Friendship Quotations


To say that a man is your Friend means commonly no more than this, that he is not your enemy.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

I have never met with a friend who furnished me sea-room. I have only tacked a few times and come to anchor — not sailed — made no voyage, carried no venture.

Journal, 24 August 1852

My friend is one who takes me for what I am. A stranger takes me for something else than what I am. . . . What men call social virtues, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter which lie close together to keep each other warm. It brings men together in crowds and mobs in bar-rooms and elsewhere, but it does not deserve the name of virtue.

Journal, 23 October 1852

Even the death of Friends will inspire us as much as their lives. They will leave consolation to the mourners, as the rich leave money to defray the expenses of their funerals, and their memories will be incrusted over with sublime and pleasing thoughts, as monuments of other men are overgrown with moss; for our Friends have no place in the graveyard.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

All quotation categories