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Classic Friendship Quotes

Famous Classic Friendship Quotes

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What is life without a little friendship? After the tremendous reader response to the collections of friendship quotes on the Quotations site at About.com, I am encouraged to present one more collection of friendship quotes.

  • Alexander Pope
    Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspir'd.

  • Robert Browning
    Over my head his arm he flung, Against the world.

  • Walt Whitman
    I will write the evangel-poem of comrades and of love.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature.

  • Benjamin Franklin
    You and I were long friends: you are now my enemy, and I am yours.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    The condition which high friendship demands is ability to do without it.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.

  • Alexander Pope
    Praise from a friend, or censure from a foe, Are lost on hearers that our merits know.

  • Alexander Pope
    Cursed be the verse, how well so e'er it flow, That tends to make one worthy man my foe.

  • Alexander Pope
    A generous friendship no cold medium knows, Burns with one love, with one resentment glows.

  • Francis Bacon
    Cosmus, Duke of Florence, was wont to say of perfidious friends, that "We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends."
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