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A good man is the best friend, and therefore soonest to be chosen, longer to be retained; and indeed, never to be parted with, unless he cease to be that for which he was chosen.
      - Jeremy Taylor,
        A Discourse of the Nature, Measures, and Offices of Friendship

Choose for your friend him that is wise and good, and secret and just, ingenious and honest, and in those things which have a latitude, use your own liberty.
      - Jeremy Taylor,
        A Discourse of the Nature, Measures, and Offices of Friendship

When I choose my friend, I will not stay till I have received a kindness; but I will choose such a one that can do me many if I need them; but I mean such kindnesses which make me wiser, and which make me better.
      - Jeremy Taylor,
        A Discourse of the Nature, Measures, and Offices of Friendship

His gain is loss; for he that wrongs his friend
  Wrongs himself more, and ever bears about
    A silent court of justice in his breast,
      Himself a judge and jury, and himself
        The prisoner at the bar, ever condemned.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Then came your new friend: you began to change:
  I saw it and grieved.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Princess
         (IV, l. 279)

Of my friends I am the only one I have left.
  [Lat., Ego meorum solus sum meus.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (IV, 1, 21)

Choose a good disagreeable friend, if you be wise--a surly, steady, economical, rigid fellow.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

It is a friendly heart that has plenty of friends.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

May I never sit on a tribunal where my friends shall not find more favor from me than strangers.
      - Themistocles

A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
      - Henry David Thoreau

At death our friends and relatives either draw nearer to us and are found out, or depart farther from us and are forgotten. Friends are as often brought nearer together as separated by death.
      - Henry David Thoreau

I have myself to respect, but to myself I am not amiable; but my friend is my amiableness personified.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
      - Henry David Thoreau

The friend asks no return but that his friend will religiously accept and wear, and not disgrace, his apotheosis of him.
      - Henry David Thoreau

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?
      - Henry David Thoreau

Choose your friend wisely,
  Test your friend well;
    True friends, like rarest gems,
      Prove hard to tell.
        Winter him, summer him,
          Know your friend well.
      - Unknown

Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
      - Unknown, The French Ana

To God, thy countrie, and thy friend be true.
      - Bill Vaughan, Rules and Lessons (st. 8)

The sun is a hundred thousand leagues away, and the water-roses that open to the light of day are in the pool; the moon, friend of the night-blooming lotus, is two hundred thousand leagues distant. Friendship knows no separation that divides it in space.
      - Vikramacharita

God save me from my friends, I can protect myself from my enemies.
      - attributed to Marshal Claude Louis Hector de Villars,
        on taking leave of Louis XIV

Faithful Achates (companion of Aeneas).
  [Lat., Fidus Achates.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (VI, 158)

Virtuous men alone possess friends.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Old friends are the great blessings of one's latter years. Half a word conveys one's meaning. They have memory of the same events, and have the same mode of thinking. I have young relations that may grow upon me, for my nature is affectionate, but can they grow old friends? My age forbids that. Still less can they grow companions. Is it friendship to explain half one says? One must relate the history of one's memory and ideas; and what is that to the young but old stories?
      - Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

Nothing shows one who his friends are like prosperity and ripe fruit.
      - Charles Dudley Warner

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of goodwill are very far from being the surest marks of it.
      - George Washington, Social Maxims

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