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A friendship that makes the least noise is very often the most useful; for which reason I should prefer a prudent friend to a zealous one.
      - Joseph Addison

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
      - Joseph Addison

The friendships of the world are oft
  Confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasure;
    Ours has severest virtue for its basis,
      And such a friendship ends not but with life.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act III, sc. 1)

Great souls by instinct to each other turn,
  Demand alliance, and in friendship burn.
      - Joseph Addison, The Campaign (l. 102)

A friendship formed in childhood, in youth,--by happy accident at any stage of rising manhood,--becomes the genius that rules the rest of life.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Friendship is a plant that loves the sun, thrives ill under clouds.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

I would give more for the private esteem and love of one than for the public praise of ten thousand.
      - William R. Alger

Friendship is communion.
      - Aristotle

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
      - Aristotle

A friend is a second self.
      - Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Guests can be, and often are, delightful, but they should never be allowed to get the upper hand.
      - Countess Elizabeth von Arnim ("Countess Elizabeth Mary Russell"),
        All the Dogs in My Life

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
  And never thought upon.
      - Sir Robert Aytoun (Ayton) of Kincaldie,
        from his old poem

Friendship redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
      - Francis Bacon

Whosoever in the frame of his nature and affections is unfit for friendship, he taketh it of the beast, and not from humanity.
      - Francis Bacon

The friendship between me and you I will not compare to a chair; for that the rains might rust, or the falling tree might break.
      - George Bancroft,
        History of the United States--Wm. Penn's Treaty with the Indians

In friendship your heart is like a bell struck every time your friend is in trouble.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

A pretext is never lacking to him who would break with a friend.
      - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Letters

Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
      - Bible, II Samuel (ch. I, v. 23)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
      - Bible, John (ch. XV, v. 13)

Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neithr go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 10)

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
      - Bible, Romans (ch. V, v. 7)

Honest men esteem and value nothing so much in this world as a real friend. Such a one is, as it were, another self.
      - Bidpai (Pilpay)

Honest men esteem and value nothing so much in this world as a real friend. Such a one is as it were another self, to whom we impart our most secret thoughts, who partakes of our joy, and comforts us in our affliction; add to this, that his company is an everlasting pleasure to us.
      - Bidpai (Pilpay), Choice of Friends
         (chap. iv)

Friendship! mysterious cement of the soul,
  Sweet'ner of life, and solder of society.
      - Robert Blair, The Grave (l. 87)

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

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