Friendship Quotes by Anonymous

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Friendship is possible only because people do not say to your face the things they say behind your back.

Friendship is like a bank account: you cannot continue to draw on it without making deposits.

The best way to keep friendships from breaking is not to drop them.

No one can ruin friendships as fast as the person who says things even before he has thought of them.

Best Friend Quotes | Friendship Quotes by The French

Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.


The pleasure found in friendship as in love comes more from the things we don't know about others than from the things we know.

La Rochefoucauld

Women give nothing to friendship except what they borrow from love.


On Friendship by Khalil Gibran

"Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

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 un-acclaimed.

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.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.
Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;
For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered."

Khalil Gibran: The Prophet (1923)

Friendship is Disinterested Commerce

Friendship is disinterested commerce between equals; love, an object intercourse between tyrants and slaves.

Oliver Goldsmith

Relation of Estrangement in Friendships

"These friendships were not just easy relations of complicity and likemindedness, but brought both parties face to face with that which exceeds them. To be a friend is to cease to be what one is. It is a relation of estrangement. Only in the eyes of the Other do I exceed my existence as an isolated being. This holds not only for the actuality of friendship, but especially for the exigency of writing."

Ullrich Haase and William Large: Maurice Blanchot (Routledge Critical Thinkers)

A Friend That Will Go to Jail for Me

There is nothing upon the face of the earth so insipid as a medium. Give me love or hate! A friend that will go to jail for me, or an enemy that will run me through the body!

Fanny Burney: Camilla (1796)
Best Friend Quotes

Laughter and the Love of Friends

From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There’s nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.

Hilaire Belloc: Dedicatory Ode

If You Have a Friend

"I wonder if you have a friend with whom you talk, with whom
you expose your own feelings, your own concepts, your ideas and
disillusionment and so on. If you have such a friend, and I hope
you have, if you have such a friend with whom you are discussing,
you are talking over together, neither one nor the other is trying to
persuade the other, persuade, guide, or shape his particular thought.
So if you are willing, we are going to talk over together in that
manner, exploring, enquiring, never accepting what another says,
never expressing one's own strong opinions, but rather without any
bias, in great friendship, which means with great affection
respecting each other, without any arriere pensee, that is, having
some kind of hidden thought, hidden motive."

Krishnamurti: Mind Without Measure

I Was Angry with My Friend

I was angry with my friend;
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

William Blake: Songs of Experience (1794) ‘A Poison Tree’

Best Friend Quotes | To Find a Friend

To find a friend one must close one eye. To keep him—two.

Norman Douglas: Almanac (1941)

When Best Friend Abandons You Temporally

In the third grade you
were best friends with
another girl for six months.
Wow, I hated you for that.

Lorraine Bodger: 500 Reasons Why You're My Best Friend (2003)

Separate Ways Quote

See also Friends Going Separate Ways Quotes.

Unexpectedly Jerry spoke. "Do you like him? Tony? You two get along?"
"I do like him," Denise said. "Thank goodness. I was scared enough
to meet him. Do you have a best friend from childhood?"
"I guess," Jerry said, color rising in his fat, smooth cheeks. "But we
kind of went our separate ways."
"My best friend," said Denise, "when we got to junior high school, she
got kind of fast. Do you want another soda?"

Elizabeth Strout: Olive Kitteridge: Fiction (2008)

Friends Will Be Friends

When you're through with life and all hope is lost,
Hold out your hand cos friends will be friends.

Henry Adams Friendship Quotes

One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.
Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
Henry Adams:
The Education of Henry Adams (1907)