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friends Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about friends
  1. #1
    “If you base your identity on having friends, being accepted, and being popular, you may find yourself compromising your standards or changing them every weekend to accommodate your friends.”
  2. #2
    “Has not one of the poets said that a noble friend is the best gift and a noble enemy the next best?”
  3. #3
    “If you look around, I think you will find the person you need. Almost every writer I’ve ever known has been able to find someone who could be both a friend and a critic.”
  4. #4
    “‘I guess after tonight Boots won’t think the whole world is her friend,‘” thought Gregor. She had to find out sometime, but it still made him sad.”
  5. #5
    “my friends don’t seem to be friends at all but people whose phone numbers I haven’t lost.”
  6. #6
    “He freed me from the stocks. He is my friend. My only friend.”
  7. #7
    “you cannot leave
    and have me too
    i cannot exist in
    two places at once
    -when you ask if we can still be friends”
  8. #8
    “Anyone can betray anyone.”
  9. #9
    “His mom said Boots never knew a stranger, which meant she though everybody in the world was her friend.”
  10. #10
    “They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.”
  11. #11
    “Perhaps I should have run the other way right then and there, realizing that a guy like this might bring out the worst in me.”
  12. #12
    ″‘I honestly never thought of her as anything but my crazy beautiful friend who does all the crazy beautiful things.‘”
  1. #13
    “Money is the tool, my child, not the mason; it can help you make acquaintances but not true friends; and it might buy you a life of leisure but not a life of peace.”
  2. #14
    “Have no friends not equal to yourself.”
  3. #15
    “I daily examine myself on three points:— whether, in transacting business for others, I may have been not faithful;— whether, in intercourse with friends, I may have been not sincere;— whether I may have not mastered and practised the instructions of my teacher.”
  4. #16
    “It is honorable to help a friend in need.”
  5. #17
    “You don’t like anything. You are the most depressed person I’ve ever met, and excuse me for saying this, but you are no fun to be around and I think you need professional help.”
  6. #18
    “I see a few friends - people I used to think were my friends - but they look away.”
  7. #19
    “I don’t want to be cool. I want to grab her by the neck and shake her and scream at her to stop treating me like dirt. She didn’t even bother to find out the truth – what kind of friend is that?”
  8. #20
    “We fall into clans: Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists, Thespians, Goths, Shredders. I am clanless.”
  9. #21
    “They swallow her whole and she never looks back at me. Not once.”
  10. #22
    “He says a million things without saying a word. I make a note to study David Petrakis. I have never heard a more eloquent silence.”
  11. #23
    “To produce a happy child, as a parent, a teacher, a friend, or a society, is to successfully fulfill a divine function.”
  12. #24
    “He’s got friends in town, or he wouldn’t be what he is.”
  1. #25
    “He was so infinitely patient, so unflaggingly hopeful of George’s improvement, so unfailingly good-natured and courteous, that no one could possibly have been angry or failed to try to mend his ways.”
  2. #26
    “Their tales of woe and fear unspeakable gushed forth and beat upon my ears. They told me stories of their friends and relatives who had said unguarded things in public and disappeared without a trace, stories of the Gestapo, stories of neighbours’ quarrels and petty personal spite turned into political persecution, stories of concentration camps and pogroms, stories of rich Jews stripped and beaten and robbed of everything they had and then denied the right to earn a pauper’s wage”
  3. #27
    “I will love you with no regard to the actions of our enemies or the jealousies of actors. I will love you with no regard to the outrage of certain parents or the boredom of certain friends. I will love you no matter what is served in the world’s cafeterias or what game is played at each and every recess.”
  4. #28
    “I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn’t help envying him that a little, which was perfectly normal. There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little.”
  5. #29
    “Finny turned toward me. “You were down at the bottom, weren’t you? he asked, not in the official courtroom tone he had used before, but in a friend’s voice.”
  6. #30
    “‘As my friend, you should either bring me along, or keep me company.’
    ‘Friend?’ he asked.
    She blushed. ‘Well, ‘scowling escort’ is a better description. Or ‘reluctant acquaintance,’ if you prefer.’”
  7. #31
    “It takes a long time to grow an old friend, and trust is built a single moment at a time.”
  8. #32
    “It was a myth that every mother and daughter were best friends, but friendship was far less important than family. Friends came and went; family was always there.”
  9. #33
    “He was easy to talk to, and easy not to talk to - equally important qualities in a friend. Essential in a travel companion.”
  10. #34
    “The values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are.”
  11. #35
    “You make close friends. You become part of a tribe and you share the same blood—you give it together, you take it together.”
  12. #36
    “I contemn the man who sets his friend Before his country.”
  1. #37
    “For ‘tis most sweet to ‘scape oneself scot-free, And yet to bring disaster to a friend Is grievous.”
  2. #38
    “Go, consort With friends who like a madman for their mate.”
  3. #39
    “I thought Ryan was dead. Actually, he was still alive, if just barely. The docs worked like hell to save him. Ryan would eventually be medevac’d out of Iraq. His wounds were severe—he’d never see again, not only out of the eye that had been hit but the other as well. It was a miracle that he lived. But at that moment at base, I was sure he was dead. I knew it in my stomach, in my heart, in every part of me. I’d put him in the spot where he got hit. It was my fault he’d been shot.”
  4. #40
    ″‘A demon can get into real trouble, doing the right thing.’ He nudged the angel. ‘Funny if we both got it wrong, eh? Funny if I did the good thing and you did the bad one, eh?‘”
  5. #41
    “He ought to tell Crowley. No, he didn’t. He wanted to tell Crowley. He ought to tell Heaven.”
  6. #42
    “It was an odd thing, but true, that the death of an enemy could affect you as much almost as much as the death of a friend.”
  7. #43
    “I want you to go back into the barrack and tell the men to come out after the storm. Tell them to look up at me tied here. Tell them I’ll open my eyes and look back at them, and they’ll know that I survived.”
  8. #44
    “The problem with friends and family is that they know us as we are. They are invested in maintaining us as we are. The last thing we want is to remain as we are.”
  9. #45
    “Thy friends suspect for traitors while thou liv’st,
    And take deep traitors for thy dearest friends.
    No sleep close up that deadly eye of thine,
    Unless it be while some tormenting dream
    Affrights thee with a hell of ugly devils.
    Thou elvish-marked, abortive, rooting hog,
    Thou that wast sealed in thy nativity
    The slave of nature and the son of hell.
    Thou slander of thy heavy mother’s womb.
    Thou loathed issue of thy father’s loins.
    Thou rag of honour, thou detested—”
  10. #46
    “Or perhaps, to confess that you yourself are worried and frightened? You need your friends, Harry. As you so rightly said, Sirius would not have wanted you to shut yourself away.”
  11. #47
    “Promise yourself to make all your friends feel like there is something in them.”
  12. #48
    “I’m bursting to explain everything to him, not even Big Sur but the past several years, but there’s no chance with everybody yakking -- And in fact I can see in Cody’s eyes that he can see in my own eyes the regret we both feel that recently we haven’t had chances to talk whatever, like we used to do driving across America and back in the old road days, too many people now want to talk to us and tell us their stories, we’ve been hemmed in and surrounded and outnumbered -- The circle’s closed in on the old heroes of the night.”

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  1. #49
    “‘So, I’m not strange anymore?’ he asks.
    ‘What?’
    ‘You’re riding in my car, which must mean I’m not a stranger anymore.’
    ‘Actually, the more I’m around you, the stranger you get.’”
  2. #50
    “Hell is the absence of the people you long for.”
  3. #51
    “But in the end I managed it, and the instant I saw her again, at that recovery centre in Dover, all our differences—while they didn’t exactly vanish—seemed not nearly as important as all the other things.”
  4. #52
    “A friend is like an owl, both beautiful and wise. Or perhaps a friend is like a ghost, whose spirit never dies ”
  5. #53
    “Jim, Will thought, we’re still pals, smell things nobody else smells, hear things no one else hears, got the same blood, run the same way. Now, this first time ever, you’re sneaking out! Ditching me!”
  6. #54
    “A friend is like a heart that goes strong until the end. Where would we be in this world if we didn’t have a friend?”
  7. #55
    “In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.”
  8. #56
    “I didn’t save you . . . You saved me.”
  9. #57
    “It costs nothing to ask wise advice from a good friend.”
  10. #58
    “If thou desire to help thy friend, do so in a way that will not bring thy friend’s burdens upon thyself.”
  11. #59
    “Though are sworn, Eros, That when the exigent should come, which now Is come indeed, when I should see behind me Th’ inevitable prosecution of Disgrace and honor, that on my command Thou then wouldst kill me. Do’t. The time is come. Thou strik’st not me; ‘tis Caesar thou defeat’st.”
  12. #60
    “Flowers will die, the sun will set, but you are a friend, I won’t forget. Your name is so precious, it will never grow old. Its engraved in my heart, in letters of gold.”
  1. #61
    “‘Big Mike was going to drop out,’ said Big Tony. ‘And if he dropped out, he’d be like all his friends who dropped out: dead, in jail, or on the street selling drugs, just waiting to be dead or in jail.‘”
  2. #62
    “Always agree with your friends, even if it’s at your own expense, so they won’t be upset.”
  3. #63
    “They understood that I had to be away from the places that held the memories of my friend.”
  4. #64
    “We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves. I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography - to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.”
  5. #65
    “I understand that secrecy is part of, well, an aberrant behavior system. It comes from a bad place, not a place of light and generosity. And when you deprive your friends . . . of experiences like I had, you’re basically stealing from them. You’re depriving them of something they have a right to.”
  6. #66
    Lord, protect me from my friends; I can take care of my enemies.
  7. #67
    “A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”
  8. #68
    “Why is it that the one time a cute guy talks to you, you have a friend who’s in crisis?”
  9. #69
    “When it comes to relationships, we’re all like little planets with our own solar system of friends. Unwritten law states that the solar systems rarely intersect.”
  10. #70
    “And suddenly, I’m really happy for her. I jump up and hug her, popping up and down like a little kid on Christmas morning. I don’t know why it’s such a big deal. It’s only a stupid boyfriend. But still.”
  11. #71
    “None of my ten friends, even today, ascribes moral evil to Hitler, although most of them think (after the fact) that he made fatal strategical mistakes which even they themselves might have made at the time. His worst mistake was his selection of advisers—a backhand tribute to the Leader’s virtues of trustfulness and loyalty, to his very innocence of the knowledge of evil, fully familiar to those who have heard partisans of F. D. R. or Ike explain how things went wrong.”
  12. #72
    “Nobody has proved to my friends that the Nazis were wrong about the Jews. Nobody can. The truth or falsity of what the Nazis said, and of what my extremist friends believed, was immaterial, marvelously so. There simply was no way to reach it, no way, at least, that employed the procedures of logic and evidence. The bill-collector told me that Jews were filthy, that the home of a Jewish woman in his boyhood town was a pigsty; and the baker told me that the Jews’ fanaticism about cleanliness was a standing affront to the “Germans,” who were clean enough. What difference did the truth, if there were truth, make?”

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  1. #73
    “My ten friends had been told, not since 1939 but since 1933, that their nation was fighting for its life. They believed that self-preservation is the first law of nature, of the nature of nations as well as of herd brutes.”
  2. #74
    “Tatiana’s English wasn’t very good, and often I couldn’t understand her letters. But I waited for them eagerly.”
  3. #75
    ″ ‘You can be just friends with people, you know,’ Orla said. ‘I think it’s crazy how you’re in love with all those raven boys.’ ”
  4. #76
    “The first opinion which one forms of a prince, and of his understanding, is by observing the men he has around him.”
  5. #77
    Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.
  6. #78
    “He grew until he was a teenager. He had strange friends and he wore strange clothes and he listened to strange music.”
  7. #79
    “Now we can both pretend we have friends.”
  8. #80
    “The fact is, I think, that my friends really didn’t know. They didn’t know because they didn’t want to know; but they didn’t know. They could have found out, at the time, only if they had wanted to very badly.”
  9. #81
    “National Socialism was a revulsion by my friends against parliamentary politics, parliamentary debate, parliamentary government—against all the higgling and the haggling of the parties and the splinter parties, their coalitions, their confusions, and their conniving. It was the final fruit of the common man’s repudiation of ‘the rascals’. Its motif was, ‘Throw them all out.‘”
  10. #82
    “I hardly knew Hannah Baker. I mean, I wanted to. I wanted to know her more than I had the chance. […] [W]e never had the chance to get closer. And not once did I take her for granted. Not once.”
  11. #83
    “‘The young nihilists,’ Dad called us.
    ‘What are nihilists?’
    ‘Nihilists believe that nothing has any meaning. They believe in nothing.’
    ‘Yeah,’ said Earl. ‘I’m a nihilist.’
    ‘Me, too,’ I said.
    ‘Good for you,’ Dad said, grinning. Then he stopped grinning and said, ‘Don’t tell your mom.’
    And that’s part of the backstory for me and Earl.”
  12. #84
    “Once, indeed, I did have a friend. But I was already a tyrant at heart; I wanted to exercise unbounded sway over him; I tried to instill into him a contempt for his surroundings; I required of him a disdainful and complete break with those surroundings. I frightened him with my passionate affection; I reduced him to tears, to hysterics. He was a simple and devoted soul; but when he devoted himself to me entirely I began to hate him immediately and repulsed him – as though all I needed him for was to win a victory over him, to subjugate him and nothing else. But I could not subjugate all of them; my friend was not at all like them either, he was, in fact, a rare exception.”
  1. #85
    “We used to be pretty good friends, but fourteen-year-old girls are psychotic.”
  2. #86
    “Crying, semi-hysterically, Mom made a number of points:
    •Your friend is dying
    •It’s just so hard to watch a child die
    •And it’s much harder to watch a friend’s daughter die
    •But the hardest is watching your son watching his friend die
    •You have to make your own decisions now
    •It’s so hard for me to let you make your own decisions
    •But I have to let you make your own decisions
    •I am so proud of you
    •Your friend is dying, and you have been so strong.”
  3. #87
    “Religious Warfare: Someone has described religious warfare as ‘killing people over who has the best invisible friend.’ We tend to agree.”
  4. #88
    ″Dear Catherine, I’ve been sitting here thinking about all the things I wanted to apologize to you for. All the pain we caused each other. Everything I put on you. Everything I needed you to be or needed you to say. I’m sorry for that. I’ll always love you ‘cause we grew up together and you helped make me who I am. I just wanted you to know there will be a piece of you in me always, and I’m grateful for that. Whatever someone you become, and wherever you are in the world, I’m sending you love. You’re my friend to the end. Love, Theodore.”
  5. #89
    “Be slow to anger and quick to forgive, and you will have friends for as long as you live.”
  6. #90
    “I don’t know. I have a lot of dreams about my ex-wife, Catherine, where we’re friends like we used to be. We’re not gonna be together, we’re not together, but we’re friends still. She’s not angry.”
  7. #91
    “I even made a new friend. I have a friend and the absurd thing is she’s an operating system. Charles left her behind but she’s totally amazing. She’s... She’s so smart. She doesn’t just see things is black or white. She sees things in this whole gray area and she’s helping me explore it and we just bonded really quickly. I’m weird. That’s weird, right, bonding with an OS? No, it’s okay. That’s weird.”
  8. #92
    “And then, almost as if in response to his plea, Poole waved back. For an instant, Bowman felt the skin prickling at the base of his scalp. The words he was about to call died on his suddenly parched lips. For he knew that his friend could not possibly be alive; and yet he waved.”
  9. #93
    “Is he friendly?” Tom says quietly. “I’ve discovered,” Jules says, “that a dog will become fast friends with the people who feed him.”
  10. #94
    ″‘If you ever find you need help again, you know, if you’re in trouble, need a hand out of a tight corner...’
    ‘Yeah?’
    ‘Please don’t hesitate to get lost.’”
  11. #95
    ″‘Marvin,” he said, “just get this elevator go up will you? We’ve got to get to Zarniwoop.’
    ‘Why?’ asked Marvin dolefully.
    ‘I don’t know,’ said Zaphod, ‘but when I find him, he’d better have a very good reason for me wanting to see him.‘”
  12. #96
    “An isolated person is weak. By slowly isolating your victims, you make them more vulnerable to your influence. Take them away from their normal milieu, friends, family, home. Give them the sense of being marginalized, in limbo? ”
  13. #97
    “It isn’t difficult to keep alive, friends just don’t -make trouble-or if you must make trouble, make the sort of trouble that’s expected. Well, I don’t need to tell you that. Good night. If we should bump into one another, recognize me”
  14. #98
    ″... Miss Alice is a great friend of Harry’s, who is always trying to build a house by beginning at the top.”
  15. #99
    “I wanted to believe that Mal and I would always be friends, but I had to face the fact that we were on different paths”
  16. #100
    “So when he found Sammy he would simply call him into his truck and drive him home. In this way, he lived a long and happy life, with many friends.”
  17. #101
    “Be prepared. A dog is adorable and noble.
    A dog is a true and loving friend. A dog
    is also a hedonist.”
  18. #102
    “Tears came to his eyes, then, for how lopsided he had let their friendship become, and for how long Willem had stayed with him, year after year, even when he had fled from him, even when he had asked him for help with problems whose origins he wouldn’t reveal. In his new life, he promised himself, he would be less demanding of his friends; he would be more generous. Whatever they wanted, he would give them. If Willem wanted information, he could have it, and it was up to him to figure out how to give it to him. He would be hurt again and again—everyone was—but if he was going to try, if he was going to be alive, he had to be tougher, he had to prepare himself, he had to accept that this was part of the bargain of life itself.”
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