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Niccolò MachiavelliKeep your friends close and your enemies closer.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

     (This version was used in “Godfather;” the original starts with “The Prince”.)

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HoraceTo have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

AristotleMisfortune shows those who are not really friends.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Lord ByronFriendship is Love without wings.

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeLove is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

Charles Caleb ColtonFriendship often ends in love; but love in friendship, never.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Lord ByronFriendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.

—  Lord Byron, 1788-1824, British poet

William BlakeThe bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Joseph RouxHave friends, not for the sake of receiving, but of giving.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

Blaise PascalI lay it down as a fact that if all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Benjamin FranklinA false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Benjamin FranklinA friend in need is a friend indeed!

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Friedrich NietzscheLove is blind. Friendship closes its eyes.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Mark TwainIt's easy to make friends, but hard to get rid of them.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Oscar WildeLaughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Oscar WildeTrue friends stab you in the front.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Somerset MaughamWe know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Somerset MaughamIt's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Niccolò MachiavelliFriendships that are won by awards, and not by greatness and nobility of soul, although deserved, yet are not real, and cannot be depended upon in time of adversity.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe only way to have a friend is to be one.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

CiceroFriendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

Charles Caleb ColtonIt is always safe to learn, even from our enemies, seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Charles Caleb ColtonThe firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Charles Caleb ColtonTrue friendship is like sound health: the value of it is seldom know until it is lost.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Charles de GaulleMen can have friends, statesmen cannot.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Khalil GibranFriendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

—  Khalil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanese-American poet & philosopher

Jules RenardThere are no friends; only moments of friendship.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Lord ChesterfieldMost people enjoy the inferiority of their best friends.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Elbert HubbardYour friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

William JamesWherever you are, it is your friends who make your world.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Bob MarleyTrue friends are like stars; you can only recognize them when it's dark around you.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Zig ZiglarIf you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Charles DarwinA man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist

EpicurusOf all the means which wisdom acquires to ensure happiness throughout the whole of life, by far the most important is friendship.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Henry FordMy best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD


Funny Quotes

Steven WrightIf Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

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Ancient Greek

AristotleFriendship is one soul living in two bodies.

Φιλία εστί μία ψυχή εν δυσί σώμασιν ενοικουμένη.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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Ancient Greek phraseA friend does not abandon his friend in difficulties and in danger.

Ο φίλος τον φίλον εν πόνοις και κινδύνοις ου λείπει.

—  Ancient Greek phrase

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MenanderIf we have money, we shall have friends.

Εάν δ’ έχωμεν χρήμαθ’, έξομεν φίλους

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)

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DiogenesOther dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I bite also my friends in order to save them.

Οι μεν άλλοι κύνες τους εχθρούς δάκνουσι, εγώ δε τους φίλους ίνα σώσω.

—  Diogenes, 410-323 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher

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Proverbs

English proverbA friend in need is a friend indeed.

—  English proverb

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International proverbA man is known by his friends.

—  International proverb

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Chinese proverbA friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.

—  Chinese proverb

Italian proverbWhen a friend asks, there is no tomorrow.

—  Italian proverb

French proverbCramped but with friends.

À l'étroit mais entre amis.

—  French proverb


Movie Quotes

Casablanca (1942)Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

—  from the film Casablanca (1942)

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