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No better relation than a prudent and faithful friend.
      - Benjamin Franklin

There are three faithful friends--an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Our friends should be our incentives to right, but not only our guiding, but our prophetic, stars. To love by right is much, to love by faith is more; both are the entire love, without which heart, mind, and soul cannot be alike satisfied. We love and ought to love one another, not merely for the absolute worth of each, but on account of a mutual fitness of temporary character.
      - Margaret Fuller (Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli)

Make not a bosom friend of a melancholy soul; he'll be sure to aggravate thy adversity and lessen thy prosperity. He goes always heavily loaded, and thou must bear half. He is never in a good humor, and may easily get into a bad one, and fall out with thee.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

'Tis thus that on the choice of friends
  Our good or evil name depends.
      - John Gay, Old Woman and Her Cats (pt. I)

An open foe may prove a curse,
  But a pretended friend is worse.
      - John Gay, Shepherd's Dog and the Wolf
         (l. 33)

He who does not see the whole world in his friends, does not deserve that the world should hear of him.
  [Ger., Wer nicht die Welt in seinen Freunden sicht
    Verdient nicht, dass die Welt von ihm erfahre.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso
         (I, 3, 68)

Eternal blessings crown my earliest friend,
  And round his dwelling guardian saints attend.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

He casts off his friends, as a huntsman his pack,
  For he new, when he pleased, he could whistle them back.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

He cast off his friends, as a huntsman his pack;
  For he knew, when he pleas'd, he could whistle them back.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Retaliation (l. 107)

A favourite has no friend.
      - Thomas Gray, On a Favourite Cat Drowned
         (st. 6)

Dear lost companions of my tuneful art,
  Dear as the light that visits these sad eyes,
    Dear as the ruddy drops that warm my heart.
      - Thomas Gray, The Bard (st. 3)

Few of us have been so exceptionally unfortunate as not to find, in our own age, some experienced friend who has helped us by precious counsel, never to be forgotten. We cannot render it in kind, but perhaps in the fulness of time it may become our noblest duty to aid another as we have ourselves been aided, and to transmit to him an invaluable treasure, the tradition of the intellectual life.
      - Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Nobody who is afraid of laughing, and heartily too at his friend, can be said to have a true and thorough love for him; and, on the other hand, it would portray a sorry want of faith to distrust a friend because he laughs at you. Few men, I believe, are much worth loving in whom there is not something well worth laughing at.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

We never know the true value of friends. While they live, we are too sensitive of their faults; when we have lost them, we only see their virtues.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare, Guesses at Truth

Devout, yet cheerful; pious, not austere;
  To others lenient, to himself sincere.
      - J.M. Harvey, On a Friend

If we take the freedom to put a friend under our microscope, we thereby insulate him from many of his true relations, magnify his peculiarities, inevitably tear him into parts, and, of course, patch him very clumsily together again. What wonder, then, should we be frightened by the aspect of a monster.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

It is better to make friends than adversaries of a conquered race.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

However we may flatter ourselves to the contrary, our friends think no higher of us than the world do. They see us with the jaundiced or distrustful eyes of others. They may know better, but their feelings are governed by popular prejudice. Nay, they are more shy of us (when under a cloud) than even strangers; for we involve them in a common disgrace, or compel them to embroil themselves in continual quarrels and disputes in our defence.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

I like a friend better for having faults that one can talk about.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

If we are long absent from our friends, we forget them; if we are constantly with them, we despise them.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

It is hard to dispraise those who are dispraised by others. He is little short of a hero who perseveres in thinking well of a friend who has become a butt for slander, and a byword.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Before you make a friend, eate a bushell of salt with him.
  [Before you make a friend, eat a bushel of salt with him.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

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