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Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. Khalil Gibran

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In comradeship is danger countered best. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Have friends. 'Tis a second existence. Baltasar Gracián y Morales

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In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. Khalil Gibran

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

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Never have a companion that casts you in the shade. Baltasar Gracián y Morales

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Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. Khalil Gibran

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The mind is lowered through association with inferiors. With equals it attains equality; and with superiors, superiority.

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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.

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Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. Baltasar Gracián y Morales

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The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out. William Hazlitt

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There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our friends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please --that is, as they please or displease us. William Hazlitt

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There are persons who cannot make friends. Who are they? Those who cannot be friends. It is not the want of understanding or good nature, of entertaining or useful qualities, that you complain of: on the contrary, they have probably many points of attraction; but they have one that neutralizes all these --they care nothing about you, and are neither the better nor worse for what you think of them. They manifest no joy at your approach; and when you leave them, it is with a feeling that they can do just as well without you. This is not sullenness, nor indifference, nor absence of mind; but they are intent solely on their own thoughts, and you are merely one of the subjects they exercise them upon. They live in society as in a solitude. William Hazlitt

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There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love. William Hazlitt

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One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. Euripides

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Friendship Never explain -- your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe it anyway. A real friend never gets in your way, unless you happen to be on the way down. A friend is someone you can do nothing with and enjoy it. However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. It is not so much the example of others we imitate, as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words. Eric Hoffer

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Let your best be for your friend... Khalil Gibran

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Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. Khalil Gibran

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Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves. Oliver Goldsmith

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An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse. John Gay

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There is no friend as loyal as a book Ernest Hemingway

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Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature. Nathaniel Hawthorne

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I didn't find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. Mahatma Gandhi

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Every deed and every relationship is surrounded by an atmosphere of silence. Friendship needs no words -- it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. Dag Hammarskjöld

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'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected. Charles Lamb

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I hate it in friends when they come too late to help. Euripides

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Friendship needs no words... Dag Hammarskjöld

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Of all things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship. Epicurus

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I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about. William Hazlitt

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I do then with my friends as I do with my books. I would have them where I can find them, but I seldom use them. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need. Epicurus

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However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. It is not so much the example of others we imitate, as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words. Eric Hoffer

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A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care to acquire. François de La Rochefoucauld

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

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

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A good friend is my nearest relation. Thomas Fuller

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Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off. Francis de Sales

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Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul. They always are heavily loaded, and you must bear half. François Fénelon

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Friends show their love in times of trouble... Euripides

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Life has no blessing like a prudent friend. Euripides

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Your friend is your needs answered. Khalil Gibran

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It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. François de La Rochefoucauld

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Every man passes his life in the search after friendship. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them. William Hazlitt

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I'm treating you as a friend asking you to share my present minuses in the hope that I can ask you to share my future pluses Katherine Mansfield

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The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love. Hubert Humphrey

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It may be a cold, clammy thing to say, but those that treat friendship the same as any other selfishness seem to get the most out of it. Edgar Watson Howe

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My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. Henry Ford

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The good man is the friend of all living things. Mahatma Gandhi