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The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
      - George Bernard Shaw

The happiest miser on earth is the man who saves up every friend he can make.
      - Robert E. Sherwood

To hear him speak, and sweetly smile
  You were in Paradise the while.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney),
        Friend's Passion for his Astrophel

We need new friends; some of us are cannibals who have eaten their old friends up; others must have ever renewed audiences before to reenact an ideal version of their lives.
      - Logan Pearsall Smith

Chide a friend in private and praise him in public.
      - Solon

For to cast away a virtuous friend, I call as bad as to cast away one's life, which one loves best.
      - Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannis,
        (Oxford translation, revised by Buckley)

For whoever knows how to return a kindness he has received must be a friend above all price.
      - Sophocles, Philoctetes,
        (Oxford translation, revised by Buckley)

'Tis something to be willing to commend;
  But my best praise is, that I am your friend.
      - Thomas Southerne (Southern),
        To Mr. Congreve on the Old Bachelor
         (last lines)

The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.
      - Robert Southey

It's an owercome sooth fo' age an' youth,
  And it brooks wi' nae denial,
    That the dearest friends are the auldest friends,
      And the young ones are just on trial.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson, Underwoods,
        "It's an Owercome Sooth"

Make friends of equals.
      - Joannes Stobaeus

Make friends of the wise.
      - Joannes Stobaeus

Oblige a friend.
      - Joannes Stobaeus

Friends are discovered rather than made; there are people who are in their own nature friends, only they don't know each other; but certain things, like poetry, music, and paintings are like the Freemason's sign, they reveal the initiated to each other.
      - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe

He who has ceased to enjoy his friend's superiority has ceased to love him.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Some dire misfortune to portend, no enemy can match a friend.
      - Jonathan Swift

To lose a friend is the greatest of all losses.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

A friend must not be injured, even in jest.
  [Lat., Amicum laedere ne joco quidem licet.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.
  [Secrete amicos admone, lauda palam.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Unless you bear with the faults of a friend, you betray your own.
  [Lat., Amici vitium ni feras, prodis tuum.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Amongst true friends there is no fear of losing anything.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Give thy friend counsel wisely and charitably, but leave him to his liberty whether he will follow thee or no; and be not angry if thy counsel be rejected, for advice is no empire, and he is not my friend that will be my judge whether I will or no.
      - Jeremy Taylor

He that does a base thing in zeal for his friend burns the golden thread that ties their hearts together.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Let no man choose him for his friend whom it shall be possible for him ever after to hate; for though the society may justly be interrupted, yet love is an immortal thing, and I will never despise him whom I could once think worthy of my love.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Now when men either are unnatural or irreligious they will not be friends; when they are neither excellent nor useful, they are not worthy to be friends; when they are strangers or unknown, they cannot be friends actually and practically; but yet, as any man hath anything of the good, contrary to those evils, so he can have and must have his share of friendship.
      - Jeremy Taylor

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