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Friends And Friendship Quotes

So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

Profession: Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist

The very flexibility and ease which make men's friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. And a man who has a few friends, or one who has a dozen (if there be any one so wealthy on this earth), cannot forget on how precarious a base his happiness reposes; and how by a stroke or two of fate --a death, a few light words, a piece of stamped paper, a woman's bright eyes --he may be left, in a month, destitute of all.

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

Profession: Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist

A friend is a present you give to yourself.

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

Profession: Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist

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

Author: David Storey (1933)

Profession: British Novelist, Playwright

I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred --that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt. If we let our friend become cold and selfish and exacting without a remonstrance, we are no true lover, no true friend.

Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Profession: American Novelist, Antislavery Campaigner

Friendship can only exist between persons with similar interests and points of view. Man and woman by the conventions of society are born with different interests and different points of view.

Author: J. August Strindberg (1849-1912)

Profession: Swedish Dramatist, Novelist, Poet

I have a friend who tells a tale With statements parenthetical; To start at the beginning must To her seem quite heretical; For her accounts of happenings Are full of disconnection s; She starts them in the middle, And proceeds in all directions.

Author: Erica H. Stux

Profession:

The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.

Author: Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857)

Profession: Russian Author

Your notions of friendship are new to me; I believe every man is born with his quantum, and he cannot give to one without robbing another. I very well know to whom I would give the first place in my friendship, but they are not in the way, I am condemned to another scene, and therefore I distribute it in pennyworths to those about me, and who displease me least, and should do the same to my fellow prisoners if I were condemned to a jail.

Author: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Satirist

Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.

Author: Publilius Syrus

Profession: Roman Writer

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.

Author: Publilius Syrus

Profession: Roman Writer

We die as often as we lose a friend.

Author: Publilius Syrus

Profession: Roman Writer

Join the company of lions rather than assume the lead among foxes.

Author: The Talmud

Profession: Jewish Archive of Oral Tradition

Man has three friends on whose company he relies. First, wealth which goes with him only while good fortune lasts. Second, his relatives; they go only as far as the grave, leave him there. The third friend, his good deeds, go with him beyond the grave.

Author: The Talmud

Profession: Jewish Archive of Oral Tradition

Friendship's the privilege of private men; for wretched greatness knows no blessing so substantial.

Author: Nahum Tate (1652-1715)

Profession: British Poet, Dramatist