A friendship that can be ended didn't ever start.
Always,Sir, set a highvalue onspontaneouskindness.He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your Friendship of his own accord, will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attract to you.1781 Remark, May. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.4.
A certain sort of Friendship soon arose between the Fans and me.We each recognized that we belonged to that same section of thehumanrace with whom it isbetter to drink than to fight.We knew we would each have killed the other, if sufficient inducement were offered, and so we took a certain amount of care that the inducement should not arise.Mary Henrietta Kingsley
He sees himself in his lover as if in a mirror, not knowing whom he sees, And when they are together, he too is released from pain, and when apart, he longs as he himself is longed for; for reflected in his heart is love's image, which is love's answer. But he calls it, and believes it, not love but Friendship…mary renault
The absolute scholar is in fact a rather uncanny being. He is instinct with Nietzsche's finding that to be interested in something, to be totally interested in it, is a libidinal thrust more powerful than love or hatred, more tenacious than faith or Friendship — not infrequently, indeed, more compelling than personal life itself. Archimedes does not flee from his killers, he does not even turn his head to acknowledge their rush into his garden when he is immersed in the algebra of conic sections.George Steiner
To try to regulate the internal affairs of a family, the relations of love or Friendship, or many other things of the same sort, by law or by the coercion of public opinion, is like trying to pull an eyelash out of a man’s eye with a pair of tongs. They may put out the eye, but they will never get hold of the eyelashjames fitzjames stephen
A Friendship founded on business, which Mr. Flagler used to say was a good deal better than a business founded on Friendship.John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (2012) Random Reminiscences of Men and Events.
Here, Seneca uses the same observation that Sallust made regarding Friendship (in his historical account of the Catilinarian conspiracy, Bellum Catilinae [XX.4]) to define wisdom.Letter XXII: On the futility of half-way measures, line 17.
Power gradually extirpates from the mind every humane and gentle virtue. Pity, benevolence, Friendship, are things almost unknown in high stations.Edmund Burke, in A Vindication of Natural Society: or, a View of the Miseries and Evils arising to Mankind from every Species of Artifical Society (1756)