

It takes a long time to grow an old friend. (John Leonard, critic)

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. (C. S. Lewis)

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.' (C. S. Lewis)

I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. (Abraham Lincoln)

Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

A cheerful friend is like a sunny day, which sheds its brightness on all around... (John Lubbock)

Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives, two friends that always remained strange to one another, because one of them was attracted by virtue of similarity, the other by difference. (Emil Ludwig)

Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long. (Robert S. Lynd)

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. (George MacDonald)

Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends. (Shirley MacLaine)

To me a real patriot is like a real friend. Who's your real friend? It's the person who tells you the truth. (Bill Maher)

Artists are often poignantly careless about making and keeping friends. (Eric Maisel)

If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone. (Maxwell Maltz)

The great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship is that one has to explain nothing. (Katherine Mansfield)

If you hang out with chickens, you're going to cluck, and if you hang out with eagles, you're going to fly. (Steve Maraboli)

Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. (Ralph Marston)

Poets and painters need as many friends as they can get. They're good for each other. May their friendship endure and flourish. (David Masello)

When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character. (W. Somerset Maugham)

I get by with a little help from my friends. (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)

To me, being popular means I've got more friends. You've got to watch who your friends are, if you want to get close to them, but I've got a lot of acquaintances. And then, you've got to be real careful who your friends are, because you never know why they're your friend. (Reba McEntire)

We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere. (Tim McGraw)

It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not. (Mignon McLaughlin)

It's your life. Live it with people who are alive. It tends to be contagious. (Peter McWilliams)

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. Unknown friends are the siblings God never gave us. (Mencius)

Friendships offer good practice in accepting the transience of experience and the persistence of feeling. (Stephanie Mills)

-Anne's House of Dreams...
Thank goodness, we can choose our friends. We have to take our relatives as they are, and be thankful... (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

From watching other artist, I can tell being friends with successful artists must make your art better. Getting along with the important ones helps as well... (Kelly Moore)

A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine... (Jim Morrison)

To ask me whether I could endure to live without friends is absurd. It is easy enough to live out of material sight of friends, but to live without human love is impossible. (John Muir)

Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers. (Lewis Mumford)

The sacrifices of friendship were beautiful in her eyes as long as she was not asked to make them. (Hector Hugh Munro)

here are people who are very resourceful, at being remorseful, and who apparently feel that the best way to make friends is to do something terrible and then make amends. (Ogden Nash)

A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still: you must not want to see everything. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, makes someone a friend. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. (Anais Nin)

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. (Henri Nouwen)

I believe that our friends among the dead really mind us and look out for us. Often there might be a big boulder of misery over your path about to fall on you, but your friends among the dead hold it back until you have passed by. (John O'Donohue)

Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving. (Osho)

Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a long affliction: absence does but hold off a friend, to make one see him the truer. (Ovid)

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. (Douglas Pagels)

Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship. (Dorothy Parker)

You gotta know someone cares about you, or you just give up. (Katherine Paterson)

Getting people to like you is merely the other side of liking them. (Norman Vincent Peale)

A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably. (William Penn)

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. (Fritz Perls)

If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend. (Stone Temple Pilots)

Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. (Plautus)

Where there are friends there is wealth. (Plautus)

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you. (Winnie the Pooh)

Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends. (Alexander Pope)

A hedge between keeps friendship green. (proverb)

Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet. (Chinese proverb)

The road to a friend's house is never long. (Danish proverb)

He who finds a friend finds a treasure. (Italian proverb)

Hold a true friend with both your hands. (Nigerian proverb)

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. (Sicilian proverb)

Friends share all things. (Pythagoras)

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life. (Pythagoras)

Is there some lesson on how to be friends?... We're creatures of contact regardless of whether we kiss or we wound. Still, we must come together... (David Rakoff)

Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows. (Jean Paul Richter)

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

When people are like each other they tend to like each other. (Anthony Robbins)

It's amazing what can happen if you just put your arm around somebody. It's the truest thing and the simplest thing that does the most good a lot of times and I hope that we can all just reach out to each other. (Julia Roberts)

It is more shameful to doubt one's friends than to be duped by them. (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

One person caring about another represents life's greatest value. (Jim Rohn)

The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, 'If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.' Now I say, 'I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.' (Jim Rohn)

I've learned... that no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with. (Andy Rooney)

Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather... (Christina Rossetti)

How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend. (William E. Rothschild)

I've never had very high regard for therapists. I owe my health, my mental survival, to my friends and loved ones. (Salman Rushdie)

To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship. (Sallust)

One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. (George Santayana)

Am I too old, perhaps, ever to take in another's life to share with mine on a permanent basis? If so, I must make do with what I have... and what I have is a great richness of friends and a positively ardent love of nature. Not nothing! (May Sarton)

A kind, new neighbor suggested I sign up for a watercolor class with her as a way to make new friends. Right away I was hooked on painting. After a couple trips to the art supply store I realized I could have bought friends for a lot less money. But then, that wouldn't have been nearly so much fun. (Vivian Sathre)

Friends show me what I can do, foes teach me what I should do. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. The older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young. (Mary Schmich)

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Some friendships are formed by a commonality of interests and ideas: you both love judo or camping or making your own sausage. Other friendships are forged in alliance against a common enemy. (David Sedaris)

Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment. (Seneca)

I have some friends, some honest friends, / and honest friends are few; / My pipe of briar, my open fire, / A book that's not too new. (Robert W. Service)

-to Winston Churchill...
I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend... if you have one. (George Bernard Shaw)

The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend, is the moment you receive them. Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate. (William Shenstone)

Honesty is the quality I value most in a friend. Not bluntness, but honesty with compassion. (Brooke Shields)

I know a way to stay friends forever, / There's really nothing to it, / I tell you what to do, / And you do it. (Shel Silverstein)

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. (Socrates)

You win the victory when you yield to friends. (Sophocles)

One is so apt to think of people's affection as a fixed quantity, instead of a sort of moving so with the tide, always going out or coming in but still fundamentally there: and I believe this difficulty in making allowance for the tide is the reason for half the broken friendships. (Freya Stark)

Before the flowers of friendship faded friendship faded. (Gertrude Stein)

Friendship has its illusions no less than love. (Stendhal)

A friend is a present you give yourself. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

The very flexibility and ease which make men's friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

It is only when we no longer compulsively need someone that we can have a real relationship with them. (Anthony Storr)

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 Swindoll)

Something like home that is not home is to be desired: it is found in the house of a friend. (Sir William Temple)

Under the magnetism of friendship the modest man becomes bold; the shy, confident; the lazy, active; and the impetuous, prudent and peaceful. (William Makepeace Thackeray)

Writers are painful friends, and they are seldom friendly with others. They are insecure in the presence of other writers. Composers of certain kinds of music are the same--tormented and intolerant. Yet some arts not only make the artist social but make him depend upon sociability in order to succeed. Painting is one. (Paul Theroux)

Painters strike me as having warm uncomplicated friendships and probably more natural generosity than the practitioners of any other art. Perhaps this is because painting is such a portable, flexible thing. (Paul Theroux)

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. (Dick Thompson)

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. (Henry David Thoreau)

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. (Henry David Thoreau)

Always do what you say you are going to do. It is the glue and fibre that binds successful relationships. (Jeffry A. Timmons)

-The Fellowship of the Ring
I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. (J. R. R. Tolkien)

The reason for living is to have great relationships, to have people you love and respect and who love and respect you. (Brian Tracy)

The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person. (Brian Tracy)

The differences between friends cannot but reinforce their friendship. (Mao Tse-Tung)

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. (Mark Twain)

-from notebook, 1898...
The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right. (Mark Twain)

If you cannot lift the load off another's back, do not walk away. Try to lighten it. (Frank Tyger)

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. (Author unknown)

Friends are God's way of taking care of us. (Author unknown)

Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say. (Author unknown)

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. (Author unknown)

We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable. (John Updike)

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. (Alice Walker)

The purpose of relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness. (Neale Donald Walsch)

A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities. (William Arthur Ward)

It's hard to find true art friends who can uphold and respect each other's uniqueness – ones with integrity who can complement each other's personalities. (Annette Waterbeek)

Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up. (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

Have you ever noticed that your friends have faults? Your paintings can live with faults just like your friends do. (Frank Webb)

A friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself. (Frances Ward Weller)

When you are down and out something always turns up - and it is usually the noses of your friends. (Orson Welles)

-to Robert Genn...
I look forward to your letters. You feel like a friend to me. (Anne West)

There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul. (Edith Wharton)

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both. (E. B. White)

The real riches of this world are not material things. They are the multifaceted jewels of the personalities that make life fascinating. Each friend is like a precious jewel that glitters and lights up my life. (Mary E. Whitehill)

There are only two things that matter in life - your friends and your art. Everything else is worthless. (Edgar A. Whitney)

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

True friends stab you in the front. (Oscar Wilde)

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. (Oscar Wilde)

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. (Oscar Wilde)

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. (Oscar Wilde)

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose. (Tennessee Williams)

Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation. (Tennessee Williams)

If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed. (Marianne Williamson)

I have lost friends, some by death, others by sheer inability to cross the street. (Virginia Woolf)

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. (Virginia Woolf)

A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. (Lois Wyse)

Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends. (William Butler Yeats)

There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you. (Paramahansa Yogananda)

We are not in a position to criticize anyone. The existence of enemies means for us that our friendliness has not been sufficient enough. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

If you go looking for a friend, you're going to find they're very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere. (Zig Ziglar)


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