“Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.” -Eustace Budgell (1711)
“Friends are the bacon bits in the salad bowl of life.” -Author Unknown
From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There’s nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.
by Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953): “Verses” (1910), ‘Dedicatory Ode,’ stanza 22
“Discover someone to help shoulder your misfortunes. Then you will never be alone . . . neither fate, nor the crowd, so readily attacks two.” -Baltasar Gracián (1601 - 1658)
Les be friends!
“Friends who take the time to care, are really angels unaware.” -Author Unknown
“We shall never have friends, if we expect to find them without fault.” -Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734): “Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs” (1732), number 5456
“A real friend is one who overlooks your broken down gate, and admires the flowers in your garden!” -Author Unknown
“Many a friendship - long, loyal, and self-sacrificing - rested at first upon no thicker a foundation than a kind word.” -Frederick W. Faber (Frederick William Faber (1814 - 1863))
“You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.” -Author Unknown: Colonial American proverb
“This communicating of a man’s self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.” -Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
“A friend in need is a friend indeed.” -Quintus Ennius (239 B.C.E. - 169 B.C.E.)
“What is a friend? I will tell you . . . it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.” -Frank Crane (1861 - 1928)
“Life is to be fortified by many friendships.” -Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)
“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” -Walter Winchell (1897 - 1972)
“I had only one friend, my dog. My wife was mad at me, and I told her a man ought to have at least two friends. She agreed - and bought me another dog.” -Pepper Rodgers (Franklin Cullen ‘Pepper’ Rodgers (born 1931))
“. . . I never yet met a man that I didn’t like.” -Will Rogers (William Penn Adair ‘Will’ Rogers (1879 - 1935)), as quoted in the “Saturday Evening Post” (6 November 1926)
Suppose someone came to you and said, “I do not go out because I have no friends, and I have no friends because I do not go out.” What would you say to the person?
“Friendships multiply joys, and divide griefs.” -Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734): “Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs” (1732), number 1622
“A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” -Bernard Meltzer (Bernard C. Meltzer (1916 - 1998))
“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.” -Zig Ziglar (Hilary Hinton ‘Zig’ Ziglar (1929 - 2012))
Friendship Day was promoted by the Hallmark Greeting Card Company beginning in 1919. It was made official by the Congress of the United States of America in 1935, to be observed on the first Sunday in August of each year, as National Friendship Day. In 2011, the United Nations declared an International Friendship Day, to be celebrated on 30 July of each year. The date on which the holiday is observed varies around the world, but in many places, the first Sunday in August is still the chosen day. Among the ways of celebrating are making and handing out friendship wristbands or bracelets, sending greeting cards or email messages, or having a gathering of friends. Happy Friendship Day to you and all your friends from Make Fun Of Life!
“He liked to like people, therefore people liked him.” -Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910))
“Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
Friends come, friends go; the loves
men know are ever fleeting;
In song and smile a little while
we read their kindly greeting;
With warmth and cheer they linger near,
the friends we fondly treasure;
Then on a day they drift away,
a loss no words can measure.
This much we know: friends come, friends go,
as April’s gladness passes.
As sun and shade, in swift parade,
paint changes on meadow grasses.
And though we grieve to see them leave,
in thought we still enfold them;
In Memory’s Net we keep them yet,
and thus can ever hold them.
They come, they go - these Loves we know.
Life’s Tides are ever moving;
But year on year, they still seem near -
so great the power of loving.
by Aline Michaelis (Aline Triplette Michaelis (1883 - 1958)): “The Rhyming Optimist” newspaper column
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” -Linda Grayson
“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the nicest things you can be.” -Douglas Pagels (born 1950)
“I didn’t always have friends, so I am careful to take care of them.” -Loretta Claiborne (born 1953), Special Olympics athlete and professional speaker, website https://www.lorettaclaiborne.com
“Friendship is the golden thread that ties the hearts of all the world.” -John Evelyn (1620 - 1706)
“Everyone needs someone with whom to share their secrets.” -Author Unknown
“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.” -Ed Cunningham (born 1969)
“Develop the art of friendliness. One can experience a variety of emotions staying home and reading or watching television; one will be alive but hardly living. Most of the meaningful aspects of life are closely associated with people. Even the dictionary definition of life involves people.” -William L. Abbott
“The essence of true friendship is to make allowances for another’s little lapses.” -David Storey (David Malcolm Storey (1933 - 2017))
“Nobody has ever come up with a good substitute for friendship.” -Author Unknown
“Do not let your desire to win an argument ruin a friendship.” -Author Unknown
By mutual confidence and mutual aid
Great deeds are done, and great discoveries made.
“Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.” -Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854 - 1921)
“Good friends are good for your health.” -Irwin Sarason (Irwin G. Sarason (born 1929))
“There is no need like the lack of a friend.” -Author Unknown: Irish proverb
“Friendship doesn’t exist to criticize but to inspire confidence.” -Jean-Paul Sartre (Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (1905 - 1980))
“Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.” -C. C. Colton (Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832))
What are the qualities that make a good friend?
“True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.” -Dave Tyson Gentry (David ‘Dave’ Tyson Gentry (born 1951))
“Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.” -Author Unknown
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe unto him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.” -Author Unknown: “The Bible,” ‘Ecclesiastes,’ chapter 4, verses 9 and 10
“It takes a long time to grow an old friend.” -Author Unknown
“Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.” -Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915): “The Note Book of Elbert Hubbard: Mottoes, Epigrams, Short Essays, Passages, Orphic Sayings, and Preachments” (1927), page 112
“Friends are like melons. Shall I tell you why? To find one good, you must a hundred try.” -Claude Mermet (1550 - 1620)
Overheard: If friends were flowers, I would pick you.
“Two people cannot remain friends for long if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.” -Jean de La Bruyère (1645 - 1696)
“Old friends are best - they know everything about you - but they cannot remember it.” -Author Unknown
“Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.” -Author Unknown
“It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.” -Colette (Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873 - 1954))
“Hopes are planted in friendship’s garden, where dreams blossom into priceless treasures.” -Author Unknown
“If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.” -Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784): remark (1755) to Joshua Reynolds, as quoted in James Boswell: “The Life of Samuel Johnson” (1791)
“Of all the means to ensure happiness throughout the whole of life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.” -Epicurus (341 B.C.E. - 270 B.C.E.)
“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” -Woodrow Wilson (Thomas Woodrow ‘Woodrow’ Wilson (1856 - 1924))
“Friendship is a sheltering tree.” -Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834)
“The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.” -Maya Angelou (Marguerite Ann Johnson (1928 - 2014))
“Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.” -Cindy Lew
Riddle: How is it possible for you to sit behind your friend and for your friend to sit behind you at the same time?
Solution: Sit back-to-back.
“Every good friend once was a stranger.” -Author Unknown
“It takes a lot of time, understanding, and trust to gain a close friendship with someone. My friends are my most precious asset.” -Erynn Miller
“Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.” -Author Unknown: Czech proverb
“Friendship: A ship full of friends.” -Author Unknown
Among life’s precious jewels,
Genuine and rare,
The one that we call friendship
Has worth beyond compare.
“Real friends are those who, when you feel you’ve made a fool of yourself, don’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.” -Erwin T. Randall
“Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.” -Augustine Birrell (1850 - 1933)
“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.” -E. W. Howe (Edgar Watson ‘Ed’ Howe (1853 - 1937))
“A faithful friend is a source of strength; whoever finds one has found a treasure.” -Author Unknown: “Sirach,” chapter 6, verse 14
“Yes’m, old friends is always best, ’less you can catch a new one that’s fit to make an old one out of.” -Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 - 1909): “The Country of Pointed Firs and Other Fiction” (1896)
“Mutual confidence is the pillar of friendship.” -Author Unknown
“A friend is a gift you give yourself.” -Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 -1894)
“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” -Elisabeth Foley
“A true friend is the greatest of all blessings and the one which we take the least thought to acquire.” -François de La Rochefoucauld (also known as François Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680))
I have a friend
Whose name is __________________ .
And we have fun together.
We laugh and play
And sing all day
In any kind of weather.
by Author Unknown
“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.” -Charles R. Swindoll (Charles Rozell ‘Chuck’ Swindoll (born 1934))
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