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Prosperity makes friends and adversity tries them.
      - idea found in Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Stichus (IV, 1, 16)

A constant friend is a thing rare and hard to find.
      - Plutarch

A friend should be like money, tried before being required, not found faulty in our need.
      - Plutarch

Among real friends there is no rivalry or jealousy of one another, but they are satisfied and contented alike whether they are equal or one of them is superior.
      - Plutarch

So also it is good not always to make a friend of the person who is expert in twining himself around us; but, after testing them, to attach ourselves to those who are worthy of our affection and likely to be serviceable to us.
      - Plutarch

The flatterer's object is to please in everything he does; whereas the true friend always does what is right, and so often gives pleasure, often pain, not wishing the latter, but not shunning it either, if he deems it best.
      - Plutarch

We ought to give our friend pain if it will benefit him, but not to the extent of breaking off our friendship; but just as we make use of some biting medicine that will save and preserve the life of the patient. And so the friend, like a musician, in bringing about an improvement to what is good and expedient, sometimes slackens the chords, sometimes tightens them, and is often pleasant, but always useful.
      - Plutarch

All are friends in heaven, all faithful friends,
  And many friendships in the days of Time
    Begun, are lasting there and growing still.
      - Robert Pollok

Friends given by God in mercy and in love;
  My counsellors, my comforters, and guides;
    My joy in grief, my second bliss in joy;
      Companions of my young desires; in doubt
        My oracles; my wings in high pursuit.
          Oh! I remember, and will ne'er forget
            Our meeting spots, our chosen sacred hours;
              Our burning words, that utter'd all the soul,
                Our faces beaming with unearthly love;--
                  Sorrow with sorrow sighing, hope with hope
                    Exulting, heart embracing heart entire.
      - Robert Pollok, Course of Time
         (bk. V, l. 315)

For all are friends in heaven, all faithful friends;
  And many friendships in the days of time
    Begun, are lasting here, and growing still.
      - Robert Pollok, Course of Time
         (bk. V, l. 336)

Absent or dead, still let a friend be dear,
  (A sigh the absent claims, the dead a tear.)
      - Alexander Pope,
        Epistle to Robert, Earl of Oxford

Trust not yourself; but your defects to know,
  Make use of ev'ry friend--and ev'ry foe.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay of Criticism
         (l. 214)

Ah, friend! to dazzle let the vain design;
  To raise the thought and touch the heart be thine.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 248)

A friend that you have to buy won't be worth what you pay for him, no matter what that may be.
      - George Denison Prentice

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.
      - Pythagoras

Deliberate long before thou consecrate a friend, and when thy impartial justice concludes him worthy of thy bosom, receive him joyfully, and entertain him wisely; impart thy secrets boldly, and mingle thy thoughts with his: he is thy very self; and use him so; if thou firmly think him faithful, thou makest him so.
      - Francis Quarles

If thy friends be of better quality than thyself, thou mayest be sure of two things: the first, that they will be more careful to keep thy counsel, because they have more to lose than thou hast; the second, they will esteem thee for thyself, and not for that which thou dost possess.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Thou may'st be sure that he that will in private tell thee of thy faults, is thy friend, for he adventures thy dislike, and doth hazard thy hatred; for there are few men that can endure it, every man for the most part delighting in self-praise, which is one of the most universal follies that bewitcheth mankind.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

We learn our virtues from the bosom friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real form from a friend. He is a mirror on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
      - Eleanor Roosevelt

Friends are rare for, the good reason that men are not common.
      - Joseph Roux

Friendship is the ideal; friends are the reality; reality always remains far apart from the ideal.
      - Joseph Roux

Have friends, not for the sake of receiving, but of giving.
      - Joseph Roux

"Necessarius," the friend, the man who is necessary. * * * A deep word, an ingenious word, a touching word. When will it be French?
      - Joseph Roux

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