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Life flings miles and years between us,
      It is true,—
But brings never to me dearer
      Friends than you!
~Dorothy Scarborough, Humorous Ghost Stories, 1921


The very best gift of all is having a friend. ~Ethel Pochocki (1925–2010), The Mushroom Man, 1993


One true friend adds more to our happiness than a thousand enemies add to our unhappiness. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


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


Most of us don't need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Friendship isn't a big thing — it's a million little things. ~Author unknown


Friendship is like a rainbow between two hearts. ~Author unknown


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


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


The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. ~Elbert Hubbard, The Notebook, 1927


A good friend is cheaper than therapy. ~Author unknown


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


But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.
~William Shakespeare


The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~Elisabeth Foley


It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. ~William Blake


A friend is the only person you will let into the house when you are Turning Out Drawers. ~Pam Brown


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


A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. ~Donna Roberts




Keep your friendships in repair, and then see if you do not find your horizon broadened, your life sweetened, and the weary weight of this sad old world lightened. ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "Keeping Friendship In Repair," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905


True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. ~Dave Tyson Gentry


Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel that you've done a permanent job. ~Erwin T. Randall, quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1955


I ask of life only that which makes it worth living: the love of friends. ~Justin Regier, January 2012 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer. ~Author unknown


A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out. ~Grace Pulpit


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


Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival. ~C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves, 1960


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


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


There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship. ~Author unknown


The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had. ~Author unknown


I like friends who, when you tell them you need a moment alone, know enough not to stray too far. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked. ~Author unknown


Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author unknown


It's important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to the friendship that we are not. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. ~Marlene Dietrich


She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind. ~Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987


Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth, wanting ten times more to tell you a loving lie. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Friends can be said to "fall in like" with as profound a thud as romantic partners fall in love. ~Letty Cottin Pogrebin


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


A real friend is someone who would feel loss if you jumped on a train, or in front of one. ~Author unknown


Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. ~Margaret Lee Runbeck


Our most difficult task as a friend is to offer understanding when we don't understand. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


As a friend, you first give your understanding, then you try to understand. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


A true friend is forever a friend. ~George MacDonald


The function of a friend is not to have a function. ~Detlef Cordes


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-Exupéry


Yes we are [friends] and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequential chatter. I wouldn't mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you, reading the back half of the paper while you read the front. We are friends and I would miss you, do miss you and think of you very often. I don't want to lose this happy space where I have found someone who is smart and easy and doesn't bother to check her diary when we arrange to meet. ~Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body, 1992


It takes a long time to grow an old friend. ~John Leonard


Friends are divided into two great classes: Those you need, and those who need you. ~Washington Star, quoted in For the Gaiety of Nations: Fun and Philosophy from the American Newspaper Humorists compiled by Wallace Rice, 1909


Strangers are just friends waiting to happen. ~Rod McKuen


When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. 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


You always think you could have done more. That's why you need a friend — to tell you you did all you could. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need more. ~American proverb


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


All you would have your friend to you, that must you be to him—and more; for there can be no thought of balancing of favors given by friend to friend; the obligations reach beyond; nor is there any selfishness, save selfishness for him. Full friendship is the selfishness and the unselfishness, at once, of two, bound into twinship fair of soul and spirit. Seek you then for friend one whom you understand down to the depths, up to the heights, of being, whose soul meets yours with the same understanding. Only so can you, can he, attain that sympathy which, growing with your intercourse, at last reaches beyond mere understanding, gains the other's thought and feeling, though no word be spoken, knows from the eyes of truth, and stands to aid in every project nobly true as ready as to speak against the false: Then may you say, "I have, he has, a friend!" ~Wallace Rice, To My Friend, 1914


The tender friendships one gives up, on parting, leave their bite on the heart, but also a curious feeling of a treasure somewhere buried. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart. ~Author unknown


A healing friend is a kindred spirit who says "yeah, I know what you mean!" while pouring your cup of tea; sees your uniqueness; challenges you with love, humor, and honesty, to live your dreams; finds humor, song, dance, and magic hidden in your problems; delights in your surprises; accepts both ups & downs; helps you, then asks for help, too; encourages you to formulate your next steps, then goes the first step with you. ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


We are each the star of our own situation comedy, and, with luck, the screwball friend in somebody else's. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever. ~George R. R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons, 2011


Friendship is a sheltering tree. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge


We are keenly aware of the faults of our friends, but if they like us enough it doesn't matter. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


A bosom friend — an intimate friend, you know — a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. ~L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. ~Tim Cahill


What do we ask of friendship except to be taken for what we pretend to be — and without having to pretend. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Friendship is Love, without his wings. ~Lord Byron


But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Maria Craik, A Life for a Life, "Chapter XVI: Her Story," 1859


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


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


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


I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing. ~Katherine Mansfield


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


The strongest marriage is between two who seek the same God, the strongest friendship between two who flee the same devil. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


It's not how many friends you can count, it's how many of those you can count on. ~Anthony Liccione


There is magic in long-distance friendships. They let you relate to other human beings in a way that goes beyond being physically together and is often more profound. ~Diana Cortes


Just what is a friend; do you ask of me?
      I think it is one who will ever be
      Loyal and loving, what e'er may betide;
      One who will always stand close by our side
With faith and trust and a fond, cheery smile
      Of understanding for us all the while;
      One who is ready to give us a hand
      As we struggle on through the shifting sands
Of time: an honest, sincere friend is one
      Who will share our sorrows, our joys, our fun;
      And we know in him we can ever trust
      Till the time our bodies return to dust!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "A Friend" (1940s)


If you're alone, I'll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I'll just be me. ~Author unknown


A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should be. ~Author unknown


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


Probably no man ever had a friend that he did not dislike a little. ~E. W. Howe


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


I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


The best rule of friendship is to keep your heart a little softer than your head. ~Author unknown


The Friend asks no return but that his Friend will religiously accept and wear and not disgrace his apotheosis of him. They cherish each other's hopes. They are kind to each other's dreams. ~Henry David Thoreau


If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends — you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue. ~Alice Duer Miller


It is when there is nothing you can say or do to help that a friend needs you the most. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.... ~Anaïs Nin


Friends are relatives you make for yourself. ~Eustache Deschamps


In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. ~Khalil Gibran


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


Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes


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


Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends. ~Samuel Pepys


Hold a true friend with both your hands. ~Nigerian proverb


I lay it down as a fact that if all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world. ~Blaise Pascal


If I had to sum up Friendship in one word, it would be Comfort. ~Terri Guillemets


Friendship is Love with jewels on, but without either flowers or veil. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


Say what you want about aging, it's still the only way to have old friends. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them. ~Francesco Guicciardini


The best way to mend a broken heart is time and girlfriends. ~Gwyneth Paltrow


Friendship needs no words — it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. ~Dag Hammarskjöld


Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh


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


The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another's little lapses. ~David Storey


How few friends would remain friends if each could see the sentiments of the other in their entirety. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908


Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone — but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming. ~William Hazlitt


It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it. ~Somerset Maugham


Friends are like walls. Sometimes you lean on them, and sometimes it's good just knowing they are there. ~Author unknown


In my friend, I find a second self. ~Isabel Norton

 



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