— Robert Greene, livro The 48 Laws of Power
„We do not wish to become subordinate to any power. We will be friends with the powers of the world. We will be sincere friends to the powers that are sincere in their intentions and their friendship to us.“
— Abd al-Karim Qasim Prime Minister of Iraq 1914 - 1963
Principles of the 14th July Revolution (1959), Speech delivered at the officers' club (June 16, 1959).
„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).
— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 a.C.
„Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone — but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.“
— William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
" On The Conduct of Life" http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Essays/Hazlitt/ConductLife.htm (1822), reprinted in The Collected Works of William Hazlitt (1902-1904)
„You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn't depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.“
— Trenton Lee Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society
„The key to friendship with God, he said, is not changing what you do, but changing your attitude toward what you do.“
— Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
„This is the Comfort of Friends, that though they may be said to Die, yet their Friendship and Society are, in the best Sense, ever present, because Immortal.“
— William Penn English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania 1644 - 1718
Fruits of Solitude (1682), Part II, Context: They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill, what never dies. Nor can Spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same Divine Principle; the Root and Record of their Friendship. If Absence be not death, neither is theirs. Death is but Crossing the World, as Friends do the Seas; They live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is Omnipresent. In this Divine Glass, they see Face to Face; and their Converse is Free, as well as Pure. This is the Comfort of Friends, that though they may be said to Die, yet their Friendship and Society are, in the best Sense, ever present, because Immortal. 127 - 134
„A friend and a prudent friend, can help to shape a friend's decision. He does so by virtue of that love which makes the friend's problem his own, the friend's ego his own (so that after all it is not entirely "from outside"). For by virtue of that oneness which love can establish he is able to visualize the concrete situation calling for decision, visualize it from, as it were, the actual center of responsibility. Therefore it is possible for a friend - only for a friend and only for a prudent friend - to help with counsel and direction to shape a friend's decision or, somewhat in the manner of a judge, help to reshape it.
Such geniune and prudent loving friendship (amor amicitiae) - which has nothing in common with sentimental intimacy, and indeed is rather imperiled by such intimacy - is the sine qua non for geniune spirtual guidance. For only this empowers another to offer the kind of direction which - almost!“
— Josef Pieper German philosopher 1904 - 1997
The Four Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance (1965), conforms to the concrete situation in which the decision must be made.
„Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one.“
— Oscar Wilde, livro O Retrato de Dorian Gray
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Essays, First Series, Friendship
„Thus they are destitute of that very lovely and exquisitely natural friendship, which is an object of desire in itself and for itself, nor can they learn from themselves how valuable and powerful such a friendship is. For each man loves himself, not that he may get from himself some reward for his own affection, but because each one is of himself dear to himself. And unless this same feeling be transferred to friendship, a true friend will never be found; for a true friend is one who is, as it were, a second self.“
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
Laelius De Amicitia – Laelius On Friendship (44 BC), Ita pulcherrima illa et maxime naturali carent amicitia per se et propter se expetita nec ipsi sibi exemplo sunt, haec vis amicitiae et qualis et quanta sit. Ipse enim se quisque diligit, non ut aliquam a se ipse mercedem exigat caritatis suae, sed quod per se sibi quisque carus est. Quod nisi idem in amicitiam transferetur, verus amicus numquam reperietur; est enim is qui est tamquam alter idem. Section 80; translation by J. F. Stout