The world's best moment is a calm hour passed In listening to a
friend who can talk well. Abu'l-'Ala Al-Ma'arri c.1000 Luzu' miyya' t, stanza 32 (translated by R A
Nicholson in Studies in Islamic
friend in power is a friend lost. Henry Brooks Adams The Education of Henry Adams, ch.7.
One friend in a lifetime ismuch; two are many; three are hardly possible.Friendship
needs a certainparallelism of life, a community
of thought, a rivalry of aim. Henry Brooks Adams The Education of Henry Adams, ch.20.
If all be true that I do think, There are five
reasons why men drink, Good wine, a
friend, or being dry, Or lest we should
be by-and-by, Or any other reason
why. Henry Aldrich 'Five Reasons for Drinking'.
La mort ne fait jamais mal. La mort est douce Ce qui fait souffrir avec
certains poisons, certaines blessures maladroites, c'est
la vie. C'est le reste de vie. Il faut se confier franchement
a' la mort comme une amie. Death never hurts.
Death is sweet Life is what makes us suffer with its
poisons and awkward injuries. That's what remains of
life.We must confide freely in death as we would in a
friend. Jean Anouilh Eurydice, act1.
Do n de esta la patria, amigo? Ni en el corazo n ni en la saliva. Whereisthe country,
my friend? It isnot intheheart or in the saliva. Jose Mar| a Arguedas El zorro de arriba y el zorro de abajo ('The Upper
and the Lower Fox'), ch.3.
L'e" tre le plus prostitue , c'est l'e" tre par excellence,
c'est Dieu, puisqu'il est
me pour chaque individu, puisqu'il est le re servoir
commun, ine puisable de
l'amour. The most
prostituted being, the Being par excellence, is God, since he is supreme friend to
every individual, since he is the common,
inexhaustible reservoir of love. Charles Baudelaire Mon coeur mis a' nu, pt.46.
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my
bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Bible (Old Testament) Psalms 41:9.
friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Bible (Old Testament) Proverbs17:17.
man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend
that sticketh closer than a brother. Bible (Old Testament) Proverbs18:24.
Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
but the kisses of an enemyare deceitful. Bible (Old Testament) Proverbs 27:5^6.
faithful friend is the medicine of life; and they that fear the Lord shall find
him. Bible (Apocrypha) Ecclesiasticus 6:16.
Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend
is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with
pleasure. Bible (Apocrypha) Ecclesiasticus
was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my
wrath did end. I was angry with my
foe: I told it not, my
wrath did grow. William Blake Songs of Experience,'A Poison Tree'.
Here we have a saying: a good friend is someone who visits you when you
are in prison.But a really good friend is someone who
comes to hear your lectures. Malcolm Stanley Bradbury Rates of Exchange, pt.4, ch.3.
Naught broken save this body, lost but breath; Nothing to shake
the laughing heart's long peace there But onlyagony, and
that has ending; And the worst
friend and enemy is but Death. Rupert Chawner Brooke 'Peace'.
Who's your fat friend? George Bryan called Beau Brummell Brummel c.1813 Of the Prince Regent. Remark addressed to his companion, whom the
Prince had acknowledged while studiously ignoring
Brummell. Quoted in Jesse Life of George Brummell (1844),
'Tis sweet to win, no matter how, one's laurels By blood or ink;
'tis sweet to put an end To strife; 'tis
sometimes sweet to have our quarrels, Particularly with a
tiresome friend; Sweet is old wine
in bottles, ale in barrels; Dear is the
helpless creature we defend Against the world;
and dear the schoolboy spot We ne'er forget,
though there we are forgot. Rochdale ^24 Don Juan, canto1, stanza126.
Give me the avowed, erect and manly foe; Firm I can meet,
perhaps return the blow; But of all plagues,
good Heaven, thy wrath can send, Save me, oh, save
me, from the candid friend. George Canning 'New Morality', l.207^8.
always envious, mean-minded, filled with rage and envyat
other's good fortune. There is nothing like the failure of
a close friend to cheer us up. Peter Carey In the Observer,18 Aug.
woman can become a man's friend only in the following
stagesfirst an acquaintance, next a mistress, and only then a
friend. Anton Chekhov Uncle Vanya, act 2.
thou, the friend of man assigned, With balmy hands
his wounds to bind, And charm his
frantic woe: When first Distress
with dagger keen Broke forth to
waste his destined scene, His wild unsated
foe! William Collins Odes on Several Descriptive and Allegoric
Subjects,'Ode to Pity', no.1.
Now we know nothing, nothing is richer now Because of all he
was.O friend we have loved Must it be thus with
you?and if it must be How can men bear
laboriously to live? Frances ne e Darwin Cornford 'Rupert Brooke'.
The man that hails youTom or Jack, And proves by
thumps upon your back How he esteems your
merit, Is such a friend,
that one had need Be very much his
friend indeed To pardon or to
bear it. William Cowper Poems,'Friendship', l.169^74.
'Eternity' is there, We say, as of a
station. Meanwhile, he is so
near, He joins me in my
Ramble Divides abode with
me No Friend have I
that so persists As this Eternity. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson Complete Poems,
no.1684 (first published1914).
Choose an author as you choose a friend. Wentworth Dillon Essay on Translated Verse, l.96.
To find a friend one must close one eye. To keep himtwo. (George) Norman Douglas Almanac.
Fallen from his high estate, And welt'ring in
his blood: Deserted at his
utmost need By those his former
bounty fed; On the bare earth
expos'd he lies, With not a friend
to close his eyes. John Dryden Alexander's Feast, l.78^83.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. RalphWaldo Emerson Essays: First Series,'Friendship'.
The only reward of virtueisvirtue; theonly way
tohavea friend is to be
one. RalphWaldo Emerson Essays: First Series,'Friendship'.
friend unseen, unborn, unknown, Student of our
sweet English tongue, Read out my words
at night, alone: I was a poet, I was
young. James Elroy Flecker 'To a Poet a ThousandYears Hence'.
hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my
countryand betraying my friend, I hope I should have the
guts to betray my country. E(dward) M(organ) Forster Two Cheers for Democracy,'What I Believe'.
Asthe friend of the negro assumes that one man cannot, by right, hold
another in bondage, should the friend of woman assume that
man cannot, by right, lay even well- meant restrictions
on woman. (Sarah) Margaret, Marchioness Ossoli Fuller 'The Great Lawsuit', in Dial, vol.4, Jul.
England is a
great and powerful nation, foremost in human progress,
enemy to despotism, the only safe refuge for the
exile, friend of the oppressed. If ever England should be so circumstanced as to require the help of anyally,
cursed be the Italian who would not step forward with me in
her defence. Giuseppe Garibaldi Letter,12 Apr.
Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and
the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called
Piggy. Sir William (Gerald) Golding Lord of the Flies, ch.12.
have the most reliable friend that you can have in American
politicsready money. Phil (William Philip) Gramm On seeking presidential nomination. In the NewYork Times, 23 Apr.
A favourite has no friend! Thomas Gray Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a
Tub of Gold Fishes, l.36.
Sois donc ami since' re ou since' re ennemi, Et ne reste pas
tra|"tre et fide' le a' demi. Be either a sincere
friend or a sincere enemy, And never be
half-traitor and half-faithful. Victor Marie Hugo Cromwell, act1, sc.1.
Greater lovethanthis,hesaid, nomanhaththat a manlay down his wife for
his friend.Go thou and do likewise. Thus, or words to
that effect, saith Zarathustra, sometime regius
professor of French letters to the university of
Oxtail. James Augustine Aloysius Joyce Ulysses.
The monster was indeed the best friend I could ever have. Boris originally William Henry Pratt Karloff On his success as
Frankenstein's monster. Quoted in Connoisseur,
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that
the torch has been passed to a new generation of
Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined
bya hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient
heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of
those human rights to which this nation has always
been committed, and to which we are committed today at
home and around the world. Let every nation know,
whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall payany
price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support
any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and
success of liberty. John F(itzgerald) Kennedy Inaugural address, Washington, 20 Jan.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. Martin LutherJr King Attributed,
collected in The Words of Martin Luther King.
Little Friend of all the World. (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling Kim's nickname. Kim, ch.1.
I'll trust myself, myself shall be my friend. Thomas Kyd c.1589 The Spanish Tragedy, act 3, sc.2.
Chacun se dit ami; mais fol qui s'y repose: Rien n'est plus
commun que ce nom, Rien n'est plus
rare que la chose. Everyone calls
himself a friend; foolish is he who believes it: Nothing is more
common than the name friend, And nothing is more rare than the real
thing. Jean de La Fontaine Fables, pt.4, no.17,'Parole de Socrate'.
If the husband be a man with whom you have lived on a friendly footing
before marriage,if you did not come inonthewife'sside,if
youdid not sneak intothehouse in her train, but
were an old friend in first habits of intimacy before
their courtship was so much as thought on,look about you
Every long friendship, every old authentic intimacy,
must be brought into their office to be new stamped with
their currency, as a sovereign Prince calls in the
good old money that was coined in some reign before
he was born or thought of, to be new marked and minted
with the stamp of his authority, before he will let
it pass current in the world. Charles Lamb Essays of Elia,'A Bachelor's Complaint of the
Behaviour of Married People'.
remember summing up what I took to be ourdestiny, in conversation with
my best friend at Chartres, by the formula,'Term,
holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then
work, work, work till we die.' C(live) S(taples) Lewis Surprised by Joy, ch.4.
Dark as the Grave Wherein my Friend is Laid. William Lowndes Title of novel,
published posthumously (1968).
'My father is deceased.Come,Gaveston, And share the
kingdom with thy dearest friend.' Ah, words that make
me surfeit with delight! What greater bliss
can hap to Gaveston Than live and be
the favourite of a king? Sweet prince, I
come; these, these thyamorous lines Might have enforced
me to have swum from France, And, like Leander,
gasped upon the sand, So thou would'st
smile, and take me in thy arms. Christopher Marlowe c.1591 Gaveston is reading a letter from King Edward.
Edward II (published1594),
see you belong to the category, old friend, which will havethingsintheround,
whichdoesloveanend, causes, the balance sheet
drawn and equalled.But, mydear Gid, the world is not
like thatit is untidy, there are no reasons, the final
sum never balances. Timothy Mo An Insular Possession, ch.44.
L'ami du genre humain n'est point du tout mon fait. I have no use at
all for the friend of mankind. Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molie' re Le misanthrope, act1, sc.1.
My best friend is myself It's a lifelong relationship and divorce will never
come into it. Morrissey full name Steven Patrick Morrissey In the Observer,15 Sep. US inventor and painter, who
demonstrated (1844) the practicability of an electrical telegraph
device to Congress. He had earlier trained as an artist.
Nobody sees a flowerreallyit is so smallwe haven't timeand to
see takes time like to have a friend takes time So I
said to myself I'll paint what I seewhat the flower
is to me, but I'll paint it big and they will be
surprised into taking timeto look at itIwill make even busy New
Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers. Georgia O'Keeffe Quoted in Goodrich
and Bry Georgia O'Keeffe (1970).
'Strange friend,' I said,'here is no cause to mourn.' 'None,'said the
other,'save the undone years, The
hopelessness.Whatever hope is yours Was my life also; I
went hunting wild After the wildest
beauty in the world.' Wilfred Owen 'Strange Meeting', collected in Poems
am the enemy you killed, my friend. Wilfred Owen 'Strange Meeting', collected in Poems
Thus our twin souls in one shall grow, And teach the world
new love, Redeem the age and
sex, and show A flame fate dares
not move: And courting death
to be our friend, Our lives, together
too, shall end. Katherine ne e Fowler Philips 'To Mrs. M. A. at Parting'.
How often are we to die before we go quite off this stage? Inevery
friend we losea part ofourselves, and the best part. Alexander Pope Letter to Swift, 5 Dec.
You ain't nothin' but a hound dog cryin'all the time.
You ain't nothin'
but a hound dog cryin'all the time.
Well, you ain't
never caught a rabbit and you ain't no
friend of mine. Elvis Aaron Presley 'Hound Dog' (written byJerry Leiber and Mike
Take courage, my friend, the devil is dead! Charles Reade The Cloister and the Hearth.
Farewell Woman, I intend, Henceforth, every
night to sit, With my lewd well
natured friend, Drinking, to
engender wit. JohnWilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester 'Love aWoman!',
For there is no friend like a sister In calm or stormy
weather; To cheer one on the
tedious way, To fetch one if one
goes astray, To lift one if one
totters down, To strengthen whilst
one stands. Christina Georgina Rossetti Goblin Market and Other Poems,'Goblin Market'.
Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes, to the very
end. Will the day's
journey take the whole long day? From morn to night,
my friend. Christina Georgina Rossetti Goblin Market and Other Poems,'Up-Hill'.
What really knocksme out isa book that, whenyou'reall done reading it, you wish the author that
wrote it was a terrific friend of
yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you
felt like it. J(erome) D(avid) Salinger The Catcher in the Rye, ch.3.
Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend. John Singer Sargent Attributed.
It's weel wi' you gentles, that can sit in the house wi' handkerchers at
your een when ye lose a friend; but the like o'us maun to
our wark again, if our hearts were beating as hard as
my hammer. 724 Sir Walter Scott Saunders Mucklebackit to Oldbuck.TheAntiquary,
Your friend the British soldier can stand up to anything except the British
War Office. George Bernard Shaw Gen Burgoyne to Major Swindon.The Devil's Disciple,
I never was attached to that great sect, Whose doctrine is
that each one should select Out of the crowd a
mistress or a friend, And all the rest,
though fair and wise, commend To cold oblivion. Percy Bysshe Shelley 'Epipsychidion', l.149^53.
The beaten road Which those poor
slaves with weary footsteps tread, Who travel to their
home among the dead By the broad
highway of the world, and so With one chained
friend, perhaps a jealous foe, The dreariest and
the longest journey go. Percy Bysshe Shelley 'Epipsychidion', l.154^9.
If there is anything to one's praise, it is a foolish vanity to be gratified at it;
and, if it is abusewhy one is always sure to hear of it
from one damned good-natured friend or other! Richard Brinsley Sheridan Sir Fretful Plagiary, of newspaper criticism.The
Critic, act1, sc.1.
friend who loved perfection would be the perfect friend, did not
that love shut his door on me. Logan Pearsall Smith Afterthoughts,'Other People'.
I long for the Person from Porlock To bring my
thoughts to an end. I am growing impatient
to see him I think of him as a
friend. Stevie (Florence Margaret) Smith Selected Poems,'Thoughts About the Person from
Porlock' (a reference to
the'person from Porlock'mentioned in Coleridge's
preliminary note to'Kubla Khan').
Thou has been called,O Sleep! the friend of Woe, But 'tis the happy
who have called thee so. Robert Southey The Curse of Kehama, canto15, stanza12.
The death of Nelson was felt in England as something more than a public
calamity; men started at the intelligence, and
turned pale, as if they had heard of the loss of a dear
friend. Robert Southey The Life of Nelson, ch.9.
My name is Death: the last best friend am I. Robert Southey 'The Lay of the Laureate', stanza 87.
Wealth I ask not, hope nor love, Nor a friend to
know me. All I ask, the
heaven above, And the road below
me. Robert Louis Stevenson Songs ofTravel (published1896), no.1,'TheVagabond',
do wish we could chat longer but I'm having an old friend for dinner. Ted Tally Anthony Hopkins as Dr Hannibal Lecter ('Hannibal the Cannibal') in The
Silence of the Lambs.
Ask me no more: what answer should I give? I love not hollow
cheek or faded eye: Yet,O my friend, I
will not have thee die! Ask me no more,
lest I should bid thee live. Tennyson The Princess, pt.7, added song, stanza 2.
Never yet Was noble man but
made ignoble talk. He makes no friend
who never made a foe. Tennyson Idylls of the King,'Lancelot and Elaine', l.1081^2.
If thou shouldst never see my face again, Pray for my soul.
More things are wrought by prayer Than this world
dreams of.Wherefore, let thy voice Rise like a
fountain for me night and day. For what are men
better than sheep or goats That nourish a
blind life within the brain, If, knowing God, they
lift not hands of prayer Both for themselves
and those who call them friend? For so the whole
round earth is every way Bound by gold
chains about the feet of God. Tennyson Idylls of the King,'The Passing of Arthur',
We need to
find God, and he cannot be found in noise and
restlessness.God is the friend of silence. See how naturetrees,
flowers, grassgrows in silence; see the stars, themoon and
thesun, how they move insilence We need silence to
be able to touch souls. Bojaxhiu A Gift for God,'Willing Slaves to theWill of God'.
It takes yourenemyand your friend, working together, to hurt you to the
heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the
news to you. Mark pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens Twain Following the Equator, ch.45.
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies. Gore originally Eugene Luther Vidal,Jr Vidal In the SundayTimes Magazine,16 Sep.
It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good
writer.Charlotte was both. E(lwyn) B(rooks) White Charlotte'sWeb, ch.22.
Even so for me a vision sanctified The sway of death;
long ere my eyes had seen Thy countenancethe
still rapture of thy mien When thou, dear
Sister! wert become death's bride: No trace of pain or
languor could abide That changeage on
thy brow was smoothedthy cold Wan cheek at once
was privileged to unfold A loveliness to
living youth denied. Oh! if within me
hope should e'er decline, The lamp of faith,
lost Friend! too faintly burn; The may that
heaven-revealing smile of thine, The bright
assurance, visibly return: And let my spirit
in that power divine Rejoice, as,
through that power, it ceased to mourn. William Wordsworth 'November1836', complete poem (published1837).
'Tis ashard tobe a good fellow, a good friend, and a lover of women, as
'tistobe agood fellow, agood friend, and a lover of money. William Wycherley The CountryWife, act1, sc.1.