Friendship is the finest balm for the pangs of despised love.
Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.
Isn't the fulfillment of our duty towards our neighbor an expression of deepest desire?
I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing
Never befriend the oppressed unless you are prepared to take on the oppressor.
[W]e all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us.
The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
The rule for us all is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.
Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone.
Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners. Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command.
Do not allow yourself to be imprisoned by any affection. Keep your solitude. The day, if it ever comes, when you are given true affection there will be no opposition between interior solitude and friendship, quite the reverse. It is even by this infallible sign that you will recognize it.
There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals.
Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.
The bird a nest the spider a web the human friendship.
Friendship that insists upon agreement on all matters is notworth the name. Friendship to be real must ever sustain the weight of honest differences, however sharp they be.
Animals are such agreeable friends they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can ... As a peace-maker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
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.
The loneliest woman in the world is a woman without a close woman friend.
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
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Alone, we slip into a self reinforcing haze. A place of isolation in which the only voice we hear is our own, and we become more and more convinced that our world view, what we see, is the only one that makes sense, the only one that is correct. Living in our own heads we build empires, cast down the unworthy, glory in our intellect. We become a floating island of ego, living within ourselves and living only for ourselves. Other people are the only antidote to this. Friendship offers not only companionship, love, and fun, but it offers a reflector as well. Our ideas, prejudices, hatreds, misconceptions and brilliant notions bounce off another human being and are reflected back. We are forced to face ideas other than our own. Our mental lives become less rigid, we gain the ability to grow, to change our minds and to understand the perspectives of others.