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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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

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

— Alexander Pope

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

— 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

All intimacy is rare — that’s what makes it precious. And it involves the revelation of one’s self and the loving gaze upon another’s true self (no makeup, no fancy car, no defensive charm, no seduction) — that’s what makes it so damn hard. Intimacy requires honesty and kindness in almost equal measure (a little more kindness, I think), trust and trustworthiness, forgiveness and the capacity to be forgiven . . . It’s more than worth it — just don’t let them tell you it’s bliss.

— Amy Bloom

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.

— Anaïs Nin

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.

— Anaïs Nin

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.

— Ann Landers

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

I am a good friend to my husband. I have tried to make my marriage vows mean what they say. I show up. I listen. I try to laugh.

— Anna Quindlen

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

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

— Annie Dillard

Turning your nose up at a genuine and sincere gesture of hospitality is no way to travel or to make friends around the world.

— Anthony Bourdain

A friend to all is a friend to none.

— Aristotle

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

— Aristotle

Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to.

— Arnold H. Glasow

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

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

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
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