Talking with an old friend, I suddenly felt the urge to find some quotes about friendship. These are several I found from books. I tried to find a quote by George Orwell, but he didn’t write about friendship much. Still reviewing several pages of his essays, my love for his work was rekindled–I wanted to reread them. His essays are so much better than his fictions about farm animals or a futuristic dystopia. Probably other writers suffer the same fate–popular for the wrong books, admired for the wrong reasons.
My friends have come to me unsought….We over-estimate the conscience of our friend. His goodness seems better than our goodness, his nature finer, his temptations less. Every thing that is his-—his name, his form, his dress, books and instruments-—fancy enhances. Our own thought sounds new and larger from his mouth.Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man of active and resilient mind outwears his friendships just as certainly as he outwears his love affairs, his politics and his epistemology.H.L. Mencken
Friend of my youth! when young we rov’d,Lord Byron
Like striplings, mutually belov’d…
The recollection seems, alone,
Dearer than all the joys I’ve known,
When distant far from you:
Though pain, ’tis still a pleasing pain,
To trace those days and hours again,
And sigh again, adieu!
Near this SpotLord Byron
are deposited the Remains of one
who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferosity,
and all the virtues of Man without his Vices.
This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
if inscribed over human Ashes,
is but a just tribute to the Memory of
BOATSWAIN, a DOG,
who was born in Newfoundland May 1803
and died at Newstead Nov. 18th, 1808.