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A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVIII, v. 24)

Iron sharpen iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 17)

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 6)

Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XLI, v. 9)

While your friend holds you affectionately by both your hands you are safe, for you can watch both of his.
      - Ambrose Bierce

Friends are the thermometers by which we may judge the temperature of our fortunes.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

The place where two friends first met is sacred to them all through their friendship, all the more sacred as their friendship deepens and grows old.
      - Phillips Brooks

I have loved my friends as I do virtue, my soul, my God.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
         (pt. II, sec. V)

Now with my friend I desire not to share or participate, but to engross his sorrows, that, by making them mine own, I may more easily discuss them; for in mine own reason, and within myself, I can command that which I cannot entreat without myself, and within the circle of another.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
         (pt. II, sec. V)

Let my hand,
  This hand, lie in your own--my own true friend;
    Aprile! Hand-in-hand with you, Aprile!
      - Robert Browning, Paracelsus (sc. 5)

A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.
      - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
      - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

Give, and you may keep your friend if you lose your money; lend, and the chances are that you lose your friend if ever you get back your money.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

There is no man so friendless but what he can find a friend sincere enough to tell him disagreeable truths.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        What Will He Do With It?
         (bk. II, ch. XIV)

We twa hae run about the braes,
  And pu'd the gowans fine.
      - Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne

His ancient, trusty, drouthy crony,
  Tam lo'ed him like a vera brither--
    They had been fou for weeks thegither!
      - Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter

A faithful friend is better than gold--a medicine for misery, an only possession.
      - Robert Burton

Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses.
      - Robert Burton

Experience has taught me that the only friends we can call our own, who can have no change, are those over whom the grave has closed; the seal of death is the only seal of friendship.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Ah! were I sever'd from thy side,
  Where were thy friend and who my guide?
    Years have not seen, Time shall not see
      The hour that tears my soul from thee.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Bride of Abydos (canto I, st. 11)

'Twas sung, how they were lovely in their lives,
  And in their deaths had not divided been.
      - Thomas Campbell, Gertrude of Wyoming
         (pt. 33)

Save, oh! save me from the candid friend.
      - George Canning

Give me the avowed, the erect, the manly foe;
  Bold I can meet--perhaps may turn his blow;
    But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send,
      Save, save, oh! save me from the candid friend.
      - George Canning, New Morality

For men may prove and use their friends, as the poet expresses it, usque ad aras, meaning that a friend should not be required to act contrary to the law of God.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

A friend gives himself to his beloved, and the higher his excellence the richer the gift.
      - William Ellery Channing

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