A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.The Bible, Proverbs 17:17 (NRSV).
If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend.Stone Temple Pilots in "Still Remains" on Purple (1994).
For whoever knows how to return a kindness he has received must be a friend above all price.Sophocles, Philoctetes. Oxford translation. Revised by Buckley
Let us burn one from end to end, and pass it over to me my friend. Burn it long, we'll burn it slow, to light me up before I go.Ben Harper, "Burn One Down" from Fight for your Mind (1995).
Gentlemen of the Jury: The one, absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.Senator George Graham Vest, Eulogy on the Dog. Found in Elbert Hubbard's Pig-Pen Pete, p. 178.
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.1962 Selected Poems,'Thoughts About the Person from Porlock' (a reference to the'person from Porlock'mentioned in Coleridge's preliminary note to'Kubla Khan').
Each one gave the other the only assistance one man can expect from another: that his friend support him and ask only that he remain himself. It is no great accomplishment to take people as they are, and we must always do so eventually, but to wish them to be as they are, that is a genuine love.Émile chartier
Let me assure the Sultan and the three hundred million moslems... That the German Emperor will ever be their friend.On the Sultan of Turkey, while on the railway to Baghdad