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If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.

Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why? To find one good you must one hundred try.
We know our friends by their defects rather than their merits.
No young man starting in life could have better capital than plenty of friends. They will strengthen his credit, support him in every great effort, and make him what, unaided, he could never be. Friends of the right sort will help him more -- to be happy and successful -- than much money...
I'm treating you as a friend asking you to share my present minuses in the hope that I can ask you to share my future pluses
I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
Friendship will not stand the strain of very much good advice for very long.
I desire to so 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 of me.
Show me a friend in need and I'll show you a pest.
Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.
If you want to make a dangerous man your friend, let him do you a favor.
Be not the fourth friend of him who had three before and lost them.
Separate from the pleasure of your company, I don't much care if I never see another mountain in my life.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care to acquire.
In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.
Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.
The first day one is a guest, the second a burden, and the third a pest.
Love Him, and keep Him for thy Friend, who, when all go away, will not forsake thee, nor suffer thee to perish at the last.
In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue. If we have enough friends, we may go on for years, intending to leave, talking about leaving --instead of actually getting up and leaving.
Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
The endearing elegance of female friendship.
Never, my dear Sir, do you take it into your head that I do not love you; you may settle yourself in full confidence both of my love and my esteem; I love you as a kind man, I value you as a worthy man, and hope in time to reverence you as a man of exemplary piety.
I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance.
If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone; one should keep his friendships in constant repair.
Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?
To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends.
If you have no enemies you are apt to be in the same predicament in regard to friends.
It may be a cold, clammy thing to say, but those that treat friendship the same as any other selfishness seem to get the most out of it.
When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.
Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.
A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.
There are persons who cannot make friends. Who are they? Those who cannot be friends. It is not the want of understanding or good nature, of entertaining or useful qualities, that you complain of: on the contrary, they have probably many points of attraction; but they have one that neutralizes all these --they care nothing about you, and are neither the better nor worse for what you think of them. They manifest no joy at your approach; and when you leave them, it is with a feeling that they can do just as well without you. This is not sullenness, nor indifference, nor absence of mind; but they are intent solely on their own thoughts, and you are merely one of the subjects they exercise them upon. They live in society as in a solitude.
There are few things in which we deceive ourselves more than in the esteem we profess to entertain for our friends. It is little better than a piece of quackery. The truth is, we think of them as we please --that is, as they please or displease us.
The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out.
Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.
I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.
Friends are the sunshine of life.
Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.

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