No friend to love like a long voyage at sea.Aphra Behn, The Rover, Part I, Act I, sc. ii (1677).
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
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.
Everybody loves you when you're dead. Everyone is suddenly your dearest friend. Nobody talks no dirt about you. But life, it just goes on above your head, when you're dead.tod a
Chaos is a friend of mine.bob dylan
The cruelest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his teeth, and yet come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator. And how many loves have perished because, from pride, or spite, or diffidence, or that unmanly shame which withholds a man from daring to betray emotion, a lover, at the critical point of the relation, has but hung his head and held his tongue?Robert Louis Stevenson
A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.The Bible, Proverbs 17:17 (NRSV).
" Tis plain to meAs A B C,My dear friend, Mr. Neff!""Oh, yes! but then,"Says Mr. N ,"You know I'm D E F!"charles follen adams
Little Friend of all the World.(Joseph) Rudyard Kipling
We were at the age when a friend 's conversation seems like oneself talking, when one shares a life in common the way I still think, bachelor though I am, some married couples are able to live.cesare pavese
Did you have one of those days today, like a nail in the foot? Did the pterodactyl corpse dropped by the ghost of your mother from the spectral Hindenburg forever circling the Earth come smashing through the lid of your glass coffin? Did the New York strip steak you attacked at dinner suddenly show a mouth filled with needle-sharp teeth, and did it snap off the end of your fork, the last solid-gold fork from the set Anastasia pressed into your hands as they took her away to be shot? Is the slab under your apartment building moaning that it cannot stand the weight on its back a moment longer, and is the building stretching and creaking? Did a good friend betray you today, or did that good friend merely keep silent and fail to come to your aid? Are you holding the razor at your throat this very instant? Take heart, comfort is at hand. This is the hour that stretches. Djam karet. We are the cavalry. We're here. Put away the pills. We'll get you through this bloody night. Next time, it'll be your turn to help us.harlan ellison
I 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
His father was no man's friend but his owne, and he (saith the prouerbe) is no man's foe else.Thomas Adams, Diseases of the Soul (1616), p. 53
I am not of that feather to shake off my friend when he must need me.William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens (date uncertain, published 1623), Act I, scene 1, line 100.
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.gore vidal
Emptiness the starting point. In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.bruce lee
Once, I made a kind of sculpture of a flag in bronze: it was an edition of three, I think. One of them was given on some occasion to President Kennedy. I became very upset that this was happening. It was given on Flag Day! (he laughs). It seemed to me to be such a terrible thing to happen. I complained bitterly to my very good friend John Cage (the composer, fh). He said: “Don’t let it worry you. Just consider it as a pun on your work” (he laughs).jasper johns
She wish'd she had not heard it, yet she wish'd That heaven had made her such a man: she thank'd me, And bade me, if I had a friend that lov'd her, I should but teach him how to tell my story And that would woo her.William Shakespeare, Othello (c. 1603), Act I, scene 3, line 162.
Be sure that Christ is not behind you, but before, calling and drawing you on. This is the liberty, the beautiful liberty of Christ. Claim your glorious privilege in the name of a disciple; be no more a servant, when Christ will own you as a friend.horace bushnell
Thy wisdom speaks in me, and bids me dare Beacon the rocks on which high hearts are wreckt. 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, though it is in the code Of modern morals, and 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
Heav'n forming each on other to depend, A master, or a servant, or a friend, Bids each on other for assistance call, Till one man's weakness grows the strength of all.Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle II, line 249
There is no god but God. He is One. Praise be to God, Who hath not taken unto Himself a son, and Who hath no partner in the Sovereignty, nor hath He any protecting friend through dependence.Islamic inscription in the west-northwest inner octagonal arcade of the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem (692 CE), [link to full text and translation]
The enemy of my enemy is my friend, so that makes Google my best friend.Google and Salesforce Join to Fight Microsoft, New York Times, April 14, 2008
Steam is the friend of man. Steam engines are very human. Their very weaknesses are understandable. Steam engines do not flash back and blow your face in. They do not short-circuit and rive your heart with imponderable electric force. They have arms and legs and warm hearts and veins full of warm vapour. Give us steam every time. You know where you are with steam.william mcfee
It is stupid to grieve for the loss of a girl friend: you might never have met her, so you can do without her.Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living, 1938-10-13
My friend Bonner has just set off to Charlotte Street to pack your picture (an old painting) and forward it; it is a beautiful representation of a summer’s evening; calm, warm and delicious; the colour on the man’s face is perfect sunshine. The liquid pencil of this school is replete with a beauty peculiar to itself. Nevertheless, I don’t believe they had any 'nostrums,' but plain linseed oil; 'honest linseed' as old Wilson called it. But it is always right to remember that the ordinary painters of that day used, as now, the same vehicle as their betters, and also that their works have all received the hardening and enamelling effects of time, so that we must not judge of originality by these signs always.john constable
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
" I am carrying so much cotton that I can't sleep thinking about it. It is wearing me out. What can I do?" " Sell down to the sleeping point," answered the friend.Chapter X, p. 112 (Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (1923))
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The colour I think of little moment; and am of opinion with our friend Foote, respecting his negro friend, that a good dog, like a good candidate, cannot be of a bad colour.Thoughts upon Hare and Fox Hunting (1781), Letter 3