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The man abandoned by his friends, one after another, without just cause, will acquire, the reputation of being hard to please, changeable, ungrateful, unsociable.
      - Joseph Roux

We want our friend as a man of talent, less because he has talent than because he is our friend.
      - Joseph Roux

A friend whom you have been gaining during your whole life, you ought not to be displeased with in a moment. A stone is many years becoming a ruby; take care that you do not destroy it in an instant against another stone.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.
      - George Santayana

One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
      - George Santayana

Dear is my friend--yet from my foe, as from my friend, comes good:
  My friend shows what I can do, and my foe what I should.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Votive Tablets--Friend and Foe

When true friends meet in adverse hour,
  'Tis like a sunbeam through a shower;
    A watery ray an instant seen,
      The darkly closing clouds between.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Know this, that he that is a friend of himself is a friend to all men.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

True friends are the whole world to one another; and he that is a friend to himself is also a friend to mankind. Even in my studies the greatest delight I take is of imparting it to others; for there is no relish to me in the possessing of anything without a partner.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Keep thy friend under thy own life's key.
      - William Shakespeare

Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.
      - William Shakespeare

To wail friends lost
  Is not by much so wholesome--profitable,
    As to rejoice at friends but newly found.
      - William Shakespeare

So we grew together,
  Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
    But yet an union in partition--
      Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
        So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart;
          Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,
            Due but to one, and crowned with one crest.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Helena at III, ii)

Be able for thine enemy
  Rather in power than use, and keep thy friend,
    Under thy own life's key.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Countess of Rossillion at I, i)

We still have slept together,
  Rose at an instant, learned, played, eat together;
    And wheresoe'er we went, like Juno's swans,
      Still we went coupled and inseparable.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Celia at I, iii)

Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
  Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel,
    But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
      Of each new-hatched, unfledged courage.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii)

The great man down, you mark his favorite flies,
  The poor advanced makes friends of enemies;
    And hitherto doth love on fortune tend,
      For who not needs shall never lack a friend,
        And who in want a hollow friend doth try,
          Directly seasons him his enemy.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (King at III, ii)

You are my true and honorable wife,
  As dear to me as the ruddy drops
    That visit my sad heart.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at II, i)

A friend should bear a friend's infirmities,
  But Brutus makes mine greater than they are.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at IV, iii)

And though the mourning brow of progeny
  Forbid the smiling courtesy of love
    The holy suit which fain it would convince,
      Yet, since love's argument was first on foot,
        Let not the cloud of sorrow justle it
          From what it purposed; since to wail friends lost
            Is not by much so wholesome-profitable
              As to rejoice at friends but newly found.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Ferdinand, King of Navarre at V, ii)

Where you are liberal of your loves and counsels
  Be sure you be not loose; for those you make friends
    And give your hearts to, when they once perceive
      The least rub in your fortunes, fall away
        Like water from ye. never found again
          But where they mean to sink ye.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Buckingham at II, i)

  I am not of that feather to shake off
    My friend when he most needs me.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Timon at I, i)

And in some sort these wants of mine are crowned,
  That I account them blessings; for by these
    Shall I try friends. You shall perceive how you
      Mistake my fortunes; I am wealthy in my friends.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Timon at II, ii)

I would be friends with you and have your love,
  Forget the shames that you have stained me with,
    Supply your present wants, and take no doit
      Of usance for my moneys; and you'll not hear me.
        This is kind I offer.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Shylock at I, iii)

Words are easy, like the wind
  Faithful friends are hard to find.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Passionate Pilgrim (XX, l. 33)

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