Friend

Trust not any man with thy life, credit, or estate. For it is mere folly for a man to enthrall himself to his friend, as though, occasion being offered, he should not dare to become an enemy.

Free and fair discussion will ever be found the firmest friend to truth.

Choose a friend. He will help you. Alas, he deserts you. Choose an enemy. He will fight against you. Lo, he corrects and perfects you.

Ignorance is an enemy, even to its owner. Knowledge is a friend, even to its hater. Ignorance hates knowledge because it is too pure. Knowledge fears ignorance because it is too sure.

We should render a service to a friend to bind him closer to us, and to an enemy in order to make a friend of him.

Friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not wanting anything from him.

A strong foe is better than a weak friend.

It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.

We never seem to know what anything means till we have lost it. The full significance of those words, property, ease, health - the wealth of meaning that lies in the fond epithets, parent, child friend, we never know till they are taken away; till in place of the bright, visible being, comes the awful and desolate shadow where nothing is - where we stretch our hands in vain, ands strain our eyes upon dark and dismal vacuity.

A true friend is distinguished in the crisis of hazard and necessity; when the gallantry of his aid may show the worth of his soul and the loyalty of his heart.

The sure friend is discerned in unsure circumstances.

You ought to choose both physician and friend, not the most agreeable, but the most useful.

Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.

The stillest tongue can be the truest friend.

Religion is more like a response to a friend than it is like obedience to an expert.

We are never less alone than when we are in the society of a single, faithful friend; never less deserted than when we re carried in the arms of the All-Powerful.

It is well known to all great men, that by conferring an obligation they do not always procure a friend, but are certain of creating many enemies.

I am persuaded that he who is capable of being a bitter enemy can never possess the necessary virtues that constitute a true friend.

If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.

Let me live in my house by the side of the road,
Where the race of men go by;
They are good, they are bad; they are weak, they are strong,
Wise, foolish,--so am I;
Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat,
Or hurl the cynic's ban?
Let me live in my house by the side of the road,
And be a friend to man.