Friendship

"The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love."
– Hubert Humphrey

"Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget."
– unknown

"Many kinds of fruit grow upon the tree of life, but none so sweet as friendship; as with the orange tree its blossoms and fruit appear at the same time, full of refreshment for sense and for soul."
– Lucy Larcom

""Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary."
– Amos Bronson Alcott

"One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood."
– Seneca

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."
– Walter Winchell

"What is a Friend? I'll tell you. It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself. Your soul can go naked with him. He seems to ask you to put on nothing, only to be what you really are."

"When you are with him, you do not have to be on your guard. You can say what you think, so long as it is genuinely you."

"He understands those contradictions in your nature that cause others to misjudge you. With him you breathe freely—you can avow your little vanities and envies and absurdities, and in opening them up to him they are dissolved on the white ocean of his loyalty."

"He understands.—You can weep with him, laugh with him, pray with him—through and underneath it all he sees, knows and loves you."
– Anonymous

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

"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together."
– Woodrow Wilson

"When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there."
– unknown

"Elizabeth Barrett Browning: What is the secret of your life? Tell me, that I may make mine beautiful, too."

"Charles Kingsley: I had a friend."

"Some people make the world SPECIAL just by being in it."
– unknown

"Few people give themselves time to be friends."
– Robert Southey

"To be without a friend is to be poor indeed."
– Proverb from Somalia

"Friendship is an education. It draws the friend out of himself and all that is selfish and ignoble in him and leads him to life's higher levels of altruism and sacrifice. Many a man has been saved from a life of frivolity and emptiness to a career of noble service by finding at a critical hour the right kind of friend."
– G. D. Prentice

"My coat and I live comfortably together. It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere, has moulded itself on my deformities, and is complacent to all my movements, and I only feel its presence because it keeps me warm. Old coats and old friends are the same thing."
– Victor Hugo

"He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life."
– Sophocles

"We learn our virtues from the friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection."
– Johann Paul Friedrich Richter

"True friends, like ivy and the wall
Both stand together, and together fall."
– Thomas Carlyle

"A best friend is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have."
– unknown

"People who have warm friends are healthier and happier than those who have none. A single real friend is a treasure worth more than gold or precious stones. Money can buy many things, good and evil. All the wealth of the world could not buy you a friend or pay you for the loss of one."
– G. D. Prentice

"If a man could mount to Heaven and survey the mighty universe, his admiration of its beauties would be much diminished unless he had someone to share in his pleasure."
– Cicero

"Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache: Do be my enemy—for friendship's sake."
– William Blake

"Trouble is a great sieve through which we sift our acquaintances; those who are too big to pass through are friends."
– North Carolina Churchman

"Most people walk in and out of our lives, but only true friends leave footprints in our hearts."
– unknown

"Treat a friend as a person who may someday become your enemy; an enemy as a person who may someday become your friend."
– George Bernard Shaw

"A day for toil, an hour for sport,
But for a friend is life too short."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Good friends are like stars. . . You don't always see them, but you know they are there."
– unknown

"Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."
– Muhammad Ali

"Friendship cheers like a sunbeam; charms like a good story; inspires like a brave leader; binds like a golden chain; guides like a heavenly vision."
– Newell D. Hillis

"In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends."
– John Churton Collins

"I asked God for water, he gave me an ocean.
I asked God for a flower, he gave me a garden.
I asked God for a tree, he gave me a forest.
I asked God for a friend, he gave me YOU."
– unknown

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

"A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother."
– Benjamin Franklin

"I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me."
– Abraham Lincoln

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
– New Testament: John 15:13

"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."
– Thomas Jefferson

"An open foe may prove a curse;
But a pretended friend is worse."
– Benjamin Franklin

"Every one must have felt that a cheerful friend is like a sunny day, which sheds its brightness on all around; and most of us can, as we choose make of this world a palace or a prison."
– Sir John Lubbock

"When adversities flow, then love ebbs; but friendship standeth stiffly in storms."
– John Lyly

"The mind is rarely so disturbed, but that the company of a friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness."
– Adam Smith

"Do good to thy friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him."
– Benjamin Franklin

"A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall." So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince hiim that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey which catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the highroad to his reason . . ."
– Abraham Lincoln

"Real friends are people who let you have your own truths.
 Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly."
– Publilius Syrus

"Despite the bitterness engendered by the Civil War, Lincoln never missed an opportunity to speak kindly of the South. An ardent Union supporter once took him to task for this attitude. "Why try to make friends with your enemies?" he protested. "You should destroy them."

"Am I not destroying my enemies," gently replied Lincoln, "When I make friends of them?"

"We need someone to believe in us—if we do well, we want our work commended, our faith corroborated. The individual who thinks well of you, who keeps his mind on your good qualities, and does not look for flaws, is your friend. Who is my brother? I'll tell you: he is one who recognizes the good in me."
– Elbert Hubbard

"No man is useless who has a friend, and if we are loved we are indispensable."
– Robert Louis Stevenson
novelist, essayist, and poet
(1850-1894)

"If you open the door to the magnetic power of friendship, souls of like vibrations will be attracted to you."
– Paramahansa Yogananda

"This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects, for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half."
– Francis Bacon
  Essays

"A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world."
– Leo Buscaglia
author, speaker and professor
(1924-1998)

Flowing Thoughtfulness

"When one person is thoughtful to another, the thoughtfulness gets carried on and on.
It is like a river of kindness, once blocked by rocks,
That is suddenly opened by a single person's kind thought or act.
The river runs freely again, and continues to flow,
Moving more rocks and reaching the hearts of others.
When one person is thoughtful to another the thoughtfulness gets carried on and on.
The more we get together and help each other,
The more friendship there can be throughout many different places.
The friendship can begin like a small stream in a single neighborhood.
And then expand throughout a river of districts, states, countries, and even continents.
When one person is thoughtful to another, the thoughtfulness gets carried on and on.
Soon, we could have a whole ocean of friendships, and that's how the world was created
And how it should always be."
– Mattie J.T. Stepanek
1990-2004)

"It is good to have a friend…
Someone to comfort, and someone to be comforted by.
Someone to trust, and someone to be trusted by.
Someone to play with, and someone who will play with you.
It is good to have a friend…
A true friend offers respect and honesty.
A true friend shows consideration and trust.
A true friend cares and supports gently.
True friends work together as a team.
It is good to have a friend…
Friendship is a very special gift.
Friendship is a very special bond.
Friendship is a very special relationship between and among people.
It is good to have a friend…
When one has a friend, one can feel loved for being oneself.
When one has a friend, one can believe and rejoice in the moment.
When one has a friend, one can travel through life in contentment.
It is good to have a friend…
Hand-to-hand, heart-to-heart, spirit-to-spirit,
Friendship is the key that opens the door to harmony,
The river of peace, and the hope of the future.
It is good to have, and to be, a friend."
– Mattie J.T. Stepanek
(1990-2004)

"Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives."
– Alexander Dumas

"A friend: one who knows all about you and loves you just the same."
– Elbert Hubbard

"The world is round so that friendship may encircle it."
– E.C.McKenzie

"Friendship is the common path that leads us into life’s very heart."
– Eugene Kennedy

"Friendship helps us realize how beautiful the world really is, for a friend truly makes the earth a better place to live."
– unknown

"Good friends remind us that even if we cannot be stars there’s no need for us to be rain clouds"
– unknown

"Fame is the scentless sunflower, with gaudy crown of gold,
But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold."
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

"Life is a chronicle of friendship. Friends create the world anew each day. Without their loving care, courage would not suffice to keep hearts strong for life."
– Helen Keller

"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."
– Kahlil Gibran

"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."
– Thomas Jefferson

"None is so rich that he can get along without a friend, and none so poor that he cannot be enriched by one."
– unknown

"A real friend will not visit you in prosperity unless he is invited, but when you are in adversity he will call without invitation."
– Herbert V. Prochnow

"Some people may still have their first dollar, but the man who is really wealthy is the fellow who still has his first friend."
– E. C. McKenzie

"Go often to the house of your friend, for weeds soon choke up the unused path."
– Old Scandinavian proverb

"Make new friends but keep the old, those are silver, these are gold."
– Joseph Parry

"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 he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

"May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you."
– Irish Friendship Wish

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive."
– Anais Nin

"True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost."
– Charles Caleb Colton

"Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief."
– Joseph Addison
English essayist, poet, and statesman

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive."
-Anais Nin
French born author, best known for her diaries

"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us; when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."
– Washington Irving
American writer
(1783-1959)

"Find the gift behind the challenge and it will become your friend."
– unknown

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