Betray a friend, and you’ll often find you have ruined yourself.
One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.
Every man, however wise, needs the advice of some sagacious friend in the affairs of life.
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having
many acquaintances, but no friends.
A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
Friend, lay hold with a desperate grasp, ere it is too late, on Freedom, on Tranquility, on Greatness of soul!
If now a friend denies not what was given him in trust, If he restores an ancient purse with all its coins and rust, This prodigy of honesty deserves to be enrolled In Tuscan books, and with a sacrificial lamb extolled.
No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.
Such [communistic] legislation may have a specious appearance of benevolence; men readily listen to it, and are easily induced to believe that in some wonderful manner everybody will become everybody’s friend, especially when some one is heard denouncing the evils now existing in states, suits about contracts, convictions for perjury, flatteries of rich men and the like, which are said to arise out of the possession of private property. These evils, however, are due to a very different cause – the wickedness of human nature. Indeed, we see that there is much more quarrelling among those who have all things in common, though there are not many of them when compared with the vast numbers who have private property.
To study and constantly, is this not a pleasure? To have friends come from far away places, is this not a joy? If people do not recognize your worth, but this does not worry you, are you not a true gentleman?
You win the victory when you yield to friends.