Thursday, May 18, 2006

A Friend In Need Is A ???

"[Sh]e was a true friend, [s]he stabbed me in the front."--Euripides (with apologies for the change in gender)

A German woman left her friend as a deposit at a gas station because she did not have enough cash to pay for her petrol, police said Wednesday. (The driver didn't return, natch.)

Ah, friendship! Here are just a few of my favorite wise quotes about friends:

"The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship."--William Blake

"For how many things, which for our own sake we should never do, do we perform for the sake of our friends."--Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking."--George Eliot

"He who has a thousand friends Has not a friend to spare, While he who has one enemy Shall meet him everywhere."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Better to be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"As one's gifts increase, his friends decrease."--Kahlil Gibran

"Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do."--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it...To myself, personally, it brings nothing but increasing drudgery and daily loss of friends."--Thomas Jefferson

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."--Martin Luther King

"We cannot always assure the future of our friends; we have a better chance of assuring our future if we remember who our friends are."--Henry Kissinger

"Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected."--Charles Lamb

"The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend."--Abraham Lincoln

"Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy. On the contrary, in friendship union is more about ideal things: and in that sense it is more ideal and less subject to trouble than marriage is."--George Santayana

"The language of friendship is not words, but meanings. It is an intelligence about language."--Henry David Thoreau

"A friend is someone who stays in when the rest of the world has gone out."--Mark Twain

"The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right."--Mark Twain

"We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend."--Robert Louis Stevenson

"A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself."--Unknown

"Do not use a hatchet to remove a fly from your friend's forehead."--Chinese Proverb