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A true friend, illustrated by Sandra Reeves - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByIllustrated by Sandra Reeves

These friendship quotes and verse are all positive words of inspiration, that are uplifting to read through and appreciate those special people in our lives, they could also be used to let your friends know just how much they mean to you.

We all need friends to share life's trials and joys, especially the trials - as it is when we are struggling the most, that we find out who our true friends are.

For more positive words of love and wisdom about friends, from unknown sources, take a look at Friendship Sayings

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Friendship quotes are listed alphabetically on surname.

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Aristotle 384BC - 322BC 
A friend is a second self, so that our consciousness of a friend's existence, makes us more fully conscious of our own existence.

We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends behave to us.

Wishing to be friends is quick work,
but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.

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Richard Bach

Richard Bach  1936
Can miles truly separate you from friends? 
If you want to be with someone you love, 
aren't you already there?

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon 1561 - 1626 
The greatest trust between man and man 
is the trust of giving counsel.

The principal fruit of friendship is...
the ease and discharge of the fullness and swellings of the heart.

William Barclay

William Barclay 1907 - 1978
I thank you for my friends, for those who understand me better than I understand myself. For those who know me at my worst, and still like me. For those who have forgiven me when I had no right to expect to be forgiven. Help me to be as true to my friends as I would wish them to be to me.

James Matthew Barrie

James Matthew Barrie 1860 - 1937
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others...
cannot keep it from themselves.


A faithful friend is the medicine of life.

A friend loveth at all times.

William Blake

William Blake 1757 - 1827
I looked for my soul, but my soul I could not see.
I looked for my God, but my God eluded me.
I looked for a friend and then I found all three.

Robert Brault

Robert Brault
Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth...
wanting ten-times more to tell you a loving lie.

I like friends who, when you tell them you need a moment alone, know enough not to stray too far.

Most of us don't need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with.

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Albert Camus

Albert Camus 1913 - 1960
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me. I may not lead.
Walk beside me and be my friend.

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Mary Catherwood
Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet, and two others at first speech are old friends.

John Churton Collins

John Churton Collins 1848 - 1908
In prosperity our friends know us,
in adversity we know our friends.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero 106BC - 43BC
Friends, though absent, are still present.

Cookie Monster

Sometimes me think, 'What is friend?' 
And then me say... 
'Friend is someone to share the last cookie with.'

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Anna Cummins
Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead, do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis  1958
There is a point when you aren't as much mom and daughter
as you are adults and friends.

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Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas 1803 - 1870
Friendship consists in...
forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882   
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.
Before him I may think aloud.

Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.

Happy is the house that shelters a friend.

Real friendship is shown in times of trouble, prosperity is full of friends.

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship. It is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him, and is willing to trust him with his friendship.

The only way to have a friend is... to be one.

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

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Epicurus 341BC - 270BC 
It is not so much our friends help that helps us,
as the confident knowledge that they will help us.

Of all the things which provides to make life entirely happy,
much the greatest is the possession of friendship.

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Euripides 480BC - 406BC
Friends show their love in times of trouble.

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Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi 1869 - 1948
With every true friendship, we build more firmly the foundations on which the peace of the whole world rests.

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Dave Tyson Gentry
True friendship comes when silence between two people becomes comfortable.

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Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran  1883 - 1931
A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749 - 1832
To know someone with whom you can feel their is understanding, in spite of distances or thoughts expressed, that can make life a garden.

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Nicholas Grimald 1519 - 1562
Of all the heavenly gifts
that mortal men command
What trusty treasure in the world
can countervail a friend?
What sweeter solace shall befall
than one to find
Upon whose breast thou may'st repose
the secrets of thy mind

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Arnold H. Glasgow
A true friend never gets in your way...
Unless you happen to be going down.

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Hafiz  1325 - 1389
Your heart and my heart 
are very, very old friends.

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

Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard 1856 - 1915
A friend is someone who knows all about you
and loves you just the same.

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley  1894 - 1963
Let us be kinder to one another.

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Washington Irving

Washington Irving  1783 - 1859
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us she will endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

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Susan Jeffers

Susan Jeffers
Drink in the beauty of friendship.
In this world of constant change,
we need the comfort of friendship more than ever before.

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson 1709 - 1784
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over, so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.

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Jack Layton
Cherish every moment with those you love, 
at every stage of your journey.

Cherish every moment - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByFamily holiday in Cornwall (1973)

John Lennon

John Lennon 1940 - 1980
I get by with a little help from my friends.

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis 1898 - 1963  
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What, you too? I thought I was the only one."

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

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln 1809 - 1865
The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren  1934
Is my mother my friend? I would have to say, first of all she is my mother, with a capital M; she's something sacred to me. I love her dearly... yes, she is also a good friend, someone I can talk openly with if I want to.

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Henri Nouwen

Henri Nouwen 1932 - 1996
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.

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Plautus 254BC - 184BC
Nothing but heaven itself is better than
a friend who is really a friend.

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Myrtle Reed 1874 - 1911
May our house always be too small to hold all of our friends.

Helen Steiner Rice

Helen Steiner Rice  1900 - 1981
Nothing on earth can make life more worthwhile, 
than a true, loyal friend and the warmth of a smile.

Jean Paul Richter

Jean Paul Richter 1763 - 1825
Each departed friend is a magnet
that attracts us to the next world.

Aelred of Rievaulx

Aelred of Rievaulx 1109 - 1167
No medicine is more valuable, none more efficacious, none better suited to the cure of all our temporal ills than a friend, to whom we may turn for consolation in time of trouble, and with whom we may share our happiness in time of joy.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Francois de la Rochefoucauld 1613 - 1680
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt 1884 - 1962
Friendship with oneself is important because without it,
one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

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William Rotsler
How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment 
when we realize we have discovered a friend.

Jalal Uddin Rumi

Jalal Uddin Rumi 1207 - 1273
Always search for your innermost nature 
in those you are with, as rose oil imbibes from roses.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes,
because for those who love with heart and soul
there is no such thing as separation.

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Francis de Sales

Francis de Sales 1567 - 1622
Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again,
never to be broken off.

Susan Schutz

Susan Schutz 1944
When someone cares...
it is easier to speak, it is easier to listen,
it is easier to play, it is easier to work.
When someone cares it is easier to laugh.

Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer 1875 - 1965
At times our own light goes out and it is rekindled by a spark from another being. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

In everyone's life, at sometime, 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.

Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks  1965
My wife, my family, my friends... 
They've all taught me things about love and what that emotion really means. In a nutshell... loving someone is about giving, not receiving.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 - 1894
A friend is a present you give yourself.

No man is useless... while he has a friend.

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Theophrastus 350BC - 285BC
True friends visit us in prosperity only when invited.
But in adversity they come without invitation.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau 1817 - 1862
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Penny Thornton

Penny Thornton
Your friends are the one true not in the dissonant music of life. They are there to commiserate and console, to act as sounding boards and healing centres, but most of all, simply to be there when you need them.

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William Arthur Ward

William Arthur Ward  1921 - 1994  
Friendship flourishes 
at the fountain of forgiveness.

Learn and grow all you can.
Serve and befriend all you can.
Enrich and inspire all you can.

Lilian Whiting

Lilian Whiting 1859 - 1942
To be rich in friends is to be poor in nothing.

Anthony Douglas Williams

Anthony Douglas Williams   
Finding an old friend is like finding a lost treasure.

Those that will always help a friend, will always have a friend.

Treat other animals as friends and they become friends.
Treat other animals as family and they become family.
Give other animals your love and they will love you in return.

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Joseph B. Wirthlin  1917 - 2008
Our friends should be companions who inspire us, 
who help us to rise to our best.

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Doe Zantamata
Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them...
your smile, your hope and your courage.

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