Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.

—Gore Vidal, 1973

Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, / And say my glory was I had such friends.

—W.B. Yeats, 1937

There are people whom one loves immediately and forever. Even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough.

—Nancy Spain, 1956

A friend in power is a friend lost.

—Henry Adams, 1905

I count myself in nothing else so happy / As in a soul remembering my good friends.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1595

Of my friends, I am the only one I have left.

—Terence, 161 BC

There is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship.

—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1943

Friend! It is a common word, often lightly used. Like other good and beautiful things, it may be tarnished by careless handling.

—Harriet Jacobs, 1861

I am weary of friends, and friendships are all monsters.

—Jonathan Swift, 1710

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

—Laurie Colwin, 1978

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

—Robert Wilson Lynd, 1924

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

—Maria Edgeworth, 1787

A friend who is very near and dear may in time become as useless as a relative.

—George Ade, 1902

The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships.

—H.G. Wells, 1905

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

—George Farquhar, 1702

Real friends offer both hard truths and soft landings.

—Anna Quindlen, 2012

In meeting again after a separation, acquaintances ask after our outward life, friends after our inner life.

—Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, 1880

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

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

—Christina Rossetti, 1881

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

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

—George Washington, 1783

I have often said that if I wish to name-drop, I have only to list my ex-friends.

—Norman Podhoretz, 1999

Friendship was given by nature to be an assistant to virtue, not a companion to vice.

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, c. 45 BC

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

One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.

—George Santayana, c. 1914

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.

—Honoré de Balzac, 1847

Friends are ourselves.

—John Donne, 1603

Friendship’s a noble name, ’tis love refined.

—Susanna Centlivre, 1703

Friendship is a plant that loves the sun—thrives ill under clouds.

—Bronson Alcott, 1872

As matron and mistress will differ in temper and tone, so will the friend be distinct from the faithless parasite.

—Horace, c. 20 BC

He who has nothing has no friends.

—Greek proverb

No real friendship without absolute liberty.

—George Sand, 1866

True friendship withstands time, distance, and silence.

—Isabel Allende, 2000

A broken friendship may be soldered but will never be sound.

—Thomas Fuller, 1732

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

—George Eliot, 1876