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: 1907 The Education of Henry Adams, ch.20.
There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.Bacon, Francis,Viscount St Albans: 1625 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: 1931Shadows 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 Rolfe).
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!charles dickens: 1840-1 Dick Swiveller. The Old Curiosity Shop, ch.2.
My whole life Has been a golden dream of love and friendship.john dryden: 1678 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: 1681Absalom and Achitophel, pt.1, l.173-4.
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: 1785 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: 1768 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: 1818 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: 1826 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: 1755 Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.1.
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: 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: 1893 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: 1688 Les Caracte' res ou les m½urs de ce sie' cle,'Du c½ur', no.4.
L'amour et l'amitie s'excluent l'un l'autre. Love and friendship exclude one another.Jean de La Bruye' re: 1688 Les Caracte' res ou les m½urs de ce sie' cle,'Du c½ur', no.7.
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: 1782 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: 1823 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: 1961A New Life, pt.6.
Immortal Spenser, no frailty hath thy fame but the imputation of this idiot's friendship!thomas nashe: 1592 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: 1843 'The Black Cat', in the United States Saturday Post,19 Aug.
La grande amitie n'est jamais tranquille. Great friendship is never peaceful.Se vigne , Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de: 1671Letter 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: 1881Virginibus 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!Thomson,James pseudonym 'BV',ByssheVanolis: 1746 The Seasons,'Spring', l.1161-4.
Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.1942 Closing words of Casablanca, one of his contributions to a script largely written by the Epstein twins and Howard Koch.