One friend in a lifetime ismuch; two are many; three are hardly possible.Friendship
needs a certainparallelism of life, a community
of thought, a rivalry of aim. Henry Brooks Adams The Education of Henry Adams, ch.20.
There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals. Francis,Viscount St Albans Bacon Essays, no.48,'Of Followers and Friends'.
Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their
familybut to a solitaryand an exile his friends are
everything. Willa Sibert Cather Shadows On The Rock, bk.3, ch.5.
Idem velle atque idem nolle, ea demum firma amicitia est. Agreements in likes
and dislikesthis, and only this is what constitutes
true friendship. Catiline full name Lucius Sergius Catilina Quoted in Sallust De
Catilinae coniuratione, bk.20, pt.4 (translated by J C
What is the odds so long as the fire of soul is kindled at the taper of
conwiviality, and the wing of friendship never moults a
feather! CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens ^1 Dick Swiveller. The Old Curiosity Shop, ch.2.
Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and
pass the rosy wine. CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens ^1 Dick Swiveller. The Old Curiosity Shop, ch.7.
My whole life Has been a golden
dream of love and friendship. John Dryden All for Love, or The World Well Lost, act 5.
In friendship false, implacable in hate: Resolved to ruin or
to rule the state. John Dryden Absalom and Achitophel, pt.1, l.173^4.
woman's friendship ever ends in love. John Gay Dione, act 4, sc.6.
I was the
last to consent to the separation, but the separation having
been made, and having become inevitable, I have
always said that I would be the first to meet the friendship
of the United States as an independent power. George III Letter to John Adams, first US Ambassador to England, 1 Jun.
Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject
intercourse between tyrants and slaves. Oliver Goldsmith The Good-Natured Man, act1.
Gold schenkt die Eitelkeit, der rauhe Stolz, Die Freundschaft
und die Liebe schenken Blumen. Gold is the gift of
vanityand pride, Friendship and love
offer flowers. Franz Grillparzer Sappho, act 2, sc.4.
The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love; have I not reason to hate and
to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not
having hated and despised the world enough. William Hazlitt The Plain Speaker,'On the Pleasure of Hating'.
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 Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson
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. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark, May. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of
Samuel Johnson (1791),
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 Travels in West Africa (published1899).
Le temps, qui fortifie les amitie s, affaiblit l'amour. Time, which
strengthens friendships, weakens love. Jean de La Bruye' re Les Caracte' res ou les m½urs de ce sie' cle,'Du
L'amour et l'amitie s'excluent l'un l'autre. Love and friendship
exclude one another. Jean de La Bruye' re Les Caracte' res ou les m½urs de ce sie' cle,'Du
La haine est toujours plus clairvoyante et plus
inge nieuse que l'amitie . Hate is always more
clairvoyant and ingenious than friendship. Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos Les Liaisons dangereuses, letter113.
If the husband be a man with whom you have lived on a friendly footing
before marriage,if you did not come inonthewife'sside,if
youdid not sneak intothehouse in her train, but
were an old friend in first habits of intimacy before
their courtship was so much as thought on,look about you
Every long friendship, every old authentic intimacy,
must be brought into their office to be new stamped with
their currency, as a sovereign Prince calls in the
good old money that was coined in some reign before
he was born or thought of, to be new marked and minted
with the stamp of his authority, before he will let
it pass current in the world. Charles Lamb Essays of Elia,'A Bachelor's Complaint of the
Behaviour of Married People'.
Levin wanted friendship and got friendliness; he wanted steak and they
offered spam. Bernard Malamud A New Life, pt.6.
Immortal Spenser, no frailty hath thy fame but the imputation of this
idiot's friendship! Thomas Nashe Strange News of the Intercepting Certain Letters.
There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute,
which goes directly to the heart of him who has had
frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and
gossamer fidelity of mere Man. EdgarAllan Poe 'The Black Cat', in the United States Saturday
La grande amitie n'est jamais tranquille. Great friendship is
never peaceful. Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Se vigne Letter to Mme de Grignan,16 Sep.
Even if we take marriage at its lowest, even if we regard it as no more than a
sort of friendship recognised by the police. Robert Louis Stevenson Virginibus Puerisque,'Virginibus Puerisque', pt.1.
An elegant sufficiency, content, Retirement, rural
quiet, friendship, books, Ease and alternate
labour, useful life, Progressive virtue,
and approving Heaven! James pseudonym 'BV',ByssheVanolis Thomson
The Seasons,'Spring', l.1161^4.
Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Hal Wallis Closing words of Casablanca, one of his
contributions to a script largely
written by the Epstein twins and Howard Koch.