Friendship Quotes

We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection. (Jean Paul Richter)

You can always tell a real friend: when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job. (Laurence J. Peter)

Friendship is the next pleasure we may hope for: and where we find it not at home, or have no home to find it in, we may seek it abroad. It is an union of spirits, a marriage of hearts, and the bond thereof virtue. (William Penn)

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)

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever. (Francois Muriac)

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. (Mencius)

No young man starting in life could have better capital than plenty of friends. They will strengthen his credit, support him in every great effort, and make him what, unaided, he could never be. Friends of the right sort will help him more - to be happy and successful - than much money. (Orison Swett Marden)

The better part of one's life consists of his friendships. (Abraham Lincoln)

Reprove your friend in secret and praise him openly. (Leonardo da Vinci)

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice. (Ben Jonson)

There is no friend like the old friend, who has shared our morning days, No greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise. Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold.But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind. (William Hazlitt)

Friends have all things in common.

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

There can be no Friendship where there is no Freedom. Friendship loves a free Air, and will not be penned up in straight and narrow Enclosures. It will speak freely, and act so too; and take nothing ill where no ill is meant; nay, where it is, ’twill easily forgive, and forget too, upon small Acknowledgments. (William Penn)

What I cannot love, I overlook. (Anais Nin)

I am learning to live close to the lives of my friends without ever seeing them. No miles of any measurement can separate your soul from mine. (John Muir)

There is nothing we like to see so much as the gleam of pleasure in a person's eye when he feels that we have sympathized with him, understood him, interested ourself in his welfare. At these moments something fine and spiritual passes between two friends. These moments are the moments worth living. (Don Marquis)

I desire to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me. (Abraham Lincoln)

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

Thus it is that my friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation. (Helen Keller)

But 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)

True friendship is self-love at second hand; where, as in a flattering mirror we may see our virtues magnified and our errors softened, and where we may fancy our opinion of ourselves confirmed by an impartial and faithful witness. (William Hazlett)