It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.
But you realize, love should ALWAYS start as friendship. If you can't be friends first, then love is USELESS. And I will be adamant about this fact. Lovers must be best friends. If you ask me, if you ask a married couple who their best friends are, and they reply someone OTHER than their spouse, their marriage will fail. Friends first. Always.
Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.
Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures
The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.
Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.
Separation secures manifest friendship
Acquaintance is a degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor and obscure, and intimate when he is rich and famous
Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
Friendship and money: oil and water.
Gold begets in brethren hate; Gold in families debate; Gold does friendship separate; Gold does civil wars create.
For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; grey hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money.
We meet on the broad pathway of good faith and good will; no advantage shall be taken on either side, but all shall be openness and love. I will not call you children, -- for parents sometimes chide their children too severely; nor brothers only, -- for brothers differ. The friendship between me and you I will not compare to a chain; for that the rains might rust, or the falling tree might break. We are the same as if one man's body were to be divided into two parts, we are all one flesh and blood.
So far as it depends on the course of this government, our relations of good will and friendship will be sedulously cultivated with all nations.
I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because of all things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.
I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being.
Those truly linked don't need correspondence. When they meet again after many years apart, Their friendship is as true as ever.
Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.
Though friendship is not quick to burn,
It is explosive stuff.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.
There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.
As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity.
Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays The pleasing game of interchanging praise.