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Friendship is the art and craft of making and keeping friends, of nurturing a mutual relationship with another human being. Friends are comrades in the journey of life, providing support, understanding, and fellowship. Below you’ll read what some have thought about the pleasures and challenges of being a friend.

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A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.

— Jim Morrison

You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

— A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”

— A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.

— A. A. Milne, Christopher Robin to Winnie-the-Pooh, Pooh’s Grand Adventure

I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside me.

— Abraham Lincoln

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?

— Abraham Lincoln

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.

— Abraham Lincoln

Don’t believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.

— Albert Camus

However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.

— Albert Einstein

Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.

— Alexander Pope

Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend.

— Alexander Pope

If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends — you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue.

— Alice Miller

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

— Alice Walker

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

— Alice Walker

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back: a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.

— Anais Nin

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

— Anais Nin

I’ve always said that in politics, your enemies can’t hurt you, but your friends will kill you.

— Ann Richards

The friendship between a man and a woman which does not lead to marriage or desire for marriage may be a life long experience of the greatest value to themselves and to all their circle of acquaintance and of activity; but for this type of friendship both a rare man and a rare woman are needed. Perhaps it should be added that either the man or the woman thus deeply bound in lifelong friendship who seeks marriage must find a still rarer man or woman to wed, to make such a three cornered comradeship a permanent success.

— Anna Garlin Spencer

If one is estranged from oneself, then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

— Aristotle

We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy.

— Arthur Ashe

Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.

— Arthur Bloch

Please remember, especially in these times of group-think and the right-on chorus, that no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended.

— Audre Lorde

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.

— Audre Lorde

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

— Baltasar Gracian

True friendship consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and value.

— Ben Jonson

A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation.

— Bertrand Russell

You can make it, but it’s easier if you don’t have to do it alone.

— Betty Ford

A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure.

— Bible, Ecclesiasticus 6:14

This is my beloved and this is my friend.

— Bible, Song of Solomon
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