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.
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
It is a good thing to be rich, and a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be beloved of many friends.
"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
-Louisa May Alcott-
If it's very painful to 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-
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
A friend is someone who can see through you and still enjoys the show.
No man is the whole of himself; his friends are the rest of him.
-Harry Emerson Fosdick-
The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of success in life.
-Edward Everett Hale-
Friends are the sunshine of life.
The best mirror is an old friend.
The beauty of a friend is only a taste of what God is. It should be seen as an image of God, an enticement towards Him. If the two spend their lives trying to look at each other only, they will never be open to the absolute fullness in God of which this friend is only a taste.
Never while I keep my senses shall I compare anything to the delight of a friend.
A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.
Just thinking about a friend makes you want to do a happy dance, because a friend is someone who loves you in spite of your faults.
-Charles M. Schulz-
The best antique is an old friend.
One can do without people, but one has need of a friend.
Whether you are blessed with soul mates...or with those who walk with you just a little while, not one of these friends crosses your path by chance. Each is a messenger, sent by God, to give you the wisdom, companionship, comfort, or challenge you need for a particular leg of your spiritual journey.
Abraham Lincoln was once taken to task by an associate for his attitude toward his enemies: "Why do you try to make friends of them? You should try to destroy them."
Lincoln replied gently, "Am I not destroying my enemies when I make them my friends?"
When true friends meet in adverse hour;
'Tis like a sunbeam through a shower.
-Sir Walter Scott-
True friends don't sympathize with your weakness...they help summon your strength.
A true friend is a forever friend.
To throw away an honest friend is, as it were, to throw your life away.
So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.
-Robert Louis Stevensen-
Do good to thy friend to keep him, to thy enemy to gain him.
Having friends around for a pleasant evening is one of life's most cherished joys as far as I am concerned. But then those with me are fellow believers how much greater that joy is, for we know that it will be rekindled, one day, in eternity.
True friends are those seeking solitude together.
Defining a friend is like trying to define beauty. It's often in the eye of the beholder.
-Jerry and Mary white-
A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.
Think where man's glory most begins and ends.
And say my glory was I had such friends.
-William Butler Yeats-
Anybody can sympathize with the suffering of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.
I am a friend to all who fear the Lord, to all who follow [His] precepts.
The Christian should never complain of his hard fortune while he knows that Christ is his Friend.
A true friend is a gift of God, and only He who made hearts can unite them.
When friends meet, hearts warm.
Inasmuch as anyone pushes you nearer to God, he or she is your friend.
A friend loves at all times.
True friends weather the storm in search of the rainbow.
-Evelyn L. Beilenson-
My friends are my estate.
Old friends are a comfort to the heart. Like a favorite robe and a familiar song, they wrap you in the warmth of their presence and you understand all the words.
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
For when two beings who are not friends are near each other, there is no meeting, and when friends are far apart, there is no separation.
A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
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-
The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.
Every true friend is a glimpse of God.
Be a friend; the rest will follow.