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





In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue. If we have enough friends, we may go on for years, intending to leave, talking about leaving -- instead of actually getting up and leaving.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


He who has not the weakness of friendship has not the strength.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


When my friends lack an eye, I look at them in profile.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


I should like to tell you again of my bitter troubles so that mutually, by recounting our grief, we can lighten each other's sorrow.


The Kanteletar


Plant a seed of friendship; reap a bouquet of happiness.


Lois L. Kaufman


My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Love Him, and keep Him for thy Friend, who, when all go away, will not forsake thee, nor suffer thee to perish at the last.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


The real test of friendship is: Can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy together those moments of life that are utterly simple? They are the moments people look back on at the end of life and number as their most sacred experiences.


Eugene Kennedy


Adversity not only draws people together, but brings forth that beautiful inward friendship.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


The first day one is a guest, the second a burden, and the third a pest.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


What a wonderful thing it is to have a good friend. He identifies your innermost desires, and spares you the embarrassment of disclosing them to him yourself.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care to acquire.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Friendship is only a reciprocal conciliation of interests.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


You can't leave humanity out. If you didn't have humanity, you wouldn't have anything.


Alice Neel


True friends... face in the same direction, toward common projects, interests, goals.


C.S. Lewis


A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Renewed friendships require more care than those that have never been broken.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


What causes us to like new acquaintances is not so much weariness of our old ones, or the pleasure of change, as disgust at not being sufficiently admired by those who know us too well, and the hope of being admired more by those who do not know so much about us.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


What commonly hinders us from showing the recesses of our heart to our friends is not the distrust we have of them, but that distrust we have of ourselves.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


What makes us so changeable in our friendships is that it is difficult to know the qualities of the soul, but it is easy to know those of the mind.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Nothing wounds a friend like a want of confidence.


Jean Baptiste LaCordaire


Separate from the pleasure of your company, I don't much care if I never see another mountain in my life.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


If you have a good name, if you are right more often than you are wrong, if your children respect you, if your grandchildren are glad to see you, if your friends can count on you and you can count on them in time of trouble, if you can face your God and say "I have done my best," then you are a success.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


As there are some flowers which you should smell but slightly to extract all that is pleasant in them... so there are some men with whom a slight acquaintance is quite sufficient to draw out all that is agreeable; a more intimate one would be unsafe and unsatisfactory.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


Friendship may sometimes step a few paces in advance of truth.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes.


Doug Larson


Be not the fourth friend of him who had three before and lost them.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


If you want to make a dangerous man your friend, let him do you a favor.


Lewis E. Lawes


Can you understand how cruelly I feel the lack of friends who will believe in me a bit?


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or to keep one.


Robert E. Lee (1807-1870, American confederate army commander)


Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find one good you must one hundred try.


Claude Mermet


To those who know thee not, no words can paint! And those who know thee, know all words are faint!


Hannah Moore


The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bull pen.


Bob Lemon


It takes a long time to grow an old friend.


John Leonard


The lion is ashamed, it's true, when he hunts with the fox.


Gotthold Lessing (1729-1781, German dramatist, critic)


There is only one thing better than making a new friend, and that is keeping an old one.


Elmer G. Letterman


He is a fine friend. He stabs you in the front.


Leonard Louis Levinson


Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.


Cindy Lew


Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.


Cindy Lew


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 (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


I desire to so conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


If you want to win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


A friend is one who withholds judgment no matter how long you have his unanswered letter.


Sophie Irene Loeb


Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, who has sight so keen and strong That it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroken; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Yes, we must ever be friends; and of all who offer you friendship, let me be ever the first, the truest, the nearest and dearest!


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


A cheerful friend is like a sunny day, which sheds its brightness on all around.


Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)


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 (1881-1948, German writer)


Your friendship is a glowing ember through the year; and each December from its warm and living spark, we kindle flame against the dark, and with its shining radiance light our tree of faith on Christmas night.


Thelma J. Lund


In time of great anxiety we can draw power from our friends. We should at such times, however, avoid friends who sympathize too deeply, who give us pity rather than strength.


D. Lupton


To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.


Robert Lynd (1892-1970, American sociology author)


Friendships, like marriages, are dependent on avoiding the unforgivable.


John D. MacDonald


The imaginary friends I had as a kid dropped me because their friends thought I didn't exist.


Aaron Machado


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


Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923, New Zealand-born British author)


I'm treating you as a friend asking you to share my present minuses in the hope that I can ask you to share my future pluses


Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923, New Zealand-born British author)


The richer your friends, the more they will cost you.


Elizabeth Marbury


No young man starting in life could have better capital, than plenty of friends. They will strengthen his credit, support him in every great effort and make him what, unaided, he could never be. Friends of the right sort will help him more -- to be happy and successful -- than much money...


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


There is nothing we like to see so much as the gleam of pleasure in a person's eye when he feels that we have sympathized with him, understood him, interested ourself in his welfare. At these moments something fine and spiritual passes between two friends. These moments are the moments worth living.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


It is not the services we render them, but the services they render us, that attaches people to us.


Labiche et Martin


My darling little girl-child, after such a long and troublesome waiting I now have you in my arms. I am alone no more, I have my baby.


Martha Martin


The richest man in the world is not the one who still has the first dollar he ever earned. It's the man who still has his best friend.


Martha Mason


We know our friends by their defects rather than their merits.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


All things being equal, people will do business with a friend; all things being unequal, people will still do business with a friend.


Mark McCormack (1930-, American sports agent, promoter, businessman)


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 (1915-, American author, editor)


A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.


Bernard Meltzer (1914-, American law professor)


Friendship is one mind in two bodies.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


Love me, please, I love you; I can bear to be your friend. So ask of me anything.... I am not a tentative person. Whatever I do, I give up my whole self to it.


Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950, American poet)


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


He alone has lost the art to live who cannot win new friends.


Silas Weir Mitchell (1829-1914, Physician, writer, poet)


Friendship is the bread of the heart.


Mary Russell Mitford


The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.


Wilson Mizner (1876-1933, American author)


I don't care a damn for your loyal service when you think I am right; when I really want it most is when you think I am wrong.


General John Monash


If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.


Charles De Montesquieu (1689-1755, French jurist, political philosopher)


Friendship is mutual blackmail elevated to the level of love.


Robin Morgan (1941-, American feminist author, poet)


Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


I am learning to live close to the lives of my friends without ever seeing them. No miles of any measurement can separate your soul from mine.


John Muir (1838-1914, Lothian born American naturalist, conservationist)


God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends.


Ethel Watts Mumford (1878-1940, American novelist, humor writer)


The sacrifices of friendship were beautiful in her eyes as long as she was not asked to make them.


Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916, British novelist, writer)


Never befriend the oppressed unless you are prepared to take on the oppressor.


Ogden Nash (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


Love demands infinitely less than friendship.


George Jean Nathan (1882-1958, American critic)


Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.


Gloria Naylor


I have always differentiated between two types of friends; those who want proofs of friendship, and those who do not. One kind loves me for myself, and the others for themselves.


Gerard De Nerval (1808-1855, French novelist, poet)


The love of our private friends is the only preparatory exercise for the love of all men.


John Henry Newman (1801-1890, British religious leader, prelate, writer)


A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Sometimes we owe a friend to the lucky circumstance that we give him no cause for envy.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


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