— William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827
„In Aryans' Discipline, to build a friendship is to build wealth, to maintain a friendship is to maintain wealth and to end a friendship is to end wealth.“
— Gautama Buddha philosopher, reformer and the founder of Buddhism -563 - -483 pred n. l.
Gautama Buddha, Cakkavatti Sutta, Patika Vagga, Digha Nikaya
— Charles Caleb Colton British priest and writer 1780 - 1832
Vol. II; LXXXIII
„Friendship is not to be sought, not to be dreamed, not to be desired; it is to be exercised (it is a virtue).“
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
Zdroj: Love (1947), p. 274
Kontext: To wish to escape from solitude is cowardice. Friendship is not to be sought, not to be dreamed, not to be desired; it is to be exercised (it is a virtue).
„He had no principles of religion, virtue, or friendship. Pleasure, frolic, or extravagant diversion, was all that he laid to heart. He was true to nothing, for he was not true to himself.“
— George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham English statesman and poet 1628 - 1687
Gilbert Burnet History of His Own Time (London: William S. Orr, 1850)
— Edward Young, Night-Thoughts
Zdroj: Night-Thoughts (1742–1745), Night II, Line 582.
— Alexis De Tocqueville French political thinker and historian 1805 - 1859
Recollections of Alexis de Tocqueville, p. 96 http://books.google.com/books?id=3gtoAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA96&vq=%22hatred+is+almost+always+the+foundation%22&source=gbs_search_s&cad=0
1850s and later
„The dispute between the League and Italy is real, but it is not more real than our friendship…in being true to our pledged word to the League we wish also to preserve an old friendship. But loyalty to our pledge is inescapable, for, as the Secretary of State said in his recent Note to the French Government, we look on the League as the only escape from "the senseless disasters of the past."“
— Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1867 - 1947
That is the key to our whole action and to our every motive.
Speech to the Peace Society (31 October 1935), quoted in This Torch of Freedom (1935), pp. 336-337.
— T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral
Zdroj: Murder in the Cathedral
— Mellin de Saint-Gelais French poet 1495 - 1558
Originál: Amitié qui se peut finir / Ne fut jamais bien commencée
Zdroj: Oeuvres poétiques
„A vice in common can be the ground of a friendship but not a virtue in common. X and Y may be friends because they are both drunkards or womanizers but, if they are both sober and chaste, they are friends for some other reason.“
— W. H. Auden, kniha The Dyer's Hand
"Don Juan", p. 403
The Dyer's Hand, and Other Essays (1962)
„I do not believe that friendship today can flower out — can come out — of political life. I do believe that if there is something like a political life to be — to remain for us, in this world of technology — then it begins with friendship.“
— Ivan Illich austrian philosopher and theologist 1926 - 2002
We the People interview (1996)
Kontext: I do not believe that friendship today can flower out — can come out — of political life. I do believe that if there is something like a political life to be — to remain for us, in this world of technology — then it begins with friendship.
Therefore my task is to cultivate disciplined, self-denying, careful, tasteful friendships. Mutual friendships always. I-and-you and, I hope, a third one, out of which perhaps community can grow. Because perhaps here we can find what the good is.
„I know that the arms of friendship are long enough to reach from the one end of the world to the other“
— Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592
„Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.“
— Elie Wiesel writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor 1928 - 2016
— Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
Où est l'amitié est la patrie.
Letter to Nicolas-Claude Thieriot (1734)
„In real life, help is given out of friendship, or it is not valued; it is received from the hand of friendship, or it is resented.“
— Robert Louis Stevenson, kniha Across the Plains
Zdroj: Across the Plains (1892), Ch. IX, Beggars.
Kontext: We should wipe two words from our vocabulary: gratitude and charity. In real life, help is given out of friendship, or it is not valued; it is received from the hand of friendship, or it is resented.
„There it was, there it is, the place where during the best time of our lives friendship had its home and happiness its headquarters.“
— Wallace Stegner, kniha Crossing to Safety
Zdroj: Crossing to Safety