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13 Faithful are the wounds of a friend.

Proverbs. XXVII. 6. 14

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Proverbs. XXVII. 17.



We have been friends together
In sunshine and in shade.


Mine own familiar friend.

Psalms. XLI. 9.

16 There is no treasure the which may be compared

unto a faithful friend; Gold soone decayeth, and worldly wealth con

sumeth, and wasteth in the winde; But love once planted in a perfect and pure

minde indureth weale and woe; The frownes of fortune, come they never so un

kinde, cannot the same overthrowe. Roxburghe Ballads. The Bride's Good-Morrow.

Ed. by JOHN PAYNE COLLIER. 17 Dear is my friend—yet from my foe, as from my

friend, comes good: My friend shows what I can do, and my foe what

I should. SCHILLER—Votive Tablets. Friend and Foe.

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Cætera fortunæ, non mea, turba fuit.

The rest of the crowd were friends of my fortune, not of me.

OVID-Tristium. I. 5. 34. Prosperity makes friends and adversity tries

them. Idea found in PLAUTUS-Stich. IV. 1. 16.

OVID-Ep. ex Ponto. II. 3. 23. OVID Trist. I. 9. 5. ENNIUS—Cic. Amicit. Ch. XVII. METASTASTIOOlimpiade. III. 3. HERDERDenksprüche. CALDERON-Secret in Words. Act III. Sc. 3. MENANDER -Ex Incest. Comoed. P. 272. ARISTOTLEEthics VIII. 4. EURIPIDESHecuba. L. 1226.

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For all are friends in heaven, all faithful friends;
And many friendships in the days of time
Begun, are lasting here, and growing still.

POLLOK—Course of Time. Bk. V. L. 336.
Friends given by God in mercy and in love;
My counsellors, my comforters, and guides;
My joy in grief, my second bliss in joy;
Companions of my young desires; in doubt
My oracles; my wings in high pursuit.
Oh! I remember, and will ne'er forget
Our meeting spots, our chosen sacred hours;
Our burning words, that utter'd all the soul,
Our faces beaming with unearthly love;-
Sorrow with sorrow sighing, hope with hope
Exulting, heart embracing heart entire.

POLLOKCourse of Time. Bk. V. L. 315.
Absent or dead, still let a friend be dear,
(A sigh the absent claims, the dead a tear.)

POPE--Epistle to Robert, Earl of Oxford. Trust not yourself; but your defects to know, Make use of ev'ry friend-and ev'ry foe.

POPE-Essay on Criticism. L. 214.

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As dear to me as are the ruddy drops
That visit my sad heart.
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 290.

(See also GRAY)



Ah, friend! to dazzle let the vain design;
To raise the thought and touch the heart be

POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. II. L. 248.

A friend should bear his friend's infirmities, But Brutus makes mine greater than they are.

Julius Cæsar. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 86.




A man that hath friends must show himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs. XVIII. 24.

To wail friends lost
Is not by much so wholesomeprofitable,
As to rejoice at friends but newly found.

Love's Labour's Lost. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 759.

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I would be friends with you and have your love.

Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 139. Two lovely berries moulded on one stem: So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart. Midsummer Night's Dream. Act III. Sc. 2.

L. 211.

A good man is the best friend, and therefore soonest to be chosen, longer to be retained; and indeed, never to be parted with, unless he cease to be that for which he was chosen. JEREMY TAYLOR-A Discourse of the Nature,

Measures, and Offices of Friendship.




Choose for your friend him that is wise and good, and secret and just, ingenious and honest, and in those things which have a latitude, use your own liberty. JEREMY TAYLOR—Discourse of the Nature,

Measures, and Offices of Friendship. When I choose my friend, I will not stay till I have received a kindness; but I will choose such a one that can do me many if I need them; but I mean such kindnesses which make me wiser, and which make me better. JEREMY TAYLOR-Discourse of the Nature,

Measures, and Offices of Friendship. Then came your new friend: you began to

change I saw it and grieved.

TENNYSON—Princess. IV. L. 279.






Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.
Attributed to SHAKESPEARE-Passionate Pil-

grim. In Notes and Queries, June, 1918. P.
174, it is suggested that the lines are by
BARNFIELD, being a piracy from JAGGARD's
publication, (1599) a volume containing lit-
tle of Shakespeare, the majority being pieces

others. 4 I am not of that feather to shake off My friend when he must need me. Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 100.

For by these Shall I try friends: you shall perceive how you Mistake fortunes; I am wealthy in my friends.

Timon of Athens. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 191. To hear him speak, and sweetly smile You were in Paradise the while. SIR PHILIP SIDNEY-Friend's Passion for his

Astrophel. Attributed also to SPENSER and

ROYDON, For to cast away a virtuous friend, I call as bad as to cast away one's own life, which one loves best. SOPHOCLES– Edipus Tyrannis. OXFORD trans.

Revised by BUCKLEY. For whoever knows how to return a kindness he has received must be a friend above all price. SOPHOCLES-Philoctetes. OXFORD trans. Re

vised by BUCKLEY. 'Tis something to be willing to commend; But my best praise is, that I am your friend. SOUTHERNE—T. MR. CONGREVE on the Old

Bachelor. Last lines. 10 It's an owercome sooth fo'


an' youth, And it brooks wi' nae denial, That the dearest friends are the auldest friends,

And the young are just on trial.
STEVENSON—Underwoods. It's an Owercome



Ego meorum solus sum meus.

Of my friends I am the only one I have left.

TERENCE-Phormio. IV. 1. 21.

Fidus Achates.

Faithful Achates (companion of Æneas).
VERGIIÆneid. VI. 158.

God save me from my friends, I can protect myself from my enemies. Attributed to MARSHAL DE VILLARS on taking

leave of Louis XIV.




A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man, that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of good-will are very far from being the surest marks of it. GEORGE WASHINGTON Social Maxims.

Friendship. Actions, not Words.
I have friends in Spirit Land,

Not shadows in a shadowy band,
Not others but themselves are they,
And still I think of them the same
As when the Master's summons came.

WHITTIER-Lucy Hooper.



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Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt,

WYCHERLEYThe Plain Dealer. Prologue. And friend received with thumps upon the back. YOUNG-Love of Fame. Satire I.

(See also COWPER) A friend is worth all hazards we can run.

YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night II. L. 571. A foe to God was ne'er true friend to man, Some sinister intent taints all he does.

YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VIII. L. 704.




Secrete amicos admone, lauda palam.

Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly. SYRUS-Marims.

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Friendship is Love without his wings!
BYRON-L'Amitié est l'Amour sans Ailes. St. 1.

(See also HARE) 10 In friendship I early was taught to believe; I have found hat a friend may profess, yet de

ceive. BYRON-Lines addressed to the Rev. J. T.

Becher. St. 7. 11 Oh, how you wrong our friendship, valiant youth.

With friends there is not such a word as debt: Where amity is ty'd with band of truth,

All benefits are there in common set. LADY CAREW—Marian. 12 Secundas res splendidiores facit amicitia, et adversas partiens communicansque leviores.

Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its griefs and anxieties. CICERODe Amicitia. VI.

I hate the prostitution of the name of friendship to signify modish and worldly alliances.

ÈMERSONEssays. Of Friendship.



The condition which high friendship demands is ability to do without it.

EMERSONEssays. Of Friendship.


There can never be deep peace between two spirits, never mutual respect, until, in their dialogue, each stands for the whole world.

EMERSONEssays. Of Friendship.

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Nulla fides regni sociis omnisque potestas
Impatiens consortis erit.

There is no friendship between those associated in power; he who rules will always be impatient of an associate. LUCAN-Pharsalia. I. 92.


My fair one, let us swear an eternal friendship. MOLIÈRE-Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Act IV.

Sc. 1. (See also FRERE)

Fast as the rolling seasons bring

The hour of fate to those we love, Each pearl that leaves the broken string

Is set in Friendship’s crown above. As narrower grows the earthly chain,

The circle widens in the sky; These are our treasures that remain,

But those are stars that beam on high. HOLMES—Songs of Many Seasons. Our Class

mate, F. W.C., 1864. A generous friendship no cold medium knows, Burns with one love, with one resentment glows; One should our interests and our passions be, My friend must hate the man that injures me. HOMER-Iliad. Bk. IX. L. 725. POPE's




Oh, call it by some better name,
For Friendship sounds too cold.

MOORE—Oh, call it by some better Name.



Forsooth, brethren, fellowship is heaven and lack of fellowship is hell; fellowship is life and lack of fellowship is death; and the deeds that ye do upon the earth, it is for fellowship's sake that ye do them. WILLIAM MORRISDream of John Ball. Ch.


If a man does not make new acquaintances, as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.

SAMUEL JOHNSONBoswell's Life. (1755)



Vulgus amicitias utilitate probat.

The vulgar herd estimate friendship by its advantages. OVID-Epistolæ Ex Ponto. II. 3. 8.

Friendship, peculiar boon of Heaven,

The noble mind's delight and pride, To men and angels only given, To all the lower world denied. SAMUEL JOHNSONFriendship. An Ode.



Scilicet ut fulvum spectatur in ignibus aurum
Tempore in duro est inspicienda fides.

As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship

must be seen in adversity. OVID-Tristium. I. 5. 25.

The endearing elegance of female friendship.


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Quod tuum'st meum'st; omne meum est autem Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To fuum.

love, and to be loved, is the greatest happiness What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine. of existence. PLAUTUS--Trinummus. II. 2. 47.

SYDNEY SMITH-Of Friendship. Lady Hol

land's Memoir.
What ill-starr'd rage
Divides a friendship long confirm'd by age? I thought you and he were hand-in-glove.
POPE-Dunciad. Bk. III. L. 173.

SWIFT– Polite Conversation. Dialogue II. 3

There is nothing that is meritorious but vir- Friendship is like rivers, and the strand of tue and friendship; and indeed friendship itself seas, and the air, common to all the world; but is only a part of virtue.

tyrants, and evil customs, wars, and want of Pope Johnson's Lives of the Poets; Life of love, have made them proper and peculiar. Pope.

JEREMY TAYLOR-A Discourse of the Nature,

Measures, and Offices of Friendship. Idem velle et idem nolle ea demum firma amicitia est.

Nature and religion are the bands of friendTo desire the same things and to reject the ship, excellence and usefulness are its great ensame things, constitutes true friendship. dearments. SALLUST-Catilina. XX. From Cataline's JEREMY TAYLOR-A Discourse of the Nature, Oration to his Associates.

Measures, and Offices of Friendship. 5

Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in Some friendships are made by nature, some their lives, and in their death they were not di- | by contract, some by interest, and some by souls. vided.

JEREMY TAYLOR-A Discourse of the Nature, II Samuel. I. 23.

Measures, and Offices of Friendship. 6

Amicitia semper prodest, amor etiam aliquan- O friendship, equal-poised control, do nocet.

O heart, with kindliest motion warm,
Friendship always benefits; love sometimes O sacred essence, other form,

O solemn ghost, О crowned soul!
SENECA-Epistolæ Ad Lucilium. XXXV. TENNYSON—In Memoriam. LXXXV.

Most friendship is feigning:

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and As You Like It. Song. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 181. must undergo and withstand the shocks of ad

versity, before it is entitled to the appellation. Out upon this half-fac'd fellowship!

GEORGE WASHINGTON Social Maxims. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 208.

Friendship. Call you that backing of your friends? A

Friendship’s the wine of life: but friendship new

* is neither strong nor pure. plague upon such backing! give me them that will face me.

YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night II. L. 582. Henry IV. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 165.

When did friendship take
A breed for barren metal of his friend?

The kindly fruits of the earth.
Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 134. Book of Common Prayer. Litany.

11 Friendship is constant in all other things,

Nothing great is produced suddenly, since not Save in the office and affairs of love:

even the grape or the fig is. If you say to me Therefore, all hearts in love use their own tongues; now that you want a fig, I will answer to you Let every eye negotiate for itself,

that it requires time: let it flower first, then put And trust no agent.

forth fruit, and then ripen. Much Ado About Nothing. Act II. Sc. 1. L. EPICTETUS - Discourses. What Philosophy 182.

Promises. Ch. XV. GEO. LONG's trans 12 Friendship's full of dregs.

Eve, with her basket, was Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 240. Deep in the bells and grass

Wading in bells and grass The amity that wisdom knits not, folly may eas- Up to her knees, ily untie.

Picking a dish of sweet Troilus and Cressida. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 110. Berries and plums to eat, 14

Down in the bells and grass Madam, I have been looking for a person who Under the trees. disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal RALPH HODGSON-Eve. friendship. SYDNEY SMITH-Lady Holland's Memoir. P. Ye shall know them by their fruits.

257. Let us swear an eternal friendship. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin. The Rovers.

thistles? (See also FRERE)

Matthew. VII. 16; 20.












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