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Quotations: For a Friend
Everyone needs at least one weird friend. ~E. Jarvis Thribb (17½) [Barry Fantoni —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
One true friend adds more to our happiness than a thousand enemies add to our unhappiness. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882
Cling tight to the hearts that will not let you fall. ~Emily Dickinson
Friendship is like a rainbow between two hearts. ~Author unknown
...if any one had asked what gifts she desired most, she would have answered with a look more pathetic than any shivering child had given her: "I want the sound of a loving voice; the touch of a friendly hand." ~Louisa May Alcott, "Seamstress," Work: A Story of Experience, 1873
It's not about finding fun things to do. It's about finding someone in whose company, it's all fun. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2018
Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. ~Swedish proverb
But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, "No Time Like the Old Time," 1865
A true friend is for ever a friend. ~George MacDonald, The Marquis of Lossie, 1877
I love you... and always I have a chair for you in the smallest parlor in the world, to wit, my heart. ~Emily Dickinson, 1860
...and then she said the happiest words in the English language: "I understand." ~David Johansson, Skin of Sunset, 2009
Friend o' Mine: I should like to send you a sunbeam, or the twinkle of some bright star, or a tiny piece of the downy fleece that clings to a cloud afar. I should like to send you the essence of a myriad sun-kissed flowers, or the lilting song, as it floats along, of a brook through fairy bowers. I should like to send you the dew-drops that glisten at the break of day, and then at night the eerie light that mantles the Milky Way. I should like to send you the power that nothing can overthrow — the power to smile and laugh the while a-journeying through life you go. But these are mere fanciful wishes; I'll send you a Godspeed instead, and I'll clasp your hand — then you'll understand all the things I have left unsaid. ~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973)
No day so quickly passes
That I don't think some of you,
It may be once, or often,
But each thought of you rings true;
And oft I pray in silence,
Asking God to keep you free
From all life's ills and sorrows—
And to let you think of me.
~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973), "A Prayer," Rainbow Verse: A Book of Helpful Sunny Philosophy, 1919
Let us thank God... that we can love our friends, our brothers and our sisters, and weep when they are gone, and smile at their return. It is indeed a joy which we are blest to know. ~Emily Dickinson, letter to brother, 1854
Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. ~Sicilian proverb
We are each the star of our own situation comedy, and, with luck, the screwball friend in somebody else's. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human. ~George Santayana
Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. ~Elbert Hubbard, c. 1908
Hold a true friend with both your hands. ~Nigerian proverb
Friends are family you choose for yourself. ~Author unknown
The language of friendship is not words but meanings. ~Henry David Thoreau
Ah, how good it feels!
The hand of an old friend.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus: A Mystery, 1872
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~Elisabeth Foley, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1987
Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel that you've done a permanent job. ~Erwin T. Randall, quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1955
Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer. ~Author unknown
When you're happy, I'm happy. When you're sad, I'm sad. When you're lonely, call me! ~Author unknown
Dear Friend,— I felt it shelter to speak to you. ~Emily Dickinson, letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1878
Friendship is a sheltering tree... ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival. ~C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves, 1960
When failure confronts us and darkens our goals,
How we long for the clasp of a hand;
It is then that we cry from the depths of our souls
For a friend who can just understand.
~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973), "The Bright Things of Life"
The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had. ~Author unknown
Most of us don't need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
If ever the future should bring to you a time when you need a man's help, believe me, you will not call in vain. God grant that no such time may ever come to you to break the sunshine of your life; but if it should ever come, promise me that you will let me know. ~Bram Stoker, Dracula, 1897
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 Courtship of Miles Standish," 1858
But, oh, how much a heart can hold. ~Coventry Patmore, "Rejected," The Angel in the House, 1854
I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul. ~Edith Wharton
But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Maria Craik, A Life for a Life, "Chapter XVI: Her Story," 1859
Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author unknown
Just thinking of you — missing you —
Just want to say "Hello" —
Being friends with you means more
Than you will ever know.
~Current ®, "Thinking of You," from Post-A-Note postcards, circa 1950s–1970s, CurrentCatalog.com
She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind. ~Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987
Let's swear each with our pinky
We'll be the best of friends
Until we are old and wrinkly!
If instead of a gem, or even of a flower, we could cast the gift of a lovely thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving, as the angels, I suppose, must give. ~George MacDonald
It takes a long time to grow an old friend. ~John Leonard, in Friends and Friends of Friends by Bernard Pierre Wolff, as quoted by The Reader's Digest, 1989
Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. ~Plautus
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end.
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. ~Oprah Winfrey
It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. ~Marlene Dietrich, unverified
I love you, write to me... Give me news of yourself. ~George Sand, letters to Gustave Flaubert, 1870s, translated by Aimee L. McKenzie
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Friendship"
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