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

Let us be friends, Cinna, it is I who invite you to be so.
  [Fr., Soyons amis, Cinna, c'est moi qui t'en convie.]
      - Pierre Corneille, Cinna (V, 3)

There have been fewer friends on earth than kings.
      - Abraham Cowley

The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
  And proves by thumps upon your back
    How he esteems your merit,
      Is such a friend, that one had need
        Be very much his friend indeed
          To pardon or to bear it.
      - William Cowper, On Friendship (169)

She that asks
  Her dear five hundred friends, contemns them all,
    And hates their coming.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. II, l. 642)

I would not enter on my list of friends
  (Though graced with polish'd manner and fine sense,
    Yet wanting sensibility) the man
      Who needlessly sets foot upon a worm.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. VI, l. 560)

Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends.
  [Fr., Le sort fait les parents, le choix fait les amis.]
      - Abbe Jacques Delille (Jaques Delisle),
        Pitie

We must love our friends as true amateurs love paintings; they have their eyes perpetually fixed on the fine parts, and see no others.
      - Louise Florence Petronille de la Live d'Epinay (Madame d'Epinay)

Friends, those relations that one makes for one's self.
  [Fr., Les amis--ces parents que l'on se fait soi-meme.]
      - Eustache Deschamps ("Morel"), L'Ami

"Wal'r, my boy," replied the captain; "in the Proverbs of Solomon you will find the following words: 'May we never want a friend in need, nor a bottle to give him!' When found, make a note of."
      - Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son
         (vol. I, ch. XV)

My friends are my estate.
      - Emily Dickinson

True friends appear less moved than counterfeit.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon

A female friend, amiable, clever, and devoted, is a possession more valuable than parks and palaces; and without such a muse, few men can succeed in life, none be contented.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Generally speaking, among sensible persons, it would seem that a rich man deems that friend a sincere one who does not want to borrow his money; while, among the less favored with fortune's gifts, the sincere friend is generally esteemed to be the individual who is ready to lend it.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Friends are ourselves.
      - Dr. John Donne

The wretched have no friends.
      - John Dryden

Be kind to my remains; and O defend,
  Against your judgment, your departed friend.
      - John Dryden, Epistle to Congreve (l. 72)

The poor make no new friends;
  But oh, they love the better still
    The few our Father sends.
      - Countess Lady Helen Selina Sheridan Dufferin,
        Lament of the Irish Emigrant

The fallying out of faithful frends is the reunyng of love.
      - Richard Edwards,
        The Paradise of Dainty Devices
         (no. 42, st. 1)

It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Animals are such agreeable friends--they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Mr. Gilfil's Love-Story (ch. VII)

Best friend, my well-spring in the wilderness!
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. III)

Friend more divine than all divinities.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. IV)

To act the part of a true friend requires more conscientious feeling than to fill with credit and complacency any other station or capacity in social life.
      - Mrs. Sarah Stickney Ellis,
        Pictures of Private Life
         (2d series, The Pains of Pleasing, ch. IV)

A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy is the house that shelters a friend.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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