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.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
Though friendship is not quick to burn, It is explosive stuff.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, "What are you going through?"
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.
I'm a controversial figure. My friends either dislike me or hate me.
Cultivate friendships. If you dont have time to cultivate all of them, plow under every fifth one and collect your bonus.
A vice in common can be the ground of a friendship but not a virtue in common. X and Y may be friends because they are both drunkards or womanizers but, if they are both sober and chaste, they are friends for some other reason.
There are many sparks of sanctity in each person in [a] group. And when you collect all the sparks of sanctity into one place, as brothers, with love and friendship, you will certainly have a very high level of sanctity...
Being sociable and affable with people brings kindness and friendship.
There is no such thing as eternal friendship or eternal hostility-only eternal interests.
When people are friends, they have no need of justice, but when they are just, they need friendship in addition.
We too must remain faithful to the 'yes' we have given to the Lord's offer of friendship. We know that he will never abandon us. We know that he will always sustain us through the gifts of the Spirit. Mary accepted the Lord's' proposal' in our name. So let us turn to her and ask her to guide us as we struggle to remain faithful to the life-giving relationship God has established with each one of us.
The real community of man, in the midst of all the self-contradictory simulacra of community, is the community of those who seek the truth, of the potential knowers, that is, in principle, of all men to the extent they desire to know. But in fact this includes only a few, the true friends, as Plato was to Aristotle at the very moment they were disagreeing about the nature of the good. Their common concern for the good linked them; their disagreement about it proved they needed one another to understand it. They were absolutely one soul as they looked at the problem. This, according to Plato, is the only real friendship, the only real common good.
When I finally gathered, invented, stole, simplified, borrowed, and found a publisher for a clutch of reasonably foolproof recipes, I learned I had friends I hadn't known aboutmore proof that a mutual dislike can be quite as sound a basis for friendship as a mutual devotion.
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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.