Friendship is a cadence of divine melody melting through the heart.Charles Mildway, p. 255. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
A friendship that can be ended didn't ever start.Mellin de Saint-Gelais, Oeuvres poétiques.
If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson
L'amour et l'amitie s'excluent l'un l'autre. Love and friendship exclude one another.Jean de La Bruye' re
There is no such thing as eternal friendship or eternal hostility–-only eternal interests.abd al-hamid al-ansari
"Instead of combating my slight prejudice against you as uncharitable, I mean to cherish it, until I am convinced that I have no reason to distrust this kind, insinuating friendship you are so anxious to push upon me."anne brontë
His Holiness Pope John Paul II was a man I held in high regard. His experience in Poland and my own difficulties with communists gave us an immediate ground.The Pope was very sympathetic to the Tibetan problem. Of course, as the head of an institution trying to establish good relations with China and seriously concerned about the status of millions of Christians in china he could not express this publicly or officially. But right from the start of our friendship he revealed to me privately that he had a clear understanding of the Tibetan problem because of his own experience of communism in Poland. This gave me great personal encouragement.tenzin gyatso
And what is friendship but a name,A charm that lulls to sleep,A shade that follows wealth or fame,And leaves the wretch to weep?Oliver Goldsmith
[Christ of Revelation] comes forth as one who no longer seeks either friendship or love … His garments are dipped in blood, the blood of others. He descends that he may shed the blood of men.Isaac Haldemann, quoted by Karen Armstrong (2007) in The Bible: A Biography, p. 209.
Never indulge in people who follow a negative path because they will take you with them on the road of ruin. Show them the way to positivism even if there's a risk of losing their friendship.siddharth katragadda
Levin wanted friendship and got friendliness; he wanted steak and they offered spam.Bernard Malamud
Power corrupts...but you, you are different. Never lose that kindness...the compassion you so readily show to others... Now, go to Phaeroh...if you would learn of your destiny... Natz, there is much I owe you. Do not harbour a grudge towards these people. Who: Belius Note: Character, an Entelexeia, is dying of injuries inflicted by the main characters. She says these words to Estelle, to never give up her friendship and kindness she shows to others. The last two sentences are to her subordinate, Natz, as to not carry a grudge towards the party. She then turns into an apatheia, and is later revived as Undine.Who: Don Whitehorse
There are three classes of friendship and enmity, since men are so disposed to one another either by preference or by need or through pleasure and pain.ptolemy
The sacrifices of friendship were beautiful in her eyes as long as she was not asked to make them.saki
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
So far as it depends on the course of this government, our relations of good will and friendship will be sedulously cultivated with all nations.john tyler
All love that has not friendship for its base,Is like a mansion built upon the sand.ella wheeler wilcox
Distance sometimes endears friendship, and absence sweeteneth it.James Howell, Familiar Letters, book i, section i, No. 6.
The philosophers who wished us to have the gods for our friends rank the friendship of the holy angels in the fourth circle of society, advancing now from the three circles of society on earth to the universe, and embracing heaven itself. And in this friendship we have indeed no fear that the angels will grieve us by their death or deterioration. But as we cannot mingle with them as familiarly as with men (which itself is one of the grievances of this life), and as Satan, as we read, sometimes transforms himself into an angel of light, to tempt those whom it is necessary to discipline, or just to deceive, there is great need of God’s mercy to preserve us from making friends of demons in disguise, while we fancy we have good angels for our friends; for the astuteness and deceitfulness of these wicked spirits is equalled by their hurtfulness.XIX, 9 (The City of God (early 400s))
On that arid square, that fragment nipped off from hot Africa, soldered so crudely to inventive Europe; On that tableland scored by rivers, Our thoughts have bodies; the menacing shapes of our fever Are precise and alive. For the fears which made us respond To the medicine ad and the brochure of winter cruises Have become invading battalions; And our faces, the institute-face, the chain-store, the ruin Are projecting their greed as the firing squad and the bomb. Madrid is the heart. Our moments of tenderness blossom As the ambulance and the sandbag; Our hours of friendship into a people's army.wystan hugh auden
He had no principles of religion, virtue, or friendship. Pleasure, frolic, or extravagant diversion, was all that he laid to heart. He was true to nothing, for he was not true to himself.villiers, george, 2nd duke of buckingham
Marriage is a framework to preserve friendship. It is valuable because it gives much more room to develop than just living together. It provides a base from which a person can work at understanding himself and another person.Robertson Davies
Always, Sir, set a high value on spontaneous kindness. 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 attach to you.samuel johnson
Mr. Sensible learned only catchwords from them. He could talk like Epicurus of spare diet, but he was a glutton. He had from Montaigne the language of friendship, but no friend.c. s. lewis
If our friends do us a service, we think they owe it to us by their title of friend. We never think that they do not owe us their friendship.vauvenargues, luc de clapiers, marquis de
Richard Chase declares, "No great poet has written so much bad verse as Emily Dickinson." He blames the Victorian cult of little women for the fact that "two thirds of her work" is seriously flawed: "Her coy and oddly childish poems of nature and female friendship are products of a time when one of the careers open to women was perpetual childhood." Dickinson's sentimental feminine poems remain neglected by embarrassed scholars. I would maintain, however, that her poetry is a closed system of sexual reference and that the mawkish poems are designed to dovetail with those of violence and suffering.emily dickinson
It is, therefore, with the sincerest pleasure I have observed on the part of the British government various manifestations of a just and friendly disposition towards us; we wish to cultivate peace and friendship with all nations, believing that course most conducive to the welfare of our own; it is natural that these friendships should bear some proportion to the common interests of the parties.Thomas Jefferson, letter to Sir John Sinclair, July 31, 1816.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 15, p. 54 (1904).
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 1
That above all, the friendship existing between the English East India Company and Travancore should be maintained at any risk and that full confidence should always be placed in the support and aid of honorable association.Marthanda Varma on his last message to his nephew Prince Rama Varma, in Travancore State Manual: with foreword by Ved from Victoria Institutions, P.23 This book is available for free on this link
Yes, we must ever be friends, and of all who offer you friendship let me be ever the first, the truest, the nearest and dearest!Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858), Part VI, Priscilla, line 72.