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Friendship Quotes, Proverbs and Sayings

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A collection of ancient proverbs on the issue of friendship, as well as, some of the finest thoughts, quotes and sayings on friendship from some of the best thinkers the world has seen.

Friendship Quotes and Sayings

Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable. ~Anonymous

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. ~St. Thomas Aquinas

The friendship that can cease has never been real. ~St. Jerome

A friend to all is a friend to none. ~Aristotle

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. ~Aristotle

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

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. ~Mencius

True friends stab you in the front. ~Oscar Wilde

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. ~Elbert Hubbard

A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. ~Elbert Hubbard

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. ~Albert Camus

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. ~Henry David Thoreau

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. ~Plutarch

Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. ~Plautus

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity. ~Robert Hall

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship. ~John D. Rockefeller

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. ~Arnold H. Glasgow

It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. ~Marlene Dietrich

Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn’t seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. ~Buddha

Friends are born, not made. ~Henry B. Adams

A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world. ~Leo Buscaglia

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. ~George Washington

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world. ~Thomas A. Edison

Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go. ~Margaret Walker

Friendship and money: oil and water. ~Mario Puzo

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. ~Robert Brault

The only way to have a friend is to be one. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship needs no words – it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. ~Dag Hammarskjold

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them. ~Francesco Guicciardini

If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends – you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue. ~Alice Duer Miller

It takes a long time to grow an old friend. ~John Leonard

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

Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. ~Margaret Lee Runbeck

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence. ~Joseph Roux

You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. ~Dale Carnegie

 

Friendship Proverbs and Sayings

For the friendship of two, the patience of one is required. ~Indian proverb

Gold is proved in the fire, friendship in need. ~Danish proverb

In forming new friendships, forget not old friends. ~Latin proverb

Your friend’s enemy might be your best friend. ~German proverb

Friendship is honey, but don’t eat it all. ~Moroccan proverb

Presents keep friendship warm. ~German proverb

So long as the pot is boiling, friendship will stay warm. ~Arab proverb

May your friendship not be like a stone: if it breaks you cannot put the pieces together. May it be like iron: when it breaks, you can weld the pieces back together. ~Malagasy proverb

Better an honest enemy than a false friend. ~German proverb

In times of difficulty, friendship is on trial. ~Greek proverb

Distrust is poison to friendship. ~Danish proverb

Ceremony is the smoke of friendship. ~Chinese proverb

Separation secures manifest friendship. ~Indian proverb

Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief. ~Swedish proverb

Honest advice doesn’t destroy true friendship. ~African proverb

A youth that does not cultivate friendship with the elderly is like a tree without roots. ~Ntomba proverb

There are many kinds of fruit that grow on the tree of life, but none so sweet as friendship. ~American proverb

The silence resulting from absence has destroyed many a friendship. ~Latin proverb

Friendship is love with intelligence. ~German proverb

Warm food, warm friendships. ~Czech proverb

Friendship is a plant we must often water. ~German proverb

Kind words heal friendship’s wounds. ~Danish proverb

If you choose to make friendship with a pig you must be prepared to live in the mad. ~African proverb

To preserve friendship, one must build walls. ~Italian proverb

True friendship does not freeze in the winter. ~German proverb

Love without friendship is like a shadow without the sun. ~Japanese proverb

The more intimate the friendship the deadlier the enmity. ~African proverb

Offer not the right hand of friendship to every one. ~Latin proverb

Your friendship is your needs answered. ~Danish proverb

Friendship is an empty word if it only works one way. ~American proverb

A friendship that dies is never reborn. ~Belizean proverb

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. ~Spanish proverb

Little presents maintain friendship. ~French proverb

In adversity is when friendship is proven. ~Portuguese proverb

Friendship likes distance. ~Maasai proverb

A frequent accounting, a long friendship. ~Sicilian proverb

As mills require two stones, so friendship requires two heads. ~Armenian proverb

Friendship lasts as long as the pot boils. ~Latin proverb

Better to lose a little money than a little friendship. ~Malagasy proverb

Mutual gifts cement friendship. ~Ivorian proverb

The person who has no enemies also has no friends. ~German proverb

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