Friends are God's apology for relations.
If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile
It is inevitable that those to whom is vouchsafed a long life of usefulness should outlive the friends of their youth
The vulgar crowd values friends according to their usefulness
As for food, half of my friends have dug their graves with their teeth.
Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
Although our Pakistani friends continue to assure us of their cooperation, we have not seen the necessary degree of cooperation and frankness that is required to settle this issue and to move forward,
He that openly tells, his friends all that he thinks of them, must expect that they will secretly tell his enemies much that they do not think of him.
Faithful friends are gifts from heaven: Whoever finds one has found a treasure.
Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends.
Farewell all relations and friends in Christ; farewell acquaintances and all earthly enjoyments; farewell reading and preaching, praying and believing, wanderings, reproaches, and sufferings.
Some material things make my life more enjoyable; many, however, would not. I like having an expensive private plane, but owning a half-dozen homes would be a burden. Too often, a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner. The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse, and long-standing friends.
My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound interest. Both my children and I won what I call the ovarian lottery. (For starters, the odds against my 1930 birth taking place in the U.S. were at least 30 to 1. My being male and white also removed huge obstacles that a majority of Americans then faced.) My luck was accentuated by my living in a market system that sometimes produces distorted results, though overall it serves our country well. Ive worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. In short, fates distribution of long straws is wildly capricious.
The reaction of my family and me to our extraordinary good fortune is not guilt, but rather gratitude. Were we to use more than 1% of my claim checks on ourselves, neither our happiness nor our well-being would be enhanced. In contrast, that remaining 99% can have a huge effect on the health and welfare of others. That reality sets an obvious course for me and my family: Keep all we can conceivably need and distribute the rest to society, for its needs. My pledge starts us down that course.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.
Don't listen to friends when the Friend inside you says 'Do this.'.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
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.
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.
Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate
It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.
Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.
When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.
Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends
To aim at erxcellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service.
To aim at excellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service.