Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Friend

"Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes as a judge." -

"A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your" -

"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity." - Francis Maitland Balfour

"A single rose can be my garden...a single friend, my world." -

"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity." - Benjamin Franklin

"Everybody, my friend, everybody lives for something better to come. That's why we want to be considerate of every man - who knows what's in him, why he was born and what he can do?" - Maxim Gorky, pen name of Alexei Maximovich Peshkov

"Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger." - Franklin P. Jones

"Lose your temper, and you lose a friend; lie and you lose yourself." - Hopi Proverbs

"Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy. And bring not all mischief you are able to upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend." -

"It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered." - Aeschylus NULL

"How rare, men with the character to praise a friend’s success without a trace of envy." - Aeschylus NULL

"It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered." -

"How rare, men with the character to praise a friend’s success without a trace of envy." -

"Quiet and unacclaimed acts are, to me, the real margin of greatness. Greatness is not in popularity, wealth, or long life, as most people believe. Real greatness is in simplicity and supportive words. It is in firm encouragement and gentle patience. It is in finding god in the midst of the turmoil of the marketplace, and remembering His goodness during hardship. No, greatness is not always found in those whom the world calls its heroes, but in the unheard of saints who unselfishly serve their families, lend a kind ear to a friend in despair, and lovingly see the Best in those who have become too accustomed to seeing themselves as mediocre." - Alan Cohen

"Adversity is our dear friend. It is the driving force that pushes us out of our comfortable nest and forces us to learn to fly on our own. We can really welcome adversity as a gift. Without it our growth is very slow." - Alan Cohen

"The reward of the adventure of life is freedom. The irony of the adventure is that we were free before we set out, but we needed to learn that freedom was not to be found where we fantasized it to be. We needed to learn, like our old friend Dorothy from Kansas, that there’s no place like home, because there is no place but Home. When we learn that God is everywhere, that Love fills all space, and that Truth is the very Ground of our Being, we may surely release the little to embrace the All." - Alan Cohen

"Quiet and unacclaimed acts are, to me, the real margin of greatness. Greatness is not in popularity, wealth, or long life, as most people believe. Real greatness is in simplicity and supportive words. It is in firm encouragement and gentle patience. It is in finding god in the midst of the turmoil of the marketplace, and remembering His goodness during hardship. No, greatness is not always found in those whom the world calls its heroes, but in the unheard of saints who unselfishly serve their families, lend a kind ear to a friend in despair, and lovingly see the Best in those who have become too accustomed to seeing themselves as mediocre." -

"Adversity is our dear friend. It is the driving force that pushes us out of our comfortable nest and forces us to learn to fly on our own. We can really welcome adversity as a gift. Without it our growth is very slow." -

"The reward of the adventure of life is freedom. The irony of the adventure is that we were free before we set out, but we needed to learn that freedom was not to be found where we fantasized it to be. We needed to learn, like our old friend Dorothy from Kansas, that there’s no place like home, because there is no place but Home. When we learn that God is everywhere, that Love fills all space, and that Truth is the very Ground of our Being, we may surely release the little to embrace the All." -

"Quiet and unacclaimed acts are, to me, the real margin of greatness. Greatness is not in popularity, wealth, or long life, as most people believe. Real greatness is in simplicity and supportive words. It is in firm encouragement and gentle patience. It is in finding god in the midst of the turmoil of the marketplace, and remembering His goodness during hardship. No, greatness is not always found in those whom the world calls its heroes, but in the unheard of saints who unselfishly serve their families, lend a kind ear to a friend in despair, and lovingly see the Best in those who have become too accustomed to seeing themselves as mediocre." -

"Adversity is our dear friend. It is the driving force that pushes us out of our comfortable nest and forces us to learn to fly on our own. We can really welcome adversity as a gift. Without it our growth is very slow." -

"The reward of the adventure of life is freedom. The irony of the adventure is that we were free before we set out, but we needed to learn that freedom was not to be found where we fantasized it to be. We needed to learn, like our old friend Dorothy from Kansas, that there’s no place like home, because there is no place but Home. When we learn that God is everywhere, that Love fills all space, and that Truth is the very Ground of our Being, we may surely release the little to embrace the All." -

"Don't walk before me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend." - Albert Camus

"I shall tell you a great secret my friend, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day." - Albert Camus

"I'll tell you a big secret, my friend: Don't wait for the Last judgment. It happens every day." - Albert Camus

"Don't walk before me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend." -

"I shall tell you a great secret my friend, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment, it takes place every day." -

"I'll tell you a big secret, my friend: Don't wait for the Last judgment. It happens every day." -

"It is easier to guard against an enemy than against a friend." - Alcmaeon of Crotona NULL

"He makes no friend who never made a foe." -

"More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. Wherefore let thy voice rise like a fountain for me night and day. For what are men better than sheeps or goats that nourish a blind life within the brain, if, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer both for themselves and those who call them friend? For so the whole round earth is every way bound by gold chains about the feet of God." -

"He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy shall meet him everywhere." -

"Think twice before you speak to a friend in need." - Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

"Time is one's best friend, teaching best of all the wisdom of silence." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." - Anaïs Nin, born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell

"A friend is, above all, one who judges not... For beyond and above our differences we meet on common ground, and I am his friend. And, when we are together, I can keep silence, having nothing to fear from him for my inner gardens, my mountains and my ravines - for he will not trample them." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Men of sense often learn from their enemies. Prudence is the best safeguard. This principle cannot be leaned from a friend, but an enemy extorts it immediately. It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war. And this lesson saves their children, their homes, and their properties." - Aristophanes NULL

"If, then, being is in itself desirable for the supremely happy man (since it is by its nature good and pleasant), and that of his friends very much the same, a friend will be one of the things that are desirable. Now that which is desirable form him must have, or he will be deficient in this respect. The man who is to be happy will therefore need virtuous friends." - Aristotle NULL

"A man is his own best friend." - Aristotle NULL

"A true friend is one soul in two bodies." - Aristotle NULL

"The man with a host of friends who slaps on the back everybody he meets is regarded as the friend of nobody." - Aristotle NULL

"Everybody's friend is nobody's." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"A friend is a fellow who knows all about you and still likes you." - Author Unknown NULL

"Today. Mend a quarrel. Search out a friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed. Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine demands on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind, be gentle. Laugh a little more. Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Worship your God. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love. Speak it again. Still speak it again. Speak it still once again." - Author Unknown NULL

"If you want to help pull a friend out of the mire, don't hesitate to get a little dirty." -

"Do not be inaccessible. None is so perfect that he does not need at times the advice of others. He is an incorrigible ass who will never listen to any one... A friend must be free to advise, and even to upbraid, without feeling embarrassed." - Baltasar Gracián

"In prosperity a friend is not known, and in adversity an enemy is not hidden. When a man is in prosperity even an enemy is friendly, but in his adversity even a friend withdraweth." - Ben Sira

"Be not ashamed of a friend who becometh poor, and hid not thyself from his face." - Ben Sira

"A man's own self is his friend, a man's own self is his foe." - Bhagavad Gītā, simply known as Gita NULL

"He who has conquered himself by the Self, he is a friend of himself; but he whose self is unconquered, his self acts as his own enemy like an external foe." - Bhagavad Gītā, simply known as Gita NULL