Quotations for Daily Use

Relationships, Friends, Friendship, It's Not About Me, Others First, Teamwork, Team-building

"A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should." Unknown

"A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails." Donna Roberts (More information is needed about Donna Roberts.)

"A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world." Lois Wyse, (October 30, 1926 – July 6, 2007) was an American advertising executive, author and columnist

"A true friend is one who'll tell you what you should know even if it offends you." Unknown

"A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably." William Penn, (1644–1718), English Quaker, founder of Pennsylvania as a sanctuary for Quakers and other nonconformists.

"Always try your hardest to make friends." A. J. Oswalt, Nestucca Valley Middle School 6th grader 2001

" . . . and the song from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, (1807–82), US poet (Thank you ODS Doogie/Luna/Vida for sharing this! '06)

"Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted." Proverbs 27:5-6

"Cherish your human connections - your relationships with friends and family." Barbara Pierce Bush (born June 8, 1925) is the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, and served as First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

"Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of true friendship." Dorothy Rothschild Parker, (1893–1967), US humorist, literary critic, and writer

"Crises do not make friends - they reveal them." Don Ward

"Don't urge me to leave you or turn back from you. Where you go, I will go and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anyting but death separates you and me." Book of Ruth 1:16 & 17

"Everything I could ever want in a friend I have in you." Unknown

"Friends are kind to each others' hopes. They cherish each others' dreams." Henry David Thoreau, (1817–62), US essayist and poet; (Shared by ODS DoogieLuna/Vida)

"Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer." Ed Cunningham

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too! I thought I was the only one!' " C.S. Lewis, (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. (Shared by ODS Supergirl - Michelle Wyss Flores)

"FRIENDSHIP isn't a big thing - it's a million little things." Unknown

"If you're alone, I'll be your shadow.
If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder.
If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow.
If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile.
But anytime you need a FRIEND,
I'll just be me."


"In my friend, I find a second self." Isabel Norton

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

"In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends." John Churton Collins; (26 March 1848 – 25 September 1908) was a British literary critic.

"It’s like meeting an old friend for the first time." Matt Mikalatos in Sky Lanterns

"It's the wine. I drink it with my friends." Stamatis Moraitis, aged 102

"Let me live by the side of the road and be a friend to man."  Sam Walter Foss (June 19, 1858 – February 26, 1911) was an American librarian and poet whose works included The House by the Side of the Road and The Coming American.

"Make new friends, but keep the old. The new are silver, and the old are gold." Joseph Parry, (born 1841 - died 1903) Welsh composer (These are words to a round sung at ODS - Outdoor School)

"Maybe we're friends not because of all we've shared or all we know about each other. Maybe what makes us friends is that despite all that, we are still friends." Glen Herrington-Hall

"Most gracious host," said Frodo, "it was said to me by . . . that I should find friendship upon the way, secret and unlooked for. Certainly I looked for no such friendship as you have shown." Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor

"Music I heard with you was more than music, 
And bread I broke with you was more than bread; 
Now that I am without you, all is desolate; 
All that was once so beautiful is dead. 

Your hands once touched this table and this silver, 
And I have seen your fingers hold this glass. 
These things do not remember you, beloved, 
And yet your touch upon them will not pass. 

For it was in my heart that you moved among them, 
And blessed them with your hands and with your eyes; 
And in my heart they will remember always, 
—They knew you once, O beautiful and wise." 

Conrad Potter Aiken (August 5, 1889 – August 17, 1973) was an American writer, whose work includes poetry, short stories, novels, a play, and an autobiography.

"My brother and I do not form many intimate friendships, and do not lightly give them up."Wilbur Wright; The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane.

"My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges, and enabled me to walk serene and happy in the shadow cast by my deprivation." Helen Keller, (1880–1968), US writer, social reformer, and academic

"Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time, like having a friend takes time." Georgia O'Keefe (Shared by friend Grandma Irish, Shannon)

"Our lives are filed with simple joys and blessings without end. But one of the greatest joys in life is to have you as a friend." Unknown

"Strangers are just friends waiting to happen." Rod McKuen, (1933–), US poet, writer, and composer

"Such is friendship, that through it we love places and seasons; for as . . . flowers drop their sweet leaves on the ground around them, so friends impart favor even to the places where they dwell." John Chrysostom (347 - 407), archbishop of Constantinople

"That the two of us could be connected for five years by work and friendship is, I believe, a rather extraordinary joy for a human life." Dietrich Bonhoeffer writing to a friend; Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. This quote is from Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

"The friends of our friends are our friends." Dietrich Congolese Proverb

"There's a miracle called friendship
that dwells within a heart,
And you don't know even how it happens
or when it gets its start . . .
But the happiness it brings you
always gives a special lift, and
You realize that FRIENDSHIP is
your most precious gift of all."


"Until heaven and then forever!" Father Tim, a character in In This Mountain, a book in The Mitford Series by Jan Karon - Jan Karon is an American novelist who writes for both adults and young readers. She is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Mitford novels, featuring Father Timothy Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest, and the fictional village of Mitford.

"We can bless others by praying with them; we can take them with us to the throne of grace to find help in time of need. We may not be able to change their circumstances, but we can show them God. That's what a true friend does." David Roper in The Daily Bread

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth." Billy - age 4

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