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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 The Spectator, March 17, 1911

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
- Aristotle Eudemian Ethics

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

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

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

Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero On Friendship

The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero De Amicitia

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.
- Colette The Pure and the Impure

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

Have no friends not equal to yourself.
- Confucius The Confucian Analects

Never refuse any advance of friendship, for if nine out of ten bring you nothing, one alone may repay you.
- Madame de Tencin

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

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

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

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 Jr. Holmes

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

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 A Hundred Sayings

The friendship that can cease has never been real.
- Saint Jerome Letter

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

Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
- Thomas Jones

Friends have all things in common.
- Plato Dialogues, Phaedrus

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

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

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

To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship.
- Sallust The War with Catiline

We are advertis'd by our loving friends.
- William Shakespeare

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

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
- Publilius Syrus

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.
- Publilius Syrus Maxims

We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.
- Thucydides Peloponnesian War

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

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

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