True friendship withstands time, distance, and silence.

—Isabel Allende, 2000

Friendship is not possible between two women, one of whom is very well dressed.

—Laurie Colwin, 1978

A friend in power is a friend lost.

—Henry Adams, 1905

In real friendship the judgment, the genius, the prudence of each party become the common property of both.

—Maria Edgeworth, 1787

There is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship.

—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1943

Friendship! Sir, there can be no such thing without an equality.

—George Farquhar, 1702

One’s friends are divided into two classes, those one knows because one must and those one knows because one mustn’t.

—Sybil Taylor, 1922

We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us but for ours to amuse them.

—Evelyn Waugh, 1963

Friends are fictions founded on some single momentary experience.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1864

Friendships begin with liking or gratitude—roots that can be pulled up.

—George Eliot, 1876

In life our absent friend is far away: / But death may bring our friend exceeding near.

—Christina Rossetti, 1881

Friendship itself will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.

—Robert Wilson Lynd, 1924

Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.

—Jane Austen, 1811