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[ Also see Acquaintances Affection Companions Companionship Familiarity Friendship Guests Love Neighbors Sympathy Visitors ]

A friend is he who sets his heart upon us, is happy with us and delights in us; does for us what we want, is willing and fully engaged to do all he can for us, on whom we can rely in all cases.
      - William Ellery Channing

A true friend embraces our objects as his own. We feel another mind bent on the same end, enjoying it, ensuring it, reflecting it, and delighting in our devotion to it.
      - William Ellery Channing

A true friend will appear such in leaving us to act according to our intimate conviction,--will cherish this nobleness of sentiment, will never wish to substitute his power for our own.
      - William Ellery Channing

Friends are to incite one another to God's works.
      - William Ellery Channing

Friends should not be chosen to flatter. The quality we should prize is that rectitude which will shrink from no truth. Intimacies which increase vanity destroy friendship.
      - William Ellery Channing

From the loss of our friends teach us how to enjoy and improve those who remain.
      - William Ellery Channing

Other blessings may be taken away, but if we have acquired a good friend by goodness, we have a blessing which improves in value when others fail. It is even heightened by sufferings.
      - William Ellery Channing

The attempt to make one false impression on the mind of a friend respecting ourselves is of the nature of perfidy. Sincerity should be observed most scrupulously.
      - William Ellery Channing

The beloved friend does not fill one part of the soul, but, penetrating the whole, becomes connected with all feeling.
      - William Ellery Channing

True friends have no solitary joy or sorrow.
      - William Ellery Channing

We cannot enjoy a friend here. If we are to meet it is beyond the grave. How much of our soul a friend takes with him! We half die in him.
      - William Ellery Channing

When our friends die, in proportion as we loved them, we die with them--we go with them. We are not wholly of the earth.
      - William Ellery Channing

Friends I have made, whom Envy must commend,
  But not one foe whom I would wish a friend.
      - Charles Churchill, Conference (l. 297)

Greatly his foes he dreads, but more his friends,
  He hurts me most who lavishly commends.
      - Charles Churchill, The Apology (l. 19)

They who dare to ask anything of a friend, by their very request seem to imply that they would do anything for the sake of that friend.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

A friend is, as it were, a second self.
  [Lat., Amicus est tanquam alter idem.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Amicitia (XXI, 80 (adapted))

You must therefore love me, myself, and not my circumstances, if we are to be real friends.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Finibus, (Yonge's translation)

The way is short, O friend,
  That reaches out before us;
    God's tender heavens above us bend,
      His love is smiling o'er us;
        A little while is ours
          For sorrow or for laughter;
            I'll lay the hand you love in yours
              On the shore of the Hereafter.
      - Mary Clemmer (Mary Clemmer Ames)

What shall I do, my friend,
  When you are gone forever?
    My heart its eager need will send
      Through the years to find you never,
        And how will it be with you,
          In the weary world, I wonder,
            Will you love me with a love as true,
              When our paths lie far asunder?
      - Mary Clemmer (Mary Clemmer Ames)

We should render a service to a friend to bind him closer to us, and to an enemy in order to make a friend of him.
      - Cleobulus of Lindos

Friends should be weighed, not told; who boasts to have won a multitude of friends has never had one.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There is no treasure the which may be compared unto a faithful friend;
  Gold some decayeth, and worldly wealth consumeth, and wasteth in the winde;
    But love once planted in a perfect and pure minde indureth weale and woe;
      The frownes of fortune, come they never so unkinde, cannot the same overthrowe.
      - edited by John Payne Collier,
        Roxburghe Ballads--The Bride's Good-Morrow

Our very best friends have a tincture of jealousy even in their friendship; and when they hear us praised by others, will ascribe it to sinister and interested motives if they can.
      - Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon (p. 80)

Between friends, frequent reproofs make the friendship distant.
      - Confucius

Have no friends not equal to yourself.
      - Confucius

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