“Friendship is so weird. You just pick a human you’ve met and you’re like, ‘Yep, I like this one,’ and you just do stuff with them.” -Bill Murray (William James ‘Bill’ Murray (born 1950))
“You can make more friends in a month by being interested in them than in ten years by trying to get them interested in you.” -Charles A. Allen
“If you want to make friends, go out of your way to do things for other people - things that require time, energy, unselfishness, and thoughtfulness.” -Lawrence G. Lovasik (Lawrence George Lovasik (1913 - 1986))
“If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they’re great.” Author Unknown
“Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.” -Francesco Guicciardini (1483 - 1540): “Ricordi”
“It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.” -Colette (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873 - 1954)): “The Pure and the Impure” (1933), chapter 9
“To let friendship die away by negligence and silence, is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of this weary pilgrimage.” -Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
“A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.” -Pam Brown (born 1928)
“Caring for but never trying to own may be a further way to define friendship.” -William Glasser (1925 - 2013)
“No matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.” -Author Unknown
“The first general rule for friendship is to be a friend, to be open, natural, interested; the second rule is to take time for friendship. Friendship, after all, is what life is finally about. Everything material and professional exists in the end for persons.” -Nels F. Ferré (Nels Fredrick Solomon Ferré (1908 - 1971))
“Friendship is to be purchased only by friendship.” -Thomas Wilson
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years of trying to get other people interested in you.” -Dale Carnegie (Dale Harbison Carnegie (born Dale Breckenridge Carnagey (1888 - 1955)))
“Be friendly and you will never want for friends.” -Author Unknown
“How can you be a good friend to your friends? Just ask yourself daily what you would like to have in a good friend, and then do and become those things yourself.” -David Hugh Beaumont (born 1966)
“Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.” -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))
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?
“For the friendship of two, the patience of one is required.” -Author Unknown: proverb
“The best rule of friendship is to keep your heart a little softer than your head.” -George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
“Those who seek faultless friends will remain friendless.” -Author Unknown
“The time to make friends is before you need them.” -Author Unknown
“Two people cannot remain friends for long if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.” -Jean de La Bruyère (1645 - 1696)
“Sow the seeds of kindness, and reap a bounty of friends.” -Author Unknown
“In order to have friends, you must first be one.” -Elbert Hubbard (Elbert Green Hubbard (1856 - 1915))
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882): “Essays,” First Series (1841), ‘Friendship’
“Don’t flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Junior (1841 - 1935)
“The question was once put to him, how we ought to behave to our friends; and the answer he gave was, ‘As we should wish our friends to behave to us.’” -Diogenes Laërtius: “The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers” (about C.E. 200), Book 5: the Peripatetics, Aristotle, 9
“Probably no man ever had a friend that he did not dislike a little.” -E. W. Howe (Edgar Watson ‘Ed’ Howe (1854 - 1937))
“Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how.” -Author Unknown
Are You Having Difficulty Making and Keeping Friends?
- Do you know ten facts about your friend?
- Are you too opinionated?
- Do you always turn down offers to go to places and do things?
- Do you dwell on one subject obsessively?
- Do you overuse the pronouns ‘I’ and ‘me’?
- Do you insist that everyone must agree with you?
- Do you hog the conversation?
- Do you know ten things your friend likes?
- Do you invite people to go to places and do things?
- Are you hyper-critical?
- Are you a know-it-all?
- What else could make making and keeping friends difficult?
“If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.” -Charlotte Brontë (1816 - 1855)
“To find a friend one must close one eye. To keep him - two.” -Norman Douglas (1868 - 1952): “Almanac” (1941)
“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))
“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
“Do not let your desire to win an argument ruin a friendship.” -Author Unknown
“If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.” -Dale Carnegie (Dale Harbison Carnegie (born Dale Breckenridge Carnagey (1888 - 1955)))
“Friends are like melons. Shall I tell you why? To find one good, you must a hundred try.” -Claude Mermet (1550 - 1620)
“The essence of true friendship is to make allowances for another’s little lapses.” -David Storey (David Malcolm Storey (1933 - 2017))
“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))
“Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
This is MFOL! . . . now go out and make some friends . . .