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Oh, call it by some better name,
  For Friendship sounds too cold.
      - Thomas Moore,
        On, call it by some better Name

Forsooth, brethren, fellowship is heaven and lack of fellowship is hell; fellowship is life and lack of fellowship is death; and the deeds that ye do upon the earth, it is for fellowship's sake that ye do them.
      - William Morris (1), Dream of John Ball
         (ch. IV)

Friendship is but a name. I love no one.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I cannot concentrate all my friendship on any single one of my friends because no one is complete enough in himself.
      - Anais Nin

True friendship cannot be among many. For since our faculties are of a finite energy, it is impossible our love can be very intense when divided among many. No, the rays must be contracted to make them burn.
      - John Norris of Bemerton

Friendship needs to be rooted in respect, but love can live upon itself alone.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

There are many moments in friendship, as in love, when silence is beyond words. The faults of our friend may be clear to us, but it is well to seem to shut our eyes to them. Friendship is usually treated by the majority of mankind as a tough and everlasting thing which will survive all manner of bad treatment. But this is an exceedingly great and foolish error; it may die in an hour of a single unwise word; its conditions of existence are that it should be dealt with delicately and tenderly, being as it is a sensitive plant and not a roadside thistle. We must not expect our friend to be above humanity.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

The vulgar herd estimate friendship by its advantages.
  [Lat., Vulgus amicitias utilitate probat.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (II, 3, 8)

As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity.
  [Lat., Scilicet ut fulvum spectatur in ignibus aurum
    Tempore in duro est inspicienda fides.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (I, 5, 25)

Constant use had not worn ragged the fabric of their friendship.
      - Dorothy Rothchild Parker (Mrs. Alan Campbell)

To find by experience that friendships are mortal, is the hard but inevitable lot of fallible and imperfect men.
      - Samuel Parr

We cannot expect the deepest friendship unless we are willing to pay the price, a self-sacrificing love.
      - Francis Nathan Peloubet

In appearance, at least, he being on all occasions glad to be at friendship with me, though we hate one another, and know it on both sides.
      - Samuel Pepys

Strangers he gulls, but friends make fun of him.
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)

Friendship's an abstract of this noble flame,
  'Tis love refin'd, and purged from all its dross,
    'Tis next to angel's love, if not the same,
      As strong in passion is, though not so gross.
      - Katherine Philips (Phillips)

He is a friend indeed who proves himself a friend in need.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine.
  [Lat., Quod tuum'st meum'st; omne meum est autem tuum.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Trinummus
         (II, 2, 47)

Friendship is the most pleasant of all things, and nothing more glads the heart of man.
      - Plutarch

Friendship requires a steady, constant, and unchangeable character, a person that is uniform in his intimacy.
      - Plutarch

A generous friendship no cold medium knows
  Burns with one love, with one resentment glows;
    One should our interests and our passions be,
      My friend must hate the man that injures me.
      - Alexander Pope

There is nothing that is meritorious but virtue and friendship; and indeed friendship itself is only a part of virtue.
      - Alexander Pope, On his Death-Bed,
        Johnson's "Lives of Poets; Life of Pope"

What ill-starr'd rage
  Divides a friendship long confirm'd by age?
      - Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
         (bk. III, l. 173)

These hearts which suck up friendship like water, and yield it again with the first touch, might as well expect to squeeze a sponge and find it hold its moisture, as to retain affections which they are forever dashing from them.
      - Jane Porter

We value the devotedness of friendship rather as an oblation to vanity than as a free interchange of hearts; an endearing contract of sympathy, mutual forbearance, and respect!
      - Jane Porter

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