What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
No man is useless while he has a friend.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.
Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love.
It’s the friends you can call up at 4:00 a.m. that really matter.
A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
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.
Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.
Henry David Thoreau
Friends, companions, lovers, are those who treat us in terms of our unlimited worth to ourselves. They are closest to us who best understand what life means to us, who feel for us as we feel for ourselves, who are bound to us in triumph and disaster, who break the spell of our loneliness.
Henry Alonzo Myers
Friendship, on the other hand, serves a great host of different purposes all at the same time. In whatever direction you turn, it still remains yours. No barrier can shut it out. It can never be untimely; it can never be in the way. We need friendship all the time, just as much as we need the proverbial prime necessities of life, fire and water.
Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.
The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right.
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 acknowledgements.
Friends are true twins in soul; they sympathise in everything.
One is not happy without the other, nor can either of them be miserable alone. As if they could change bodies, they take in turns in pain as well as in pleasure; relieving one another in their most adverse conditions.
There is nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.
True friends stab you in the front.
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe unto him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
The Bible, Ecclesiastes 4. 9
Whatever you are it is your own friends who make your world.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the ‘nay’ in your own mind, nor do you withhold the ‘ay.
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as
the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
A friend loveth at all times.
The Bible, Proverbs 17. 17
I love you not only for who you are, but for what you are when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but what you are making of me.
I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good, and more than any fate could have done to make me happy.
You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself. Perhaps that is what being a friend means, after all.
I want someone to laugh with me, someone to be grave with me, someone to please me and help my discrimination with his or her own remark, and at times, no doubt, to admire my acuteness and penetration.
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.
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
One who looks for a friend without faults will have none.
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.