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Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.
      - Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Ship
         (ch. VII)

What is the odds so long as the fire of souls is kindled at the taper of conwiviality, and the wing of friendship never moults a feather?
      - Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop
         (ch. II)

Female friendships are of rapid growth.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Friendship is the gift of the gods, and the most precious boon to man.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

I think there is nothing more lovely than the love of two beautiful women who are not envious of each other's charms.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

There is a magic in the memory of schoolboy friendships; it softens the heart, and even affects the nervous system of those who have no hearts.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Literary friendship is a sympathy not of manners, but of feelings.
      - Isaac D'Israeli

Old books, old wine, old nankin blue--
  All things, in short, to which belong
    The charm, the, grace that Time makes strong,
      All these I prize, but (entre nous)
        Old friends are best.
      - Austin Dobson

For friendship, of itself a holy tie,
  Is made more sacred by adversity.
      - John Dryden, The Hind and the Panther
         (pt. III, l. 47)

That friendship only is, indeed, genuine when two friends, without speaking a word to each other, can, nevertheless, find happiness in being together.
      - Georg Moritz Ebers

There are very few honest friends--the demand is not particularly great.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

It's more important to click with people than to click the shutter.
      - Alfred Eisenstaedt

It is hard to believe long together that anything is "worth while," unless there is some eye to kindle in common with our own, some brief word uttered now and then to imply that what is infinitely precious to us is precious alike to another mind.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Friendships begin with liking or gratitude--roots that can be pulled up.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Daniel Deronda (bk. IV, ch. XXXII)

So, if I live or die to serve my friend,
  'Tis for my love--'tis for my friend alone,
    And not for any rate that friendship bears
      In heaven or on earth.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy

Friendship buys friendship.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship is an order of nobility; from its revelations we come more worthily into nature.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Neither is life long enough for friendship. That is a serious and majestic affair.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The essence of friendship is entireness, a total magnanimity and trust.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a power in love to divine another's destiny better than that other can, and by heroic encouragements, hold him to his task. What has friendship so signal as its sublime attraction to whatever virtue is in us?
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners. Friendship requires more time than poor, busy men can usually command.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Behavior

The highest compact we can make with our fellow is,--Let there be truth between us two forevermore. . . . It is sublime to feel and say of another, I need never meet, or speak, or write to him; we need not reinforce ourselves or send tokens of remembrance; I rely on him as on myself; if he did thus or thus, I know it was right.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Behavior

I hate the prostitution of the name of friendship to signify modish and worldly alliances.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Of Friendship

The condition which high friendship demands is ability to do without it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Of Friendship

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