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Quotes and Proverbs on Friendship.

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.

A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.

Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.

The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.

A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.

The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.

If 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.

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

A friend is the only person you will let into the house when you are Turning Out Drawers.

A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.

You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.

Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.

There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship.

A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.

It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.

A real friend is someone who would feel loss if you jumped on a train, or in front of one.

Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.

True friends stab you in the front.

Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need most.

We are keenly aware of the faults of our friends, but if they like us enough it doesn’t matter.

The best time to make friends is before you need them.

A friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself.

The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away.

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.

Friends are relatives you make for yourself.

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.

The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another’s little lapses.


Why resist temptation-there will always be more.

If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.

Man’s best possession is a sympathetic wife.

If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.

It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.

One of the commonest ailments of the present day is premature formation of opinion.

A casual stroll through a lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

Which is it – is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s blunders?

Common people do not pray; they only beg.

Lack of money is the root of all evil.

Science is always wrong: it never solves a problem without creating ten more.

There is not much harm in a lion; he has no ideals, no religion, no politics no chivalry, no gentility.

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity.

What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we do our eyes.

I have three chairs in my house: one for solitude, two for friendship, three for company.

Money is the fruit of evil as often as the root of it.

It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.

Intuition is reason in a hurry.


There are no friends at cards or world politics.

It is easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.

God may forgive you your sins, but your nervous system won’t.

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns, I am thankful that thorns have roses.

It was as helpful as throwing a drowning man both ends of a rope.

Forgive me now – tomorrow I may no longer feel guilty.

Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you.

Every man has a right to be conceited (self-satisfied) until he is successful.

Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.

He that falls in love with himself will have not rivals.

He that teaches himself hath a fool for a master.

What’s all our knowledge worth? We don’t even know what the weather will be tomorrow.

He is an adventurer who traces leaky plumbing to its source.

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.

We have two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.

A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are cheated first.

No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut.

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.

Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river.


It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

There is no strong performance without a little fanaticism in the performer.

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.

If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.

If you are bitter at heart, sugar in the mouth will not help you.

Don’t be irreplaceable; if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.

The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: IT GOES ON.

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

Practice is the best of all instructors.

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!

To do two things at once is to do neither.

Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.

You can only be young once, but you can be immature forever.

It’s better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.


When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.

If you love life, life will love you back. (Similarly for wife).

We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk, and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up.

Every terrorist was once a baby, and so was every saint. The world hangs precariously (unsafe) in the choices made by mothers.

An excess of courtesy is discourtesy.

All my life I said I wanted to be someone… I can now see I should have been more specific.

Every silver lining has a cloud around it.

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.

The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.

Life is unsure… always eat your dessert first.

Don’t judge me based on your ignorance.

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else and for everything you gain, you lose something else. It’s about your outlook towards life. You can either regret or rejoice.

Progress is not made by early risers or hard workers, but by lazy people because they are trying to find easier ways to do the same thing.

Most failures come, not from not knowing, but from not trying.

Who you are speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you are saying.

Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you always know they are there.

Though I’m not naturally honest, I’m so sometimes by chance.

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that is troublesome.


Life is tough, and if you have the ability to laugh at it you have the ability to enjoy it.

Nothing changes your opinion of a friend so surely as success – yours or his.

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

It is friends you can call up at four in the morning that matter.

People always call it luck when you have acted more sensibly than they have.

They are never alone that are accompanied by noble thoughts.

I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.

The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.

Seven days without laughter makes a weak.

Never apologize for showing feelings. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Love the moment. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.

Go to heaven for the climate, hell for the company.

Can anyone remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce?

The number of people watching you is directly proportional to the stupidity of your action.

The public has an insatiable curiosity to know everything except what is worth knowing.

If God puts you to it, he sees you through it.

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.

In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person.

Whoever said, Money can’t buy happiness, didn’t know where to shop.

I don’t believe in God. I know God.

God is not a government servant who can be bribed by praying to him.

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.

Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.

All wisdom can be stated in two lines: What is done for you – allow it to be done. What you must do yourself – make sure you do it.

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

I looked for God and found only myself. I looked for myself and found only God.

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.

The man who makes no mistakes dies not usually make anything.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.

If you treat a sick child as an adult and a sick adult as a child, it usually works out pretty well.

Opportunist: One who starts taking bath if he accidentally falls into a river.

Sometimes eyes also get jealous of heart.
Because sometimes sweet persons remain close to heart but far away from eyes.

1 tree makes 1 lakh match sticks but 1 match stick can burn 1 lakh trees.
Similarly 1 negative thought can burn all positive thoughts.

It is not because thinks are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

For an author: You do the research so that your readers don’t have to.

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.

First get your facts; then you can distort them at your leisure.

Life is like a bicycle. You need to move forward to maintain balance.

I am nobody. Nobody is perfect. So I am perfect.

Practice makes a man perfect. Nobody is perfect. So why practice?

Never welcome something you cannot entertain.

Never open your doors if you mean to close your heart.

Never accept love if you can’t give yourself in return.


Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

To find a fault is easy, to do better may be difficult.

A happy life consists of tranquility of mind.

I have not failed. I have just found out 10,000 ways that won’t work.

A witty saying proves nothing.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Reason can, in general, do more than blind force.

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.

It is impossible to be a hero in anything unless one is first a hero in faith.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

Just because you are smart does not mean that the other guy is stupid.

Politics” ‘Poll’ a Latin word meaning ‘many’; and ‘tics’ meaning ‘blood-sucking creatures’.

While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.

All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.

A person reveals his character by nothing so cleverly as the joke he resents (hates).

When God solves your problems you have faith in his abilities. But when he doesn’t solve your problems, remember he has faith in your abilities.

When God takes something away from you, he is not punishing you. But merely emptying your hands for you to receive something better.

To achieve something which we never had before, we need to do something better which we have never done before.

Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.

You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.

God, despite his casual silence, still exists. Of that I haven’t a single doubt.

I consider myself a student of many religions. The more I learn, the more questions I have.

I am not bothered by the fact that I am unknown. I am bothered when I do not know others.

Your closed mouth gathers no foot.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

We always admire the other person more after we’ve tried to do his job.

If you can’t do as you wish, do as you can.

The greatest potential for controlling the ends is to exist at the point where action takes place.

There are people who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happened.

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is not happiness without action.

To respond is positive; to react is negative.

Religion is for people who are afraid to go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there.

If I am having 8 hours to chop down a tree, I will spend 6 hours to sharpen the axe.

Always be the reason of someone’s happiness, never just a part of it. Be a part of someone’s sadness, never the reason for it.

If you salute your duty, you need not salute anybody. But if you pollute your duty, you have to salute everybody.

If friendship is our weakest point, then you are the strongest person in the world.

If you don’t like your image, don’t curse the mirror, change yourself.

To love and win is the best thing.
To love and lose, the next best.

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.
Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Son, always tell the truth. Then you will never have to remember what you said the last time.

An eye for an eye and the whole world will go blind.

Bombs do not choose. They will hit everything.

Believe nothing, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.

Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.


The young man who has not wept is a savage (vicious, ferocious, cruel), and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.

It’s beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

What we love to do, we find time to do.

There is no greatness where there is no simplicity.

To love and win is the best thing.
To love and lose is the next best.

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.

The best feelings are those that have no words to describe them.

Son, always tell the truth. Then you will never have to remember what you said the last time.

If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.

If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can’t buy.

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.

Doing nothing is very hard to do… you never know when you’re finished.

Impossible itself says that I M Possible.

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.

He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes, but he who never asks a question remains a fool forever.

Our talents are the gift that God gives to us. What we make of our talents is our gift back to God.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

No one ever does live happily ever after, but we leave the children to find that out for themselves.

The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.

It is not what a teenager knows that bothers his parents, it is how he found out.

The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.

Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness.

Don’t look down on someone unless you’re helping him up.

Experience is the hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.

In order for something to become clean, something else must become dirty: but you can get everything dirty without getting anything clean.

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.

Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.

Nobody has so many friends that he can afford to lose one.

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.

The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.

No man is ever old enough to know better.

When I hear somebody sign, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’

Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of others’ joy.

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Accomplishment of purpose is better than making a profit.

Truth of money: I met money one day and said you are just a piece of paper. Money smiled and said ‘Course I’m just a paper but I haven’t seen a dustbin in my life yet!’

You have to learn from others mistakes also because you’ll not get time to do all the mistakes.

If you fall, don’t see the place where you fell, but see the place where you slipped. Success is all about correcting mistakes.

Two ways to be happy forever:
(1) Never give the help of tears to your emotions. (2) Never give the help of your tongue to your anger.

When you are in trouble don’t say ‘Hey God! I have a big problem.’ But say ‘Hey problem, I have a big God!’ and every thing will be fine.

Delay is the enemy of efficiency, Waiting is the enemy of utilization. So don’t delay anything and don’t wait for anything.


The difficult I can do today. The impossible will take a little longer.

There are some times when silence has loudest voice.

A Pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.

Maybe you should bite the hand that feeds you, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.

Never stand begging for what you have the power to earn.

In real love, you want the other person’s good.
In romantic love, you want the other person.

If you love life, life will love you back.

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.

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

Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called ‘Ego’.

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

Love at first sight is easy to understand; it is when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.

Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

In any contest between power and patience, bet on patience.

The greatest pleasure in life is to do what people say you cannot do.

You always pass failure on the way to success.

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.

Habit is either the best of servants, or the worst of masters.

I am a fellow citizen of all men who think ‘Truth is my country’.

Two things we ought to learn from history:
One, that we are not in ourselves superior to our fathers; another, that we are shamefully inferior to them, if we do not advance beyond them.

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.

There is no such test of a man’s superiority of character as in the well-conducting of an unavoidable quarrel.

The desire of one man to live on the fruits of another’s labor is the original sin of the world.

A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.

After a time, you may find that “having” is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as “wanting”. It is not logical, but it is often true.

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

If you can survive 11 days in cramped quarters with a friend and come out laughing, your friendship is the real deal.

Better do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.

Relationships break down due to lack of communication, turning soulmates into roommates and then, no mates.

The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.

We many not return the affection of those who like us, but we always respect their good judgment.

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

Men who do things without being told draw the most wages.

I was always happy,
When I was watching you become a star,
But you were only happy,
When the world was opening up my scars.

The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we dislike.

Never replicate a successful experiment.

Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.

Money is like a sixth sense – and you can’t make use of the other five without it.

Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won before you have started.

A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work.

Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable.


Sometimes majority only means that all fools are on the same side.

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.

A man who finds no satisfaction in himself seeks for it in vain elsewhere.

We make our own fortunes and call them fate.

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.

Debugging can only point to the presence of errors but not to their absence.

Only a dead fish swims with stream of water.

When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

Nice thing about egotists is that they don’t talk about other people.

While science gets us physical comforts, spirituality brings us mental calm.

God loved the birds and invented trees.
Man loved the birds and invented cages.

It’s a beggar’s pride that he is not a thief.

Fear not for the future, Weep not for the past.

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life doing nothing.

What we love to do, we find time to do.

Never say never again.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.

The public do not know enough to be experts, yet know enough to decide between them.

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

A married woman’s as old as her husband makes her feel.

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons, but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.

‘Be yourself!’ is about the worst advice you can give to some people.

When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.

The fate of a nation has often depended upon the good or bad digestion of a prime minister.

The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.

Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.

We are not satisfied to be right, unless we can prove others to be quite wrong.

Vanity (Pride) keeps persons in favor with themselves who are out of favor with all others.

It is good to die before one has done anything deserving death.

When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.

Men understand the worth of blessings only when they have lost them.

The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.

When I think over what I have said, I envy the dumb people.

Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.

He who is not impatient is not in love.

Genius is eternal patience.

I have striven not to laugh at human actions, nor to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.

It is pure illusion to think that an opinion which passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false.

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is the hardest.

In this world, you must be a bit too kind in order to be kind enough.

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Work as if you were to live a hundred years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

Be a philosopher; but amidst all your philosophies, be still a man.

Only the brave know how to forgive.