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- True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
- Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719), The Spectator, March 17, 1911
- Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.
- L. M. Montgomery (1874 - 1942), Anne of Green Gables, 1908
- There is nothing like the razor sharp tongue of a good friend to cut through the lies we tell ourselves.
- Laura Moncur (1969 - ), Merriton, 02-25-09
- You don’t get to pick your own nickname. They’ve gotta give you one. It’s like we’re all tryin’ to make pets out of each other and we’re not comfortable unless we get to name ‘em.
- Laura Moncur (1969 - ), Merriton, 03-26-08
- It isn't kind to cultivate a friendship just so one will have an audience.
- Lawana Blackwell, The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter, 1998
- A good friend of my son's is a son to me.
- Lois McMaster Bujold, Ethan of Athos, 1986
- Adversity does teach who your real friends are.
- Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
- If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back.
- Lois McMaster Bujold, Diplomatic Immunity, 2002
- Never refuse any advance of friendship, for if nine out of ten bring you nothing, one alone may repay you.
- Madame de Tencin
- An enemy can partly ruin a man, but it takes a good-natured injudicious friend to complete the thing and make it perfect.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), Pudd'nhead Wilson
- It’s the friends you can call up at four a.m. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich (1901 - 1992)
- Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894), The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, 1858
- I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
- 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
- Friends have all things in common.
- Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), Dialogues, Phaedrus
- Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
- Publilius Syrus (~100 BC), Maxims
- Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.
- Publilius Syrus (~100 BC), Maxims
- The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
- Friendship is being there when someone's feeling low and not being afraid to kick them.
- Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive, 11-04-10
- It's a lot like nature. You only have as many animals as the ecosystem can support and you only have as many friends as you can tolerate the bitching of.
- Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive Comic, 08-16-05
- 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, Something Positive Comic, 11-07-05
- The only thing that lasts longer than a friend's love is the stupidity that keeps us from knowing any better.
- Randy K. Milholland, Something Positive Comic, 09-07-06
- We did not start as friends, but as people who respected and admired each other. Crucial, absolutely crucial for a partnership. As soon as we could afford it, we ceased sharing lodgings. Equally crucial.
- Raymond Joseph Teller, Fury Letter written to Brian Brushwood, 10-18-93
- 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, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, August 27, 2003
- When someone allows you to bear his burdens, you have found deep friendship.
- Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, January 4, 2003
- You can forget a lot of things, but you cannot forget a woman’s name and claim to love her.
- Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, October 20, 2003
- There was a definite process by which one made people into friends, and it involved talking to them and listening to them for hours at a time.
- Rebecca West (1892 - 1983)
- Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy. And bring not all mischief you are able to upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend.
- Saadi (1184 - 1291)
- The friendship that can cease has never been real.
- Saint Jerome (374 AD - 419 AD), Letter
- To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship.
- Sallust (86 BC - 34 BC), The War with Catiline