Selasa, 08 Desember 2009


“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out”.

“A friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else”.

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words”.

“A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself”.

“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”.

“Everyone is a friend, until they prove otherwise”.

“A Friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway”.

“Friendship is the only rose without thorns”.

“Friends are forever, you might lose them but you’ll never forget them”.

“Friendship is like a garden. It is beautiful when it is watered and
tended to with love and care of prayers, hugs, tears and cheers,
but it will be withered up if, dry up and die if left untouched”.

“Having someone who understands is a great blessing for ourselves.
Being someone who understands is a great blessing to others”.

“A friend is one who knows who you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still gently allows you to grow”.

“No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth”.

“Though miles may lie between us, we’re never far apart, for friendship doesn’t count the miles, it’s measured by the heart”.

“A true friend walks in when the whole world walks out”.

“A friend is someone who will always be there when everyone else fails”.

“Friends are like stars, you can’t always see them but you know that they’re there”.

“Friendship is not how long you’ve been together. It isn’t how much you’ve given or received; nor how many times you’ve helped each other, but it’s how you value one another”.

“If I could give you one thing I would wish for you,
the ability to see yourself as others see you, then you would realize what a truly special person you are”.

“The lamp of friendship always burn with the oil of love”.

“It is a fragile thread that binds us together, so handle it with care”.

“Love is blind, but friendship closes its eyes”.

“When the world gets dark, friends are the batteries in your flashlight”.

“A true friend can see the suffering in your eyes, while everyone else can just see the smile on your face”.

"Friends always show their love. What are brothers for if not to share troubles?"

Seorang sahabat menaruh kasih setiap waktu, dan menjadi seorang saudara dalam kesukaran.

Proverbs 17:17

"Some friendships do not last, but some friends are more loyal than brothers."
- Proverbs 18:24

"Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shall drink it with pleasure."

Sahabat lama jangan kautinggalkan; niscaya yang baru tidak sebanding dengannya. Sahabat baru serupa dengan air anggur yang baru, setelah menjadi tua dapat kauminum dengan senang hati
- Sirach 9:10

"An honest answer is the sign of true friendship."
- Proverbs 24:26

"A friend means well, even when he hurts you. But when an enemy puts his hand round your shoulder - watch out!"

Seorang kawan memukul dengan maksud baik, tetapi seorang lawan mencium secara berlimpah-limpah.
- Proverbs 27:6

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."
- Bible: Ecclesiastes

"My friends are my estate. Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them. They tell me those who were poor early have different views of gold. I don't know how that is. God is not so wary as we, else He would give us no friends, lest we forget Him."
- Emily Dickinson

"The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them."
- John 15:13

"A friend is one who strengthens you with prayers, blesses you with love and encourages you with hope."
- sent by Chris

""A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure."

Sahabat setiawan merupakan perlindungan yang kokoh, barangsiapa menemukan orang serupa itu sungguh mendapat harta

Sirach 6:14

"Cherish your friend, keep faith in him"
- Sirach 27:17 ( sent by Melanie Eilers)

"Those who live in the Lord never see each other for the last time."

" Faithful friends are beyond price: No amount can balance their worth
- Bible ( Old Testament ) Sirach 6:15

"A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses."
- Proverbs 27:19
NB: Brendan Johnston notes that this passage usually reads: "As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man."

"A friend loveth at all times."
- Proverbs 17:17

"Does it make me a stranger that my best friend was born in a manger?"
-dcTalk's song 'Jesus Freak'

"Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend's countenance."
-Proverbs 27:17 -Sent in by Frankie

"Friends in Christ are friends forever"

Orang yang takut akan Tuhan memelihara persahabatan dengan lurus hati, sebab seperti ia sendiri demikianpun temannya.

Sirach 6:17

-Sent in by Haley

"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 - Sent in by Kellene

Sirach 6:14-17

6:14 Sahabat setiawan merupakan perlindungan yang kokoh, barangsiapa menemukan orang serupa itu sungguh mendapat harta.

6:15 Sahabat setiawan tiada ternilai, dan harganya tidak ada tertimbang.

6:16 Sahabat setiawan adalah obat kehidupan, orang yang takut akan Tuhan memperolehnya.

6:17 Orang yang takut akan Tuhan memelihara persahabatan dengan lurus hati, sebab seperti ia sendiri demikianpun temannya.

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

Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow brings the end, and somewhere in the middle we became the best of friends. ~Author Unknown

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

Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things. ~Author Unknown

Soul-mates are people who bring out the best in you. They are not perfect but are always perfect for you. ~Author Unknown

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

A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out. ~Grace Pulpit

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

The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had. ~Author Unknown

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

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

It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. ~Marlene Dietrich

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

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. ~Aristotle

I like her because she smiles at me and means it. ~Anonymous

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. ~Emily Kimbrough

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh!" he whispered. "Yes, Piglet?" "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you." ~A.A. Milne

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

Are we not like two volumes of one book? ~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. ~Flavia Weedn, Forever, ©

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. ~Oprah Winfrey

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

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

A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should. ~Author Unknown

Friends are relatives you make for yourself. ~Eustache Deschamps

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

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. ~Douglas Pagels

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world. ~Leo Buscaglia

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

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

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. ~Henri Nouwen

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer

True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. ~Dave Tyson Gentry

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. ~Virginia Woolf

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. ~Henry David Thoreau

She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind. ~Toni Morrison, Beloved

Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. ~Plautus

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. ~George MacDonald

Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. ~Margaret Lee Runbeck, Answer Without Ceasing

Yes we are [friends] and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequential chatter. I wouldn't mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you, reading the back half of the paper while you read the front. We are friends and I would miss you, do miss you and think of you very often. I don't want to lose this happy space where I have found someone who is smart and easy and doesn't bother to check her diary when we arrange to meet. ~Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body, 1992

It takes a long time to grow an old friend. ~John Leonard

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. ~William Blake

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

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing. ~Katherine Mansfield

We have been friends together
In sunshine and in shade.
~Caroline Sheridan Norton

Friends are the sailors who guide your rickety boat safely across the dangerous waters of life. ~Sare and Cate

The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. ~Barbara Kingsolver

There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul. ~Edith Wharton

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. ~Robert Brault,

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive. ~Anäis Nin

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. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. ~Menclus

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

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. ~Swedish Proverb

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Craik

I felt it shelter to speak to you. ~Emily Dickinson

No road is long with good company. ~Turkish Proverb

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust

Sometimes i want to shout to the whole world how lucky i am to have you as my friend but sometimes i want to hush...afraid that somebody might take you away from me.

A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.
Bernard Meltzer

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
Abraham Lincoln

Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness.
Lois L. Kaufman

Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.
Swedish proverb

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.

A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Henry David Thoreau

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
Czech. Proverb

Abraham Lincoln: Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

Albert Camus: Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.

Alice Walker: No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

Anaïs Nin: 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.

Ann Richards: I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you.

Anna Garlin Spencer: The friendship between a man and a woman which does not lead to marriage or desire for marriage may be a life long experience of the greatest value to themselves and to all their circle of acquaintance and of activity; but for this type of friendship both a rare man and a rare woman are needed. Perhaps it should be added that either the man or the woman thus deeply bound in lifelong friendship who seeks marriage must find a still rarer man or woman to wed, to make such a three cornered comradeship a permanent success.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh: If one is estranged from oneself, then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.

Aristotle: What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

Audre Lorde: The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.

Ben Jonson: True friendship consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and value.

Bertrand Russell: A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation.

Blaise Pascal: Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.

C.S. Lewis: Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You, too? Thought I was the only one."

Charlie Daniels: A brief candle; both ends burning
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You're free at last.

written en route to the funeral for his friend, Ronnie Van Zant of the band, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Cicero: It is virtue, virtue, which both creates and preserves friendship. On it depends harmony of interest, permanence, fidelity.

Confucius: Silence is the true friend that never betrays.

Cornelia Otis Skinner: To cement a new friendship, especially between foreigners or persons of a different social world, a spark with which both were secretly charged must fly from person to person, and cut across the accidents of place and time.

The Ape in Me, 1959

David Hume: Truth springs from argument amongst friends.

Deng Ming-Dao: Those truly linked don't need correspondence. When they meet again after many years apart, Their friendship is as true as ever.

Don Marquis: 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. At these moments something fine and spiritual passes between two friends. These are the moments worth living.

E. B. White: You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that.

Charlotte, "Charlotte's Web"

E.M. Forster: One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.

E.R. Bulwer-Lytton: It is difficult to say who do you the most mischief: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best.

Ecclesiasticus 6:14: A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure.

Edgar Watson Howe: When 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.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world.

Elie Wiesel: Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.

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

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

Emily Dickinson: I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you -- Nobody -- too?
Then there's a pair of us?
Don't tell! they'd advertise -- you know!

Emily Dickinson: Bereavement in their death to feel
Whom We have never seen --
A Vital Kinsmanship import
Our Soul and theirs -- between --

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

3rd century BCE

Francis David: We need not think alike to love alike.

Friedrich Nietzsche: It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

George Eliot: Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.

George Eliot: What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?

George Santayana: Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.

Persons and Places: The Middle Span, 1945

George Santayana: The loneliest woman in the world is a woman without a close woman friend.

The Life of Reason, 1905-1906

George Washington: Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

Gore Vidal: Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.

H.H. the Dalai Lama: We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.

Henri Nouwen: When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

Henry David Thoreau: True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.

Henry David Thoreau: 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 Ward Beecher: It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.

Indira Gandhi: You can't shake hands with a clenched fist.

It's a Wonderful Life: Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.

Jane Austen: Friendship is the finest balm for the pangs of despised love.

Jane Austen: Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.

Jessamyn West: Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.

Katherine Mansfield: I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.

La Rochefoucauld: A true friend is the most precious of all possessions and the one we take the least thought about acquiring.

Louisa May Alcott: "Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.

Marcel Proust: Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

Margaret Guenther: We all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us.

Mark Twain: The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.

Mark Twain:

The holy passion of friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring in nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.

Mark Twain: Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Marlene Dietrich: It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

Martin Luther King, jr.: In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends

May Sarton: Though friendship is not quick to burn,
It is explosive stuff.

Maya Angelou: Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Mohandas K. Gandhi: It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.

Norman Douglas: To find a friend one must close one eye; To keep him, two.

Oscar Levant: I have no trouble with my enemies. But my goddam friends,...they are the ones that keep me walking the floor nights.

Rabindranath Tagore: Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.

Rachel Carson: If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.

Rachel Naomi Remen: The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.... A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners. Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: 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: A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, adapted: 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 you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

Robert Frost: When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don't stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven't hoed,
And shout from where I am, What is it?
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

Robert Louis Stevenson: We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

Robert Louis Stevenson: We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world, and the best that we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

Robert McAfee Brown: How does one keep from "growing old inside"? Surely only in community. The only way to make friends with time is to stay friends with people…. Taking community seriously not only gives us the companionship we need, it also relieves us of the notion that we are indispensable.

Rollo May: There is an energy field between humans. And, when we reach out in passion, it is met with an answering passion and changes the relationship forever.

Samuel Coleridge: Friendship is a sheltering tree.

Samuel Johnson: There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.

Samuel Johnson: Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Friendship is a sheltering tree.

Sarah Orne Jewett: Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of.

Seneca: Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.

Shel Silverstein: Friendship
I've discovered a way to stay friends forever --

There's really nothing to it.

I simply tell you what to do

And you do it!

Shusha Guppy: The verb "to love" in Persian is "to have a friend." "I love you" translated literally is "I have you as a friend," and "I don't like you" simply means "I don't have you as a friend."

Simone Weil: The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, "What are you going through?"

Simone Weil: Do not allow yourself to be imprisoned by any affection. Keep your solitude. The day, if it ever comes, when you are given true affection there will be no opposition between interior solitude and friendship, quite the reverse. It is even by this infallible sign that you will recognize it.

Sir Francis Bacon: There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.

Sir Francis Bacon: We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.

Song of Solomon: This is my beloved and this is my friend.

Thomas Jefferson: But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.

Toni Morrison: I'm a controversial figure. My friends either dislike me or hate me.

speech, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, 1978

Unknown: Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.

Unknown: Love is blind, but friendship closes its eyes.

W. Somerset Maugham: It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.

Warren G. Harding: Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.

William Blake: The bird a nest
the spider a web
the human friendship.

William Blake: It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

Zora Neale Hurston: It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it

We are friends and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequential chatter. I wouldn't mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you, reading the back half of the paper while you read the front. We are friends and I would miss you, do miss you and think of you very often.

Jeanette Winterson quotes

Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.

To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.

Brandi Snyder quotes

Even though we've changed and we're all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we'll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we're not all still friends .

This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh

A. A. Milne quotes (English Humorist, creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, 1882-1956)

If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.

Winnie the Pooh quotes

What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes (German Playwright, Poet, Novelist and Dramatist. 1749-1832)

A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.

Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,
And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.

Ali ibn-Abi-Talib (602 AD - 661 AD), A Hundred Sayings

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.

Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Eudemian Ethics

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

Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Nichomachean Ethics

A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.

Arthur Brisbane, "The Book of Today"

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.

Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), On Friendship, 44 B.C.

The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.

Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), De Amicitia

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.

Colette (1873 - 1954), The Pure and the Impure, 1932

Being friendless taught me how to be a friend. Funny how that works.

Colleen Wainwright, Communicatrix, 11-09-07

Have no friends not equal to yourself.

Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), The Confucian Analects

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.

Czech Proverb

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

Dale Carnegie

My mother used to say that there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet. She's now in a maximum security twilight home in Australia.

Dame Edna Everage (1934 - )

You're supposed to trust friends. You have no reason to be his friend? That is part of the pleasure of friendship: trusting without absolute evidence and then being rewarded for that trust.

David Shore, House M.D., Not Cancer, 2008

Never explain--your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)

Nothing changes your opinion of a friend so surely as success - yours or his.

Franklin P. Jones, Saturday Evening Post, November 29, 1953

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. 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 (1732 - 1799)

Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887 - 1986)

All people want is someone to listen.

Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, May 8, 2003

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.

Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Northanger Abbey

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.

Japanese Proverb

Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren't bad people; they're just acquaintances.

Jay Leno (1950 - )

In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.

John Churton Collins

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

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, 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

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)

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

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, Weblog, August 27, 2003

When someone allows you to bear his burdens, you have found deep friendship.

Real Live Preacher, 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, 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

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.

Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)

Friends, in my experience, are like ladies' fashions. They come and go with the seasons, and are rarely of such stout stuff as bears repeated wearing.

Stephanie Barron, Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor, 1996

Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.

Thomas Fuller (1608 - 1661)

Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.

Thomas Jones (1892 - 1969)

We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.

Thucydides (471 BC - 400 BC), Peloponnesian War

I've learned that all a person has in life is family and friends. If you lose those, you have nothing, so friends are to be treasured more than anything else in the world.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Prehistoric Ice Man, 1999

Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Unknown, (often attributed to Albert Camus)

I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

We are advertis'd by our loving friends.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)


A friend is someone we turn to
when our spirits need a lift.
A friend is someone we treasure
for our friendship is a gift.
A friend is someone who fills our lives
with beauty, joy, and grace.
And makes the whole world we live in
a better and happier place.

- Jean Kyler McManus –

You are friendly, kind and caring
Sensitive, loyal and understanding
Humorous, fun, secure and true
Always there... yes that's you.

Special, accepting, exciting and wise
Truthful and helpful, with honest blue eyes
Confiding, forgiving, cheerful and bright
Yes that's you... not one bit of spite.

You're one of a kind, different from others
Generous, charming, but not one that smothers
Optimistic, thoughtful, happy and game
But not just another... in the long chain.

Appreciative, warm and precious like gold
Our friendship won't tarnish or ever grow old
You'll always be there, I know that is true
I'll always be here... always for you.

- Written and owned by Angela Lee Hillsley –

I believe in angels,
The kind that heaven sends,
I am surrounded by angels,
But I call them friends.

- Aizabel Parinas –

Standing by,
All the way.
Here to help you through your day.

Holding you up,
When you are weak,
Helping you find what it is you seek.

Catching your tears,
When you cry.
Pulling you through when the tide is high.

Just being there,
Through thick and thin,
All just to say, you are my friend.

- Brittani Kokko –

The Miracle Of Friendship

There is a miracle called Friendship
that dwells within the heart
and you don't know how it happens
or when it even starts.

But the happiness it brings you
always gives a special lift
and you realize that Friendship
is God's most precious gift.

- Jean Kyler McManus –

Friends will come and friends will go,
The seasons change and it will show,
I will age and so will you,
But our friendship stays, strong and true.

- Author Unknown –

A Friend's Greeting

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.

I'd like to do the big things and
the splendid things for you,
To brush the gray from out your skies
and leave them only blue;

I'd like to say the kindly things that
I so oft have heard,
And feel that I could rouse your soul
the way that mine you've stirred.

I'd like to give you back the joy
that you have given me,
Yet that were wishing you a need
I hope will never be;

I'd like to make you feel as rich as I,
who travel on
Undaunted in the darkest hours with you to
lean upon.

I'm wishing at this time that I
could but repay
A portion of the gladness that
you've strewn along my way;

And could I have one wish this year,
this only would it be:
I'd like to be the sort of friend
that you have been to me.

- Edgar A Guest –


There's nothing as nice as someone who shares,
your laughter, your secrets, your wishes and cares,
someone who's there through your good times and tears,
who stays by your side as your friend through the years.

- Autymn Skillings

For Those Lost In 9/11

If I could catch a rainbow
I would do it just for you,
And share with you its beauty
On the days you're feeling blue

If I could build a mountain
You could call your very own,
A place to find serenity,
A place to be alone

If I could take your troubles
I would toss them in the sea,
But all these things I'm finding
Are impossible for me

I cannot build a mountain,
Or catch a rainbow fair,
But let me be what I know best,
A friend who's always there

- Author Unknown –

The Gift Of Knowing You

There are gifts of many treasures
For both the young and old,
From the tiniest little trinkets
To great boxes filled with gold.

But, put them all together
And they could not stand in lieu,
Of the greatest gift of all
The gift of knowing you.

When your times are filled with troubles
Sadness, grief, or even doubt,
When all those things you planned on
Just aren't turning out.

Just turn and look behind you
From the place at which you stand,
And look for me through the shadows
And reach out for my hand.

I will lift from you your burden
And cry for you your tears,
Bear the pain of all your sorrows
Though it may be for a thousand years.

For in the end I would be happy
To have helped you start anew,
It's a small price to pay
For the gift of knowing you.

- Dave Stout –

You remind me of a flower,
Pretty, inside and outside.
A reason why people smile everyday,
A gift to all.

You remind me of chocolate,
Luscious and sweet.
Someone people can turn to in crisis,
Loved by all.

You remind me of a teddy,
Cute and huggable.
Someone people feel comfortable with,
Special to all.

You remind me of a balloon,
Happy and bouncy.
Someone people can have fun with,
Enjoyed by all.

You remind me of a lot of things,
But nothing can compare to the real person,
A friend I can look up to,
Cherished by me.

- Jenny Yu –

Cherished Friends

God must have known there would be times
We'd need a word of cheer,
Someone to praise a triumph
Or brush away a tear.

He must have known we'd need to share
The joy of "little things"
In order to appreciate
The happiness life brings.

I think He knew our troubled hearts
Would sometimes throb with pain,
At trials and misfortunes,
Or goals we can't attain.

He knew we'd need the comfort
Of an understanding heart
To give us strength and courage
To make a fresh, new start.

He knew we'd need companionship,
Unselfish... lasting... true,
And so God answered the heart's great need
With cherished friends... like you!

- Author Unknown –

When you ask God for a gift,
Be thankful if he sends,
Not diamonds, pearls, or riches,
but the love of real true friends.

- Helen Steiner Rice –

Among life's precious jewels,
Genuine and rare,
The one that we call friendship
Has worth beyond compare.

- Author Unknown –

A Golden Chain

Friendship is a Golden Chain,
The links are friends so dear,
And like a rare and precious jewel
It's treasured more each year...

It's clasped together firmly
With a love that's deep and true,
And it's rich with happy memories
and fond recollections, too...

Time can't destroy its beauty
For, as long as memory lives,
Years can't erase the pleasure
That the joy of friendship gives...

For friendship is a priceless gift
That can't be bought or sold,
But to have an understanding friend
Is worth far more than gold...

And the Golden Chain of Friendship
Is a strong and blessed tie
Binding kindred hearts together
As the years go passing by.

- Helen Steiner Rice –

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