Friendship Quotations


I would that I were worthy to be any man’s Friend.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

Treat your friends for what you know them to be — regard no surfaces. Consider not what they did, but what they intended.

Journal, 31 December 1851

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. It is an intelligence above language.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.

Journal, 19 February 1857

If I had never thought of you as a friend, I could make much use of you as an acquaintance.

Journal, 31 January 1852

All that can be said of friendship is like botany to flowers.

Journal, 1842-44

I love my friends very much, but I find that it is of no use to go to see them. I hate them commonly when I am near them. They belie themselves and deny me continually.

Journal, 16 November 1851

I sometimes awake in the night and think of friendship and its possibilities, a new life and revelation to me, which perhaps I had not experienced for many months. . . . I wake up in the night to these higher levels of life, as to a day that begins to dawn, as if my intervening life had been a long night. I catch an echo of the great strain of Friendship played somewhere, and feel compensated for months and years of commonplace. I rise into a diviner atmosphere, in which simply to exist and breathe is a triumph, and my thoughts inevitably tend toward the grand and infinite, as aeronauts report that there is ever an upper current hereabouts which sets toward the ocean. If they rise high enough they go out to sea, and behold the vessels seemingly in mid-air like themselves. It is as if I were serenaded, and the highest and truest compliments were paid me. The universe gives me three cheers.

Journal, 13 July 1857

The only danger in Friendship is that it will end.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

There are times when we have had enough even of our Friends.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

All quotation categories