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.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it’s the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friend.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.
Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world.
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.
The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
Charles Caleb Colton
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.
My friends are my estate.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
A friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else.
It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
I get by with a little help from my friends.
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Aristophanes c.444-c.380 B.C. In Diogenes Laertius ‘Lives of Eminent Philosophers’ bk. 5, sect. 20