Friendship Quotations


It would give me such joy to know that a friend had come to see me and yet that pleasure I seldom if ever experience.—Journal, 23 December 1851
How is it that we are impelled to treat our old friends so ill when we obtain new ones?—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
I would that I were worthy to be any man's Friend.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
I hate that my motive for visiting a friend should be that I want society. That it should lie in my poverty & weakness & not in his and my riches & strength.—Journal, 14 February 1852
Fatal is the discovery that our friend is fallible—that he has prejudices. He is then only prejudiced in our favor.—Journal, 15 February 1851
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 & come to anchor—not sailed— made no voyage—carried no venture.—Journal, 24 August 1852
There are times when we have had enough even of our Friends.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
My friend is one whom I meet, who takes me for what I am. A stranger takes me for something else than what I am.—Journal, 23 October 1852
You may buy a servant or slave, in short, but you cannot buy a friend.—Journal, 28 November 1860
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