„I consider myself to be a true friend of the Israeli people. But I define friendship as someone who takes care of a friend, who just doesn't use or exploit a friend. And, you know, there's that old adage: 'Friends don't let friends drive drunk.“
„On the whole, I don't have any friends. Friends come and go; I've lost my trust factor. I believe I have people who think they're my friend. And I believe that there are people probably in their heart who are friends toward me or are friends to me. But they're not my friends, because what I learned is that fear is stronger than love.“
— Tupac Shakur rapper and actor 1971 - 1996
1990s, Vibe magazine interview (June 1996)
„HAST thou a Friend, as heart may wish at will?
Then use him so, to have his friendship still.
Would'st have a Friend, would'st know what friend is best?
Have God thy friend who passeth all the rest.“
— Thomas Tusser English poet 1524 - 1580
Posies for a Parlour, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren't bad people; they're just acquaintances.“
— Jay Leno American comedian, actor, writer, producer, voice actor and television host 1950
„No good friends, no bad friends; only people you want, need to be with. People who build their houses in your heart.“
— Stephen King, kniha To
It (1986), Context: Maybe, he thought, there aren't any such things as good friends or bad friends — maybe there are just friends, people who stand by you when you're hurt and who help you feel not so lonely. Maybe they're always worth being scared for, and hoping for, and living for. Maybe worth dying for, too, if that's what has to be. No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart. Ch. 16 : Eddie's Bad Break, §8
„It’s good to see your friends happy, isn’t it? (Nick)
How would I know? I have no friends. People basically suck and all friends will screw you over in the end. Take my word for it. (Savitar)
Then why am I here? (Nick)
Hell if I know. (Savitar)“
— Sherrilyn Kenyon, Unleash the Night
— Chaim Potok American rabbi 1929 - 2002
„If our friends do us a service, we think they owe it to us by their title of friend. We never think that they do not owe us their friendship.“
— Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues French writer, a moralist 1715 - 1747
Reflections and Maxims (1746), p. 175.
„People who live in society have learned how to see themselves in mirrors as they appear to their friends. I have no friends. Is that why my flesh is so naked?“
— Jean Paul Sartre, kniha Nausea
Nausea (1938), Diary entry of Friday (2 February)
— Stephen King, kniha Hearts in Atlantis
„I don’t really have drunk friends. My friends are kind of adult; they have a drink. But they hold their liquor. I think it’s incredibly embarrassing when people are drunk. It just looks so ridiculous. I find it very degrading.“
— Gwyneth Paltrow American actress, singer, and food writer 1972
„The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?“
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
— Zooey Deschanel American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter 1980
Context: I think a lot of what motivates me songwriting-wise is — this might sound silly — but, when I listen to a song that I love, it kind of makes me feel better. I think that’s the impetus behind everything I write; I want to make people feel better, whether it’s myself, or a friend, or whoever. I don’t know how to say this without sounding corny or banal, but I know a lot of people who are very hard on themselves. So this is sort of a cheerleading lullaby. On her song "Me and You" on Volume Two (2010), in an interview with Evan Schlansky in " On Record : Zooey Deschanel of She & Him http://www.americansongwriter.com/2010/03/on-record-zooey-deschanel-of-she-him/" at American Songwriter (18 March 2010).
— Shirley MacLaine American actress 1934
Don't Fall Off the Mountain http://books.google.com/books?id=f6yc35pUhEwC&q=%22The+more+I+traveled+the+more+I+realized+that+fear+makes+strangers+of+people+who+should+be+friends%22&pg=PA160#v=onepage (1970)