An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


There is no wilderness like a life without friends; friendship multiplies blessings and minimizes misfortunes; it is a unique remedy against adversity, and it soothes the soul.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


They never raised a statue to a critic.


Martha Graham (1894-1991, American dancer, teacher, and choreographer)


The friend of my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.


Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885, American President (18th))


Only friends will tell you the truths you need to hear to make... your life bearable.


Francine Du Plessix Gray


Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of getting out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.


Thomas Hughes (1822-1896, British author)


Friendship is a union of spirits, a marriage of hearts, and the bond there of virtue.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Friendship is seldom lasting but between equals, or where the superiority on one side is reduced by some equivalent advantage on the other.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Friendship is neither a formality nor a mode: it is rather a life.


David Grayson (1870-1946, American journalist and writer)


Friendship is neither a formality nor a mode: it is rather a life.


David Grayson (1870-1946, American journalist and writer)


No real friendship is ever made without an initial clashing which discloses the metal of each to each.


David Grayson (1870-1946, American journalist and writer)


There is an electricity about a friendship relationship. We are both more relaxed and more sensitive, more creative and more reflective, more energetic and more casual, more excited and more serene. It is as though when we come in contact with our friend, we enter into a different environment.


Andrew M. Greeley


It is great to have friends when one is young, but indeed it is still more so when you are getting old. When we are young, friends are, like everything else, a matter of course. In the old days we know what it means to have them.


Edvard Grieg


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


Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540, Italian historian)


Do not choose for your friends and familiar acquaintance those that are of an estate or quality too much above yours...You will hereby accustom yourselves to live after their rate in clothes, in habit, and in expenses, whereby you will learn a fashion and rank of life above your degree and estate, which will in the end be your undoing.


Matthew Hale


Friendship cannot live with ceremony, nor without civility.


Lord Halifax


A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.


Robert Hall


Friendship needs no words...


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


Nobody who is afraid of laughing, and heartily too, at his friend can be said to have a true and thorough love for him.


Julius Charles Hare


The support of one's personality is friends. A part of one's self and a real foundation and existence.


Katharine Butler Hathaway


There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.


Katharine Butler Hathaway


The art of friendship has been little cultivated in our society.


Robert J. Havighurst


Our most intimate friend is not the one to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


Friends are the sunshine of life.


John Hay (1838-1905, American author, statesman)


Make all good men your well-wishers, and then, in the years' steady sifting, some of them will turn into friends.


John Hay (1838-1905, American author, statesman)


Friendship is a horizon -- which expands whenever we approach it.


E.R. Hazlip


I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our friends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please -- that is, as they please or displease us.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


There are persons who cannot make friends. Who are they? Those who cannot be friends. It is not the want of understanding or good nature, of entertaining or useful qualities, that you complain of: on the contrary, they have probably many points of attraction; but they have one that neutralizes all these -- they care nothing about you, and are neither the better nor worse for what you think of them. They manifest no joy at your approach; and when you leave them, it is with a feeling that they can do just as well without you. This is not sullenness, nor indifference, nor absence of mind; but they are intent solely on their own thoughts, and you are merely one of the subjects they exercise them upon. They live in society as in a solitude.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


True friendship is self-love at second hand.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


We are fonder of visiting our friends in health than in sickness. We judge less favorably of their characters when any misfortune happens to them; and a lucky hit, either in business or reputation, improves even their personal appearance in our eyes.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


We often choose a friend as we do a mistress, for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


There is no friend as loyal as a book.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


Never deceive a friend.


Hipparchus (190 BC-120BC, Greek astronomer)


Where there is lasting love, there is a family.


Shere Hite


The mind is lowered through association with inferiors. With equals it attains equality; and with superiors, superiority.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


However much we guard ourselves against it, we tend to shape ourselves in the image others have of us. It is not so much the example of others we imitate, as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


If I don't have friends, then I ain't nothing.


Billie Holiday (1915-1959, American jazz singer)


One thing everybody in the world wants and needs is friendliness.


William E. Holler


Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell him.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


The only way not to break a friendship is not to drop it.


Julie Holz


The difficulty is not that great to die for a friend, the hard part is finding a friend worth dying for.


Henry Home


A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspired.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


I have come to esteem history as a component of friendships. In my case at least friendships are not igneous but sedimentary.


Jane Howard


Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Friends are like a pleasant park where you wish to go; while you may enjoy the flowers, you may not eat them.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Instead of loving your enemies -- treat your friends a little better.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


It may be a cold, clammy thing to say, but those that treat friendship the same as any other selfishness seem to get the most out of it.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Probably no man ever had a friend he did not dislike a little; we are all so constituted by nature that no one can possibly entirely approve of us.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.


Tehyi Hsieh


A friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you just the same.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Friendship, like credit, is highest where it is not used.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


If you have no enemies you are apt to be in the same predicament in regard to friends.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Friend is sometimes a word devoid of meaning; enemy, never.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


I believe that we are always attracted to what we need most, an instinct leading us towards the persons who are to open new vistas in our lives and fill them with new knowledge.


Helene Iswolsky


When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.


Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1959-, American basketball player)


The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


Confidence is the foundation of friendship. If we give it, we will receive it.


Harry E. Humphreys


It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.


Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960, American novelist)


To associate with other like-minded people in small purposeful groups is for the great majority of men and women a source of profound psychological satisfaction.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.


Lee Iacocca (1924-, American businessman, former CEO of Chrysler)


In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want.


Irish Toast


Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendship and intimacies, and soon their places will know them no more, and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to keep by force of inertia.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Most men's friendships are too inarticulate.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own peculiar ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere with ours.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


He who endures penance and hardships for another delights in that person's company.


Malik Muhammad Jayasi


But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Never have a friend that's poorer than yourself.


Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857, British humorist, playwright)


The growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair.


Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909, American author)


Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of.


Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909, American author)


Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


An old friend never can be found, and nature has provided that he cannot easily be lost.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone; one should keep his friendships in constant repair.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


It is foolish to make experiments upon the constancy of a friend, as upon the chastity of a wife.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Men only become friends by community of pleasures.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Never, my dear Sir, do you take it into your head that I do not love you; you may settle yourself in full confidence both of my love and my esteem; I love you as a kind man, I value you as a worthy man, and hope in time to reverence you as a man of exemplary piety.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


No man is much pleased with a companion who does not increase, in some respect, his fondness of himself.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


That friendship may be at once fond and lasting, there must not only be equal virtue on each part, but virtue of the same kind; not only the same end must be proposed, but the same means must be approved by both.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The endearing elegance of female friendship.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The most fatal disease of friendship is gradual decay, or dislike hourly increased by causes too slender for complaint, and too numerous for removal.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


There are people whom one should like very well to drop, but would not wish to be dropped by.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of the weary pilgrimage.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


How desperately we wish to maintain our trust in those we love! In the face of everything, we try to find reasons to trust. Because losing faith is worse than falling out of love.


Sonia Johnson


Five years from now you will be pretty much the same as you are today except for two things: the books you read and the people you get close to.


Charles "Tremendous" Jones (American motivational speaker, author)


Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.


Thomas Jones


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