Friend Quotes

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Friend Quotes Index

About Friends
Appreciate Your Friends
Beautiful
Benefits of Friends
Best Friend
Bible Verses
Death of a Friend
False Friends
Friends and Lovers
Friends Separated by Distance
Girl Scout Mottos on Friends
Good Advice
How to be a Good Friend
Humorous
Importance of Friends
Insightful
Inspirational
Keys to Friendship
Lyrics about Friends
Maintaining a Friendship
Making Friends
Movie/TV
New Friends
Old Friends
Profound
Proverb
Qualities of Good Friends
Secret to Friendship
Sentimental
True Friends
Value of Friends

About Friends

"Best friends are like diamonds, precious and rare
False friends are like leaves, found everywhere."
~ Anoymous

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

"Friendship is a sheltering tree."
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends."
~ Mary Catherwood

"The better part of one's life consists of his friendships."
~ Abraham Lincoln "Sometimes you pick your friends, sometimes they pick you."
~ Unknown Author

"Friendship is one mind in two bodies."
~ Mencius

"Friendship: a building contract you sign with laughter and break with tears."
~ Unknown Author

"A friend is a gift you give yourself."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

"I find friendship to be like wine,
raw when new,
ripened with age,
the true old man's milk
and restorative cordial."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"Friends have all things in common."
~ Plato

"Friends are born, not made."
~ Henry Adams

"Friendship is a special kind of love."
~ Unknown Author

"Friendships are fragile things, and require as much handling as any other fragile and precious things."
~Randolph S. Bourne

"Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends."
~ Jacques Delille

"He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Happiness is time spent with a friend and looking forward to sharing time with them again."
~ Lee Wilkinson

"A friend to all is a friend to none."
~ Aristotle

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Appreciate Your Friends

"Our friendship is a treasure I value each and every day. I give thanks and count my blessings for friends like you."
~ Catherine Pulsifer

"Look around you and appreciate those who care about you, be thankful they are in your life."
~ Catherine Pulsifer

"Never shall I forget the days I spent with you. Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours."
~ Ludwig van Beethoven

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Beautiful

"A friend is someone who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart."
~ Kathleen Grove

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"Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life."
~ Dior Yamasaki

"Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies."
~ Aristotle

"Friendship is the golden ribbon that ties the world together."
~ John Evelyn

"Friendship is love without his wings"
~ Lord Byron

"Friends are kisses blown to us by angels".
~ Author Unknown

"We are the captains of our own ships sailing the sea of life, but in times of a stormy weather, you will discover true friends when they don't hesitate to be a lighthouse."
~ Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com

"Friends are relatives you make for yourself."
~ Eustache Deschamps

"We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can fly only by embracing each other."
~ Lucian de Crescenzo

"Friends are the Angels that help you fly."
~Julia VeRost

"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with friendship."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Benefits of Friends

"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

"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

"This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joy, and cutteth griefs in half."
~ Francis Bacon

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Best Friend

"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."
~ Henry Ford

"Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say."
~ Unknown Author

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Bible Verses

'A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.'
~Bible - Proverbs 17:17 (NIV)

'A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.'
~Bible - Proverbs 18:24 (King James 2000 Bible)

"An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship."
~ Bible - Proverbs 24:26 (NLT)

"Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy."
~ Bible - Proverbs 27:6 (NLT)

"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."
~Bible - Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)

"9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
~ Bible - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."
~ Bible - John 15:13 (NLT)

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Death of a Friend

"Friends are friends forever,
if the Lord is the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never,
cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands I know
That a lifetime's not too long...
to live as friends."
~Michael W Smith

"With every friend I love who has been taken into the brown bosom of the earth a part of me has been buried there; but their contribution to my being of happiness, strength and understanding remains to sustain me in an altered world."
~ Helen Keller

"Each departed friend is a magnet that attracts us to the next world."
~Jean Paul Richter

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False Friends

"Misfortune shows those who are not really friends."
~ Aristotle

"The friendship that can cease has never been real."
~ Saint Jerome

"False friends aren't always that bad because it shows you about yourself and teaches you to be strong and life goes on."
~Josh Wojo

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Friends and Lovers

"Thus nature has no love for solitude, and always leans, as it were, on some support; and the sweetest support is found in the most intimate friendship."
~ Cicero

"All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand."
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Love is friendship on fire."
~ Unknown Author

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Friends Separated by Distance

"No lapse of time or distance of place can lessen the friendship of those who are truly persuaded of each other's worth."
~ Unknown Author

"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

"Though our communication wanes at times of absence, I'm aware of a strength that emanates in the background."
~ Claudette Renner

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Girl Scout Mottos on Friends

"Make new friends and keep the old, one is silver and the other gold."
~ Girl Scout Motto

"Make new friends, both young and old, one in Silver, the other Gold."
~ Girl Scout Motto

"Make new friends but keep the old, some are silver and others are Gold."
~ Girl Scout Motto

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Good Advice

"Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need most."
~ American Proverb

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

"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 (also attributed to Maimonidies)

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
~ Mother Teresa

"Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
~ Anna Cummins

"Friends aren't jumper cables, you don't throw them into the trunk and pull them out for emergencies."
~ Unknown Author

"Friends are the roses of life: pick them carefully and avoid the thorns."
~ Unknown Author

"Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing."
~Benjamin Franklin

"I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody."
~ Benjamin Franklin

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"Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind."
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"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

"Every man should have a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends."
~ Henry Brooks Adams

"Scatter seeds of kindness everywhere you go;
Scatter bits of courtesy--------
watch them grow and grow.
Gather buds of friendship;
Keep them till full-blown;
You will find more happiness
than you have ever known.
~ Amy R Raabe

"If we discovered that we had only 5 minutes left to say what we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to stammer that they loved them."
~Christopher Morley

"It is more shameful to distrust one's friends than to be deceived by them."
~ Duc de la Rochefoucauld

"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company."
~ George Washington

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

"Never injure a friend, even in jest."
~ Cicero

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

"When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves."
~William Arthur Ward

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How to be a Good Friend

"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

"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

"The only thing to do is to hug one's friends tight and do one's job."
~ Edith Wharton

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Humorous

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

"Friends are like bras...they give lots of support."
~ Author Unknown

"Friends are God's way of apologizing for your family."
~ Wayne Dyer, The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way

"Friends are the Bacon Bits in the Salad Bowl of Life."
~ "Pizza Place Sign

"Friendship is like thighs, they are always sticking together."
~ Author Unknown

"Friends are like melons. Shall I tell you why? To find one good a hundred you must try."
~ Unknown Author

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Importance of Friends

"Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with."
~ Mark Twain

"I count myself in nothing else so happy As in a soul rememb'ring my good friends."
~ William Shakespeare

"No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence."
~ George Eliot

"The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters."
~ Thomas Jefferson

"There is no hope of joy except in human relations."
~ Antoine de Sainte-Exupery

"Material things can't make the soul whole. The only the love, trust, and loyalty of friends can do that."
~ Unknown Author

"Love doesn't make the world go round, it makes the ride worthwhile."
~ F.P. Jones

"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together"
~ Woodrow Wilson

"Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed."
~ Cicero

"The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend."
~ Aristotle

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

"The world would be so lonely, in sunny hours or gray. Without the gift of friendship, to help us every day."
~ Hilda Brett Farr

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Insightful

"Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you."
~ Elbert Hubard

"One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter."
~ Francoise Sagan

"There is magic in the memory of schoolboy friendships; it softens the heart, and even affects the nervous system of those who have no heart."
~ Benjamin Disraeli

"When friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance."
~ Anatole Broyard

"Life is partly what we make it, and partly what is made by the friends whom we choose."
~ Tehyi Hsieh

"The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?"
~ Henry David Thoreau

"When the silences are no longer awkward, you know you are around friends."
~ Unknown Author

"Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness..."
~ Richard Bach

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

"Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success."
~ Oscar Wilde

"Friendship with oneself is all-important because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"... no man is useless while he has a friend."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

"Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends."
~ Shirley Maclaine

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Inspirational

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

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him, his own."
~ Benjamin Disraeli

"Friends are God's way of taking care of us."
~ Unknown Author

"If you have more than one friend, you have more than your share!"
~ Thomas Fuller

"A circle is round it has no end, that's how long I want to be your friend!"
~ Anonymous

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Keys to Friendship

"Everyone is a friend, until they prove otherwise."
~ John Donne

"Too late we learn, a man must hold his friend Unjudged, accepted, trusted to the end."
~ John Boyle O'Reilly

"Friendship is not friendship without trust, without it I walk alone."
~ James P. Michels Jr.

"The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear."
~ Maya Angelou

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Lyrics about Friends

"I get by with a little help from my friends."
~ from lyrics of 'With a Little Help From My Friends' by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

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Maintaining a Friendship

"The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away."
~ Wilson Mizner

"You my friend, I will defend. And if we change, we'll love you anyway."
~ Layne Staley

"Keep your friendships in repair."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"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

"Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Making Friends

"Strangers are just friends waiting to happen."
~ Rod McKuen

"The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Movie/TV

"You only meet your once in a lifetime friend... once in a lifetime."
~ Little Rascals

"You just reminded me of what's really important in life, friends, best friends."
~ Fried Green Tomatoes

"You are you and I am I, You do your thing and I'll do mine, and if in the end we meet up together, it is beautiful."
~Boy Meets World

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New Friends

"A new friendship is like an unripened fruit - it may become either an orange or a lemon."
~ Emma Stacey

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Old Friends

"It takes a long time to grow an old friend."
~ John Leonard "The best mirror is an old friend."
~ George Herbert

"I'd like to be the sort of friend that you have been to me. I'd like to be the help that you've been always glad to be; I'd like to mean as much to you each minute of the day, as you have meant, old friend of mine, to me along the way."
~ Edgar A. Guest

"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Ah, how good it feels...the hand of an old friend"
~ Mary Englebright

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Profound

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being."
~Goethe

"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity."
~ Kahil Gibran

"One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives."
~ Euripides

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

" Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. "
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"Friends are like your second family only closer."
~ Unknown Author

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Proverb

"The best antiques are old friends."
~ Proverb

"Remember that every good friend was once a stranger."
~ Old proverb

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

"Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need most."
~ American Proverb

"Hold a true friend with both your hands."
~ Nigerian Proverb

"Books and friends should be few but good."
~ Proverb

"One who looks for a friend without faults will have none."
~ Hasidic Saying

"A friend in need is a friend indeed."
~ Latin Proverb

"Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead."
~ Chinese Proverb

"The death of a friend is equivalent to the loss of a limb."
~ German Proverb

"Life without a friend is like death without a witness."
~ Spanish Proverb

"May there always be work for your hands to do, may your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane,
may a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you."
~ Irish Blessing

"A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away."
~ Arabian Proverb

"It is better to be in chains with friends , than to be in a garden with strangers."
~ Persian Proverb

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Qualities of Good Friends

"A friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else."
~ Len Wein

"Friends are those who nourish the spirit."
~ Unknown Author

"A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Secret to Friendship

"The secret to friendship is being a good listener."
~ Unknown Author

"Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things in life."
~ James Francis Byrnes

"A reassuring presence, A LIGHT when times are dark, A hand reaching out, Is what friendship is about."
~ Author Unknown

"I can never think of promoting my convenience at the expense of a friend's interest and inclination."
~ George Washington

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Sentimental

"We always thought we'd look back on our tears and laugh, but we never thought we'd look back on our laughter and cry."
~ Author Unknown

"Every time you cross my mind, I think how lucky I've been, to have you as my special friend."
~ Thomas Pustay

"Friends are like money in the bank, longer you keep them, the more they are worth."
~ Unknown Author

"Met you as a stranger
Took you as a friend
Hope we meet in Heaven
Where friendship never ends."
~Unknown Author

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True Friends

"True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost."
~ Charles Caleb Colton

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."
~ Walter Winchell

"The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life."
~ Edward Everett Hale

"Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannot congeal in winter."
~ James Fenimore Cooper

"A true friend is someone you can trust with all your secrets."
~ Unknown Author

"A person is only complete when she has a true friend to understand her, to share all her passions and sorrows with, and to stand by her throughout her life."
~ Unknown Author

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

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"True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."
~ George Washington

"To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship."
~ Sallust

"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. Glasgow

"A true friend remembers your birthday but not your age."
~ Unknown Author

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

"A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart."
~ Attributed to Heather Pryor

"True friends are the people who brighten your smile every time your with them"
~ Julia VeRost

"A true friend is someone who will know your name in heaven"
~ Patricia Pasquariello

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Value of Friends

"Gems may be precious, but friends are priceless."
~ Unknown Author

"My friends are my estate."
~ Emily Dickinson

"I can trust my friends. These people force me to examine, encourage me to grow."
~Cher

"No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever."
~ Francois Mocuriac

"Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods."
~ Artistotle

"A Friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
~ Helen Keller

"A cheerful friend is like a sunny day spreading brightness all around."
~ John Lubcock

"Gift of Frienship is Priceless, Especially When It Comes From YOU."
~Aldora Kwee

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