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.
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, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, August 27, 2003
When someone allows you to bear his burdens, you have found deep friendship.
Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com 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, RealLivePreacher.com 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)