isblessedwith suchhappymanners asmay ensure his making
friendswhether he may be equally capable of
retaining them, is less certain. Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice, ch.18.
Unmarried men are best friends, best masters, best servants, but not
always best subjects, for they are light to run away, and
almost all fugitives are of that condition. Francis,Viscount St Albans Bacon Essays, no.8,'Of Marriage and the Single Life'.
Who can I tear to pieces, if not my friends? If
they were not my friends,
I could not do such violence to them. Francis Bacon Quoted in John
Russell Francis Bacon (1979).
Friends part foreverwild geese lost in cloud Matsuo Basho c.1689 On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho, no.219
(translated by Lucien Stryk).
It is impossible that a man who is false to his friends and neighbours should
be true to the public. George Berkeley Maxims Concerning Patriotism.
Just foraword'neutrality'aword which inwartimehas so often been
disregardedjust for a scrap of paper Great Britain
isgoing to make war on a kindred nation who desires nothing
better than to be friends with her. Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg On Britain's reaction to the German invasion of
neutral Belgium, 4 Aug. Quoted in British
Documents on the Origins of the War1898^1914
The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many
friends. Bible (Old Testament) Proverbs14:20.
man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend
that sticketh closer than a brother. Bible (Old Testament) Proverbs18:24.
And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of
unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you
into everlasting habitations. Bible (NewTestament) St Luke16:9.
This is my commandment,That ye love one another, as I have loved
you.Greater lovehathnomanthanthis, that a man lay down his
life for his friends. Bible (NewTestament) St John15:12^13.
Future, n.That periodoftimeinwhichouraffairsprosper, our friends are
true and our happiness is assured. Ambrose Gwinett Bierce The Cynic's Word Book. Retitled The Devil's
When you come to the end of a perfect day, And you sit alone
with your thought, While the chimes
ring out with a carol gay For the joy that
the day has brought, Do you think what
the end of a perfect day Can mean to a tired
heart, When the sun goes
down with a flaming ray, And the dear
friends have to part? CarrieJacobs Bond 'A Perfect Day'.
Weil ich ihm nicht traue, sind wir befreundet. Because I don't
trust him, we are friends. Bertolt Eugen Friedrich Brecht Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder ('Mother Courage and
her Children'), sc.3.
All the friends that I loved and wanted to reward are dead, and all the
enemies that I hated and I had marked out for punishment
are turned to my friends. James Buchanan Onfinally achieving his country's highest
politicaloffice at the age of 65.
I've inherited100 percent of his enemies and only50 per cent of his
friends. GeorgeW(alker) Bush Of the influence of his father, former President
George Bush, on his
campaign for governor. In the Washington Times, 12 Oct.
Where rose the mountains, there to him were friends; Where rolled the
ocean, thereon was his home; Where a blue sky,
and glowing clime, extends, He had the passion
and the power to roam. Rochdale ^18 Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, canto 3, stanza13.
How to Win Friends and Influence People. Dale originally Dale Carnagey Carnegie Title of book.
amyet what I am, none cares or knows; My friends forsake
me like a memory lost: I am the self-consumer
of my woes. John Clare 'I Am'.
Alas! they had been friends in youth; But whispering
tongues can poison truth; And constancy lives
in realms above; And life is thorny;
and youth is vain; And to be wroth
with one we love Doth work like
madness on the brain. 226 Samuel Taylor Coleridge 'Christabel', pt.2.
You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends. Sir William Neil pseudonym Cassandra Connor Lord Jim, ch.34.
As virtuous men pass mildly away, And whisper to
their souls, to go, Whilst some of
their sad friends do say, The breath goes
now, and some say, no: 280 So let us melt, and
make no noise, No tear-floods, nor
sigh-tempests move; 'Twere profanation
of our joys To tell the laity
of our love. John Donne c.1595^1605 'A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning', collected in
Songs and Sonnets
Many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely
opened a tavern for his friends. (George) Norman Douglas South Wind, ch.20.
Dear, why should you command me to my rest, When now the night
doth summon all to sleep? Methinks this time
becometh lovers best; Night was ordained
together friends to keep. Michael Drayton Ideas Mirrour, sonnet 37.
Sure there's contagion in the tears of friends. John Dryden All for Love, or The World Well Lost, act1.
Adieu, mes amis. Je vais a' la gloire! Farewell, my
friends. I am going to glory! Isadora originally Angela Duncan Duncan Last words, shortly before she broke her neck when
her long scarf caught
in the wheels of her open-topped Bugatti sportscar. Quoted in
Mary Desti Isadora Duncan's End (1929), ch.25.
There can be no law if we were to invoke one code of international
conduct for those who oppose us and another for our
friends. Dwight D(avid) Eisenhower Speech on the Suez crisis, 31 Oct.
To my friends pictured within. Sir Edward Elgar Dedication to the Enigma Variations.
When you've reached myage, and your friends are beginning to worry
about you, blind dates are a way of life. JuliusJ Epstein Pete'n Tillie.
And I'm afraid, reading this passage now, That everything I
knew has been destroyed By those whom I
admired but never knew; The laughing
soldiers fought to their defeat And I'm afraid most
of my friends are dead. James Fenton 'In a Notebook'.
An quicquam melius amicas divinitas mortalibus concesserit nescio.
I do not know if the
divinity has provided mortals with anything better than
friends. Gerbert later Pope Sylvester II Letter to Abbot Gerald of Aurillac.
Ach da ich irrte, hatt' ich viel Gespielen, Da ich dich kenne,
bin ich fast allein. Ah! while I erred I
had many friends. Now that I know
you, I am alone. JohannWolfgang von Goethe Gedichte, Zuneigung
love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books,
old wine. Oliver Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer, act1, sc.1.
are honored by your friendsdistinguished by your enemies. I have
been very distinguished. J(ohn) Edgar Hoover Address to the
House Sub-Committee on Appropriations. Quoted in Curt
Gentry J Edgar Hoover (1991).
With rue my heart is laden For golden friends I
had, For manya rose-lipt
maiden And many a
lightfoot lad. A(lfred) E(dward) Housman A Shropshire Lad, no.54.
Now hollow fires burn out to black And lamps are
guttering low. Square your
shoulders, lift your pack, And leave your
friends and go. Oh, never fear,
man, nought's to dread Look not left nor
right. In all the endless
road you tread, There's nothing but
the night. A(lfred) E(dward) Housman Quoted in Bernard
Levin Hannibal's Footsteps (1985).
For a politician rises on the backs of his friends (that's probably all
they're good for), but it's through his enemies he'll have
to govern afterwards. Richard Arthur Warren Hughes The Fox in the Attic, bk.2, ch.20.
Les livres sont des amis froids et s u" rs. Books are cold and
certain friends. Victor Marie Hugo Les Mise rables, vol.1, bk.5, ch.3.
Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking
young, he may be sure that they think he isgrowing old. Washington Irving Bracebridge Hall,'Bachelors'.
How few of his friends' houses would a man choose to
be at when he is
sick. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson
Friends love misery, in fact. Sometimes, especially if we aretooluckyor
toosuccessfulor toopretty, ourmisery is the only thing that
endears us to our friends. Erica ne e Mann Jong How To SaveYour Own Life.
friends should drink a dozen of Claret on myTomb. John Keats Letter to Benjamin Bailey,14 Aug.
Le mensonge et les vers de tout temps sont amis. Lies and literature
have always been friends. Jean de La Fontaine Fables, pt.2, no.1,'Contre ceux qui ont le
gou" t difficile'.
Dans l'adversite de nos meilleurs amis, nous trouvons toujours quelque
chose qui ne nous de pla|"t pas. In the misfortune
of our best friends, we always find something which is
not displeasing to us. Fran c° ois, 6th Duc de La Rochefoucauld Re flexions, ou sentences et maximes morales, no.99.
man should have dinner with his friends, and the commanding general
has no friends. Curtis Emerson LeMay On declining to
dine with a group of colonels. Recalled on his death,1 Oct1990.
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends, Mm, I get high with
a little help from my friends. Paul 'With a Little Help From My Friends'.
'But do care a bit for flattery, my lady,'said De Craye.''Tis the finest of the
Arts; we might call it moral sculpture. Adepts in it can
cut their friends to any shape they like.' George Meredith De Craye to Lady Busshe. The Egoist, ch.36.
Nay, good sir, be not so violent; with speed I cannot render
satisfaction Unto the dear
companion of my soul, Virginity, whom I
thus long have lived with, And part with it so
rude and suddenly. Can such friends
divide, never to meet again, Without a solemn
farewell? Thomas Middleton The Changeling (with William Rowley), act1, sc.1.
My candle burns at both ends; It will not last
the night; But ah, my foes,
and oh, my friends It gives a lovely light.
Edna St Vincent Millay A Few Figs From Thistles,'First Fig'.
Money couldn't buy friends but you got a better class of enemy. Spike Milligan Puckoon, ch.6.
All other parts remaining as they were, And they, so perfect
in their misery, Not once perceive
their foul disfigurement, But boast
themselves more comely than before And all their
friends, and native home forget To roll with
pleasure in a sensual sty. John Milton Of Odysseus's men changed to beasts by Circe.
Comus, A Mask, l.72^7.
Truth indeed came once into the world with her divine Master, and was a
perfect shape most glorious to look on: buta wicked
race of deceiverstook the virgin Truth, hewed her
lovely formintoathousand pieces, and scattered them to
the four winds. From that time ever since, the sad
friends of Truth, such as durst appear, imitating the
careful search that Isis made for the mangled bodyof
Osiris, went up and down gathering up limb by limb, still
as they could find them.We have not yet found them
allnor ever shall do, till her Master's second coming; he
shall bring together every joint and member, and shall
mould them into an immortal feature of loveliness and
perfection. John Milton Areopagitica: a speech for the liberty of
In politics, madame, you need two things: friends, but above all an enemy. (Martin) Brian Mulroney Remark made to a journalist following the
by-election victory of Liberal
leader Jean Chre tien,10 Dec, quoted two days later by Graham
Fraser in The Globe and Mail.
Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its
grandfathers. Lewis Mumford The Brown Decades, p.3.
The friends of totalitarianism in this country tend to argue that since
absolute truth is not attainable, a big lie is no worse than a
little lie. George pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair Orwell 'The Prevention of Literature', in Polemic, Jan.
Donec eris felix, multos numerabis amicos Tempora si fuerint
nubila, solus eris. So long as you are
fortunate, you will count many Ovid full name Publius OvidiusNaso 4317
You can always tell that the crash is coming when I start getting tender
about Our Dumb Friends.Three highballs and I think I'm St
Francis of Assisi. Dorothy ne e Rothschild Parker Here Lies,'Just a Little One'.
Deeper and deeper, one's love of old friends; Fewer and fewer,
one's dealings with young men. Po Chu« -I Old Age.
make a pact with you,Walt Whitman I have detested you
long enough. I come to you as a
grown child Who has had a
pig-headed father I am old enough not
to make friends. Ezra Loomis Pound Lustra,'A Pact'.
Friends To borrow my books
and set wet glasses on them. Edwin Arlington Robinson Captain Craig,'Captain Craig', pt.2.
Below him, in the town among the trees, Where friends of
other days had honored him, A phantom
salutation of the dead Rang thinly till
old Eben's eyes were dim. Edwin Arlington Robinson Avon's Harvest,'Mr Flood's Party'.
Por las verdades se pierden los amigos, e per las non dezir
se fazen desamigos. Telling the truth
loses you friends; not telling it
gains you enemies. Juan Ruiz c.1330 Libro de Buen Amor, stanza165.
You have no part with lads who fought And laughed and suffered
at my side. Your fugues and
symphonies have brought No memory of my
friends who died. Siegfried Louvain Sassoon 'Dead Musicians'.
They have spoken lightly of my deathless friends, (Lamps for my
gloom, handsguiding where I stumble,) Quoting, for
shallow conversational ends, What Shelley shrilled, what Blake once
wildly muttered How can they use
such names and be not humble? Siegfried Louvain Sassoon The Heart'sJourney, pt.15,'Grandeur of Ghosts'.
He that is without name, without friends, without
coin, without country, is
still at least a man; and he that has all these is no more. Sir Walter Scott Rob Roy to Francis Osbaldistone. Rob Roy, ch.21.
Have you not heard When a man marries,
dies, or turns Hindoo, His best friends
hear no more of him? Percy Bysshe Shelley 'Letter to Maria Gisborne' l.235^7.
We know that you, the organized workers of the country, are our
friends As for the rest, they do not matter a tinker's
curse. Emanuel Shinwell, Baron Shinwell Trade union conference,7 May.
Exercise? I get it on the golf course.When I see my friends collapse, I
run for the paramedics. Red (Richard) Skelton Attributed.
cannot remember things I once read A few friends, but
theyare in cities. Drinking cold
snow-water from a tin cup Looking down for
miles Through high still
air. Gary Sherman Snyder Riprap,'Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout'.
They lounge at corners of the street And greet friends
with a shrug of shoulder And turn their
pockets out, The cynical
gestures of the poor. Sir Stephen Harold Spender 'MovingThrough the Silent Crowd'.
Child will make two Dishes at an Entertainment for Friends; and when
the Family dines alone, the fore or hind Quarter will
makea reasonable Dish; and seasoned with a little
Pepper or Salt, will be very good Boiled on the fourth Day,
especially in Winter. Jonathan Swift A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of
Ireland from being a Burden
to their Parents or Country.
There was a poor poet named Clough, Whom his friends
all united to puff, But the public,
though dull, Had not such a skull
As belonged to
believers in Clough. Algernon Charles Swinburne Essays and Studies,'MatthewArnold'.
The Americans are our best friends, whether we like it or not. Robert Thompson Oft-quotedremark
recalledby Peter C Newman in HomeCountry (1973).
Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his friends for his
life. (John) Jeremy Thorpe On Harold Macmillan's sacking of several Cabinet members, House of
Oh,iftheQueenwereaman,shewouldliketogoandgive those Russians,
whose word one cannot believe, such a beating! We shall
never be friends again till we have it out. Victoria in full Alexandrina Victoria Letter to Lord Beaconsfield,10 Jan.
Some people swim lakes, others climb flagpoles, some join
monasteries, but we, my friends, who have considered
suicide take our daily walk with death and are
not lonely. In the end it
brings more honesty and care than all the
democratic parliaments of tricks. Phyllis Webb EvenYour Right Eye,'To FriendsWho HaveAlso
Find me but guilty, sever head from body, We'll part good
friends. John Webster TheWhite Devil, act 3, sc.2.
Mr Bernard Shaw has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by all his
friends. Oscar Fingal O'FlahertieWills Wilde Quoted inW B Yeats
Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by
heart; and his friends could only read the title. (Adeline) Virginia ne e Stephen Woolf Jacob's Room, ch.5.
Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have
lost friends, some by death Percivalothers
through sheer inability to cross the street. (Adeline) Virginia ne e Stephen Woolf TheWaves.
Thy friends are exultations, agonies, And love, and man's
unconquerable mind. William Wordsworth 'ToToussaint L'Ouverture', l.13^14 (published in
the Morning Post 2