It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi
A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.
Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.
Friends are the siblings God never gave us.
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.
Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back.
Those truly linked don't need correspondence. When they meet again after many years apart, Their friendship is as true as ever.
It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.
Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.
It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults.
Henry Ward Beecher
Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.
It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, jr
The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
Rachel Naomi Remen
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.