One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
- Henry Adams
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Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.
- Francesco Guicciardini
The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.
- Sophie Swetchine
There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.
- William Hazlitt
Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
- Charles Lamb
In those early years in New York when I was a stranger in a big city, it was the companionship and later friendship which I was offered in the Linnean Society that was the most important thing in my life.
- Ernst Mayr
There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth.
I come from the New York theatre world, and I have a lot of gay male friends, so this friendship of Will and Grace's isn't such a stretch.
- Debra Messing
Sympathy constitutes friendship but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge