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Friendship is one mind in two bodies. 
~ Mencius 

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. 
~ C. S. Lewis 

Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness. 
~ Dag Hammarskjold 

Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. 
~ Muhammad Ali 

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends. 
~ Oscar Wilde 

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing. 
~ Katherine Mansfield 

I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. 
~ Plutarch 

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world. 
~ Thomas A. Edison 

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. 
~ Robert Brault 

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. 
~ George MacDonald 

If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends - you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue. 
~ Alice Duer Miller 

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. 
~ Albert Schweitzer 

It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not. 
~ Mignon McLaughlin 

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. 
~ Epicurus 

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

It takes a long time to grow an old friend. 
~ John Leonard 

It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. 
~ Marlene Dietrich 

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. 
~ Marcel Proust 

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. 
~ Oprah Winfrey 

Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives, two friends that always remained strange to one another, because one of them attracted by virtue of similarity, the other by difference. 
~ Emil Ludwig

  Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces. 
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh 

Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends. 
~ Samuel Pepys 

Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway. 
~ Elbert Hubbard 

Never have a companion that casts you in the shade. 
~ Baltasar Gracian 

Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. 
~ Plautus 

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other. 
~ Honore de Balzac 

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

She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind. 
~ Toni Morrison 

Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. 
~ Margaret Lee Runbeck 

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them. 
~ Francesco Guicciardini 

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. 
~ William Blake 

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. 
~ Elbert Hubbard 

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares. 
~ Henri Nouwen 

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. 
~ Henry David Thoreau 

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. 
~ Henry David Thoreau