„Death lurks in the farewell of a true friend.“
La mort est dans l'adieu d'un ami veritable.
Elégies (1830), Au Sommeil; translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 110.
La mort est dans l'adieu d'un ami véritable.
Varianta: La mort est dans l'adieu d'un ami veritable.
„Farewell, woman! I intend
Henceforth every night to sit
With my lewd, well-natured friend,
Drinking to engender wit.“
— John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester English poet, and peer of the realm 1647 - 1680
Love a woman! Y’are an ass, ll. 9–12.
— Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011
Farewell Address (2003)
— John Steinbeck, kniha The Grapes of Wrath
Zdroj: The Grapes of Wrath
„And will he who is a true lover of wisdom, and is persuaded in like manner that only in the world below can he worthily enjoy her, still repine at death? Will he not depart with joy? Surely he will, my friend, if he be a true philosopher. …And if this be true, he would be very absurd, …if he were to fear death.“
— Socrates classical Greek Athenian philosopher -470 - -399 pred n. l.
„Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.“
— Richard Bach American spiritual writer 1936
Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977)
Zdroj: Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
— Ali, kniha Nahj al-Balagha
— Scott Dikkers American comic writer 1965
Zdroj: You Are Worthless: Depressing Nuggets of Wisdom Sure to Ruin Your Day
— Sophocles ancient Greek tragedian -496 - -406 pred n. l.
Zdroj: Antigone, Line 437
— Javad Alizadeh cartoonist, journalist and humorist 1953
Quoted in Humor & Caricature (January 1996), p. 3
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
Also found in variants such as "A true friend stabs you in the front".
The earliest known example of this quote comes from Walter Winchell's syndicated newspaper column in mid-January 1955: 'On Broadway, cynically reports Jimmy Nelson, "a true friend is one who stabs you in the front"'
The earliest version of this quote found in Google Books is from 1958, where the quote "A true friend is one who stabs you in the front" is attributed to actor Steve Dunne https://books.google.com/books?id=MF5-AAAAMAAJ&q=friend+%22stabs+you+in+the+front%22&dq=friend+%22stabs+you+in+the+front%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwig2JCRnKrMAhUC42MKHaNzCGsQ6AEIHDAA.
In 1981, a similar quote: "He is a fine friend. He stabs you in the front" was attributed to Hollywood writer and producer Leonard Levinson https://books.google.com/books?id=Xbe8zbfuVLgC&q=friend+%22stabs+you+in+the+front%22&dq=friend+%22stabs+you+in+the+front%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjMjOrQnKrMAhVL2GMKHcQQDSgQ6AEIHTAA.
In 1984, an article in Ms. Magazine https://books.google.com/books?id=sfIbAQAAMAAJ&q=friend+%22stabs+you+in+the+front%22&dq=friend+%22stabs+you+in+the+front%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjMjOrQnKrMAhVL2GMKHcQQDSgQ6AEIJzAC stated that "the Hollywood definition of a friend" was "someone who stabs you in the front".
The earliest attribution to Oscar Wilde was from 1989 https://books.google.com/books?id=CnQJAAAAIAAJ&q=friend+%22stabs+you+in+the+front%22+wilde&dq=friend+%22stabs+you+in+the+front%22+wilde&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj2oqLfnKrMAhVG52MKHXdPANkQ6AEIJTAC: "A good friend is one who stabs you in the front". No source was given.
Varianta: A good friend will always stab you in the front.
Zdroj: e.g. "Broadway and Elsewhere" https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/3706522/, Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN), 1955-01-16, p. 4
„“I think you look on death as your friend,” she murmured. “That is a strange friend for a young man to have.”
“The only faithful friend in this world,” he said. “Death is always sure to be at your side.”“
— Poul Anderson, kniha The Broken Sword
Zdroj: The Broken Sword (1954), Chapter 21 (p. 148)
— Katie MacAlister Author 1964
Zdroj: Zen and the Art of Vampires
„According as men thrive, their friends are true; if their affairs go to wreck, their friends sink with them. Fortune finds friends.“
— Plautus, Stichus
Variant translation: According as men thrive, their friends are true; if fortune fails, friends likewise disappear. Prosperity finds friends. (translator unknown)
Stichus (The Parasite Rebuffed)
Originál: (la) Ut cuique homini res parata est, firmi amici sunt : si res labat, itidem amici collabascunt. Res amicos invenit.
„If you find one true friend in life, you're richer than most. If that one true friend is your husband, you're blessed.“
— Mitch Albom American author 1958
Zdroj: The First Phone Call from Heaven
„My best! my last friends!
Let's not unman each other: part at once:
All farewells should be sudden, when for ever,
Else they make an eternity of moments,
And clog the last sad sands of life with tears.
Hence, and be happy: trust me, I am not
Now to be pitied; or far more for what
Is past than present; — for the future, 'tis
In the hands of the deities, if such
There be: I shall know soon. Farewell — Farewell.“
— George Gordon Byron, Sardanapalus