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It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

My joy in friends, those sacred people, is my consolation.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

O friend, my bosom said,
  Through thee alone the sky is arched.
    Through thee the rose is red;
      All things through thee take nobler form,
        And look beyond the earth,
          The mill-round of our fate appears
            A sun-path in thy worth.
              Me too thy nobleness has taught
                To master my despair;
                  The fountains of my hidden life
                    Are through thy friendship fair.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oh, be my friend, and teach me to be thine!
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The genius of life is friendly to the noble, and, in the dark, brings them friends from far.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ornaments of a home are the friends who frequent it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must be our own before we can be another's.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We seek our friend not sacredly, but with an adulterate passion which would appropriate him to ourselves.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We want but two or three friends, but these we cannot do without, and they serve us in every thought we think.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A day for toil, an hour for sport,
  But for a friend is life too short.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Considerations by the Way

Our friends early appear to us as representatives of certain ideas, which they never pass or exceed. They stand on the brink of the ocean of thought and power, but they never take a single step that would bring them there.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Of Experience

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Of Friendship

A true friend is distinguished in the crisis of hazard and necessity; when the gallantry of his aid may show the worth of his soul and the loyalty of his heart.
      - Quintus Ennius

In prosperity it is very easy to find a friend; but in adversity it is the most difficult of all things.
      - Epictetus

When our friends are present we ought to treat them well; and when they are absent, to speak of them well.
      - Epictetus

I hate it in friends when they come too late to help.
      - Euripides

I loathe a friend whose gratitude grows old, a friend who takes his friend's prosperity but will not voyage with him in his grief.
      - Euripides

I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one more clever who is evil too.
      - Euripides

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.
      - Euripides

Kiss and be friends.
      - George Farquhar

No man can expect to find a friend without faults; nor can he propose himself to be so to another. Without reciprocal mildness and temperance there can be no continuance of friendship. Every man will have something to do for his friend, and something to bear with in him. The sober man only can do the first; and for the latter, patience is requisite. It is better for a man to depend on himself, than to be annoyed with either a madman or a fool.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Promises may get friends, but it is performance that must nurse and keep them.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Take heed of a speedy professing friend; love is never lasting which flames before it burns.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

The noblest part of a friend is an honest boldness in the notifying of errors. He that tells me of a fault, aiming at my good, I must think him wise and faithful--wise in spying that which I see not; faithful in a plain admonishment, not tainted with flattery.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Real friends are our greatest joy and our greatest sorrow. It were almost to be wished that all true and faithful friends should expire on the same day.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

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