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QUOTES ON FRIENDSHIP


I well know that mirror of friendship, shadow of a shade.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them;
It is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.

MOLIÈRE, The Misanthrope

May he die with no joy at his end,
The man who won't be troubled
To unlock the keys of his heart and make a friend.

EURIPIDES, Medea

A woman can only become a man’s friend in three stages: first, she’s an agreeable acquaintance, then a mistress, and only after that a friend.

ANTON CHEKHOV, Uncle Vanya

Let us learn to show friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, The Great Gatsby

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.

OSCAR WILDE, Lady Windermere's Fan

If you wish to keep your friend, don't go and live with him.

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE, Little Foxes

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.

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE, Little Foxes

A generous friendship no cold medium knows,
Burns with one love, with one resentment glows.

HOMER, The Iliad

Opposition is true Friendship.

WILLIAM BLAKE, A Memorable Fancy

Unreal friendship may turn to real
But real friendship, once ended, cannot be mended.
When the Powers on high decree
For a feeble child of earth
Dire perplexity and woe,
And his spirit doom to pass
With tumult wild from joy to grief,
And back again from grief to joy,
In fearful alternation;
They in mercy then provide,
In the precincts of his home,
Or upon the distant shore,
That to him may never fail
Ready help in hours of need,
A tranquil, faithful friend.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, Iphigenia in Tauris

One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder and symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable to inflict upon our enemies.

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Brave New World

The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain. They know our infantine dispositions, which, however they may be afterwards modified, are never eradicated.

MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein

I guess I can't find lasting friends when I'm an unlasting one myself.

RICHARD BACH, Illusions

Long visits don't make for good friends.

J. M. COETZEE, Disgrace

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