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6 days ago Be inspired by the best Wise Quotes About Love. #lovequotes “True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells.


140 Wise Quotes About Love, Life, and Loving Friendships

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Life is a gift.

When we embrace all that life has to offer, we can achieve success both personally and professionally. One way to do this is to surround ourselves with love.  Love with a romantic partner, love for family and friends, and love for living life to the fullest.  When we set our goals to focus on what's truly important, it's easy to find meaning with our daily actions.

That's why in this post, you will discover 140 great quotes that focus on all aspects of love (i.e. romantic love, great friendships, and love for experiencing all that life has to offer.) And wise quotes about everything in between.

To help you out, we have separated this post into five sections, with a few large picture quotes to share with your loved ones.

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What You Will Learn

What is the Meaning of Love?

If you have chosen to be your best even when the other person you are with isn't at their best, then you have chosen to love this person, and this person is likely your best friend. Love is more than a feeling; it should also be considered an enacted emotion.

And if you'd like to take your romance to the next level, then we recommend two things: 

  1. Create a few of the 21 relationship goals that we cover here.
  2. Scheduling regular date nights with your significant other.

Remember: Love is kindness, and love is an adventure.  So let's learn more about this by checking out the following short inspirational quotes:

Love Quotes and Sayings

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”– Lao Tzu

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.”– Friedrich Nietzsche

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”– Victor Hugo

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”– Lucille Ball

“The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention.”– Richard Warren

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.”– Helen Keller

“Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life.”– Thomas Merton

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

​“Love is a friendship set to music.”– Joseph Campbell

​“In order to be happy oneself, it is necessary to make at least one other person happy.”– Theodor Reik

“We always believe our first love is our last, and our last love our first.”– George W. Melville

“Everyone in life is gonna hurt you; you just have to figure out which people are worth the pain.” – Erica Baican

“Age does not protect you from love, but love, to some extent, love protects you from age.”– Jeanne Moreau

“You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”– Sam Keen

​“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.”– Albert Ellis

“True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.” – Erich Segal

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.” – Neil Gaiman

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” – Sarah Dessen

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”– William Shakespeare

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” – Robert Fulghum

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

“The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it. Sometimes love blinds us, other times it lets us see.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein

“If you have it, Love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” – James M. Barrie

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” – H. L. Menken

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.” – Thomas Mann

“If you would be loved, love and be lovable.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.” – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” – Peter Ustinov

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

“Whoso loves believes the impossible.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” – Rumi

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

“What will survive of us is love.” – Philip Larkin

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.' … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” – Maya Angelou

“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” – Lord Byron

“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.” – Dorothy Parker

“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.” – Seneca

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” – Lao Tzu

The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.” – Henry Miller

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” – Khalil Gibran

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are most alive when we're in love.” – John Updike

“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” – Barbara De Angelis

“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens

“Love alone can rekindle life.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

Love doesn’t make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” – Madame de Stael

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“Nobody has ever measured — not even poets — how much love the human heart can hold.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

“Never love anybody that treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” – Joan Crawford

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James Baldwin

There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.” – Dodie Smith

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” – Sophocles

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” – E. M. Forster

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C. S. Lewis

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.” – Mitch Albom

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” – e. e. cummings

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

Want some more wise quotes related to love? Check out some of these affirmation and quote posts dealing with self-love, happiness, and all the good stuff in life.

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life? That is a question we aren't sure can really be answered fully. But a good way to describe life is to find meaning in everything you do and learn to love every aspect of your daily routine. Put simply: You to understand “your why” behind everything that you do.

Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” The following inspirational quotes about life may be just what you need today:

Wise Quotes About Life

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

​“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt

​“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”– Voltaire

“There is no life as complete as the life that is lived by choice.” – Shad Helmstetter

​“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”– George Bernard Shaw

“No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living.” – Winston Churchill

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”– Abraham Lincoln

​“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”– Les Brown

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

​“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”– Dale Carnegie

​“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”– Alexander Graham Bell

​“An unexamined life is not worth living.”– Socrates

​“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

​“You can never plan the future by the past.”– Edmund Burke

​“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”– Dennis P. Kimbro

​“At the end of their lives, people assess how they've done not in terms of their income but in terms of their spirit, and I beg you to do the same, even if those who came before sometimes failed to do so.”– Anna Quindlen

“Life is much more fun if you live it in the spirit of play and collaboration, working with instead of against others.” – Wally Amos

​“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.”– Vivian Komori

​“In three words, I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”– Robert Frost

​The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”– W. M. Lewis

“Almost all of the research strongly supports the benefits of using humor to maximize living.” – Mary Kay Morrison

​“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.”– Denis Waitley

​“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”– Vince Lombardi

Quotes on Loving Life

One of the sad things in life is that we don’t live our life backward, Benjamin Button style. How great would it be to couple the wisdom of age with the energy of youth by living backward?

Unfortunately, that is not the way things work.

In life, we gain important pieces of wisdom through experience and practicing a few of the 23 strategies for daily self-improvement.

All that said, there is a lot of wisdom that can be found by looking at quotes from people who have learned to love life.  Here are a few of our favorites:

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“How many things have to happen to you before something occurs to you?” – Robert Frost

“Wisdom is the reward for surviving our own stupidity.” – Brian Rathbone

“The problem is that when you get it, you're too damned old to do anything about it.”​– Jimmy Connors

“All teachings are mere references. The true experience is living your own life. Then, even the holiest of words are only words.”– Ming-Dao Deng

“You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind

“…talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”– Patrick Süskind

“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” ​– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing ever becomes real 'til it is experienced.” – John Keats

“He who has a way to live can bear almost anyhow.”​– Friedrich Nietzsche

“I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.”– Thomas Carlyle

“I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.”– C.G. Jung

“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience, and being persistent.” – Billy Graham

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” ​– Auguste Rodin

“People never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves.”– Paulo Coelho

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.”– John Gardner

“Life isn't sure; life is scary. It doesn't mean you stop living it.”– Susan May Warren

“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have a title until much later.” – Bob Goff

​“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”– Stephen Chbosky

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.”– Pete Seeger

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”– Harold Kushner

“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”– William Faulkner

The Meaning of Friendship

One thing that life experiences teach us is that you never get “something for nothing”.

Even when you are only dealing with yourself, having some sort of a reason for doing an action is integral to the success of that action. Perhaps you can think of it as “bribing yourself”.

To see what I’m talking about, check out these 155 Methods of Rewarding Yourself.

Love is another area where time and experience bring wisdom. Love is something most people are looking for, either directly or indirectly.

The following wise quotes talk about the importance of forming lifelong friendships that enrich and enhance your daily routine. In essence, when you have great friends, you’ll surround yourself with great conversations where you can know one another on a deep level.    

When discovering the real meaning of friendship, you need to realize that the friendship goes beyond simply sharing your time together; it is sharing long-lasting time together while developing a meaningful connection.

However, it is also important to remember that friendship can mean different things to different people, but it is all around inspiring as you will see by all of the inspiring quotes we have included below:

​Quotes About Friendship ​

​“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time, we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.” – Ally Condie

​“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler

​“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.” – Oscar Wilde

“Make a friend when you don't need one.” – Jamaican Proverb

​“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

“No friendship is an accident.” – O. Henry

​“Friends are God's way of taking care of us.” – Author unknown

​True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.” – David Tyson

​“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

“The best mirror is an old friend.” – George Herbert

“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.” – Miles Franklin

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” – Euripides

​“Friendship is the most constant, the most enduring the most basic part of love.” – Ed Cunningham

Some of these quotes on friendship are wonderful. In some ways, I feel good friendship can be as important as love. Actually, friendship can be a form of love itself.

When it comes to habits, one of the most important aspects of friendship is the “mirror” a good friend can provide, like in the George Herbert wise friendship quote above.

This “mirror” is essentially accountability and is one of the single most powerful tools for achieving success with your habits. Find out more about accountability and what it can do for you here.

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Final Thoughts on These Love Quotes

Love is all around us!  Whether it’s your partner, family, friends, or even the activities you enjoy on a deep level, you can find plenty of examples of this powerful emotion.  Hopefully, these love quotes inspired you and gave you something to think about.

And if you like these quotes, then be sure to check out the others that we have:

Thanks for checking out this wisdom, love, and friendship quote post.  I would appreciate it if you would save your favorite quote on your “go-to” social media platform. And hope you are having a wonderful, loving day!

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Words of Wisdom: Top 25 Motivational Quotes

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Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

A friend is someone who helps you up when you’re down, and if they can’t, they lay down beside you and listen. Winnie The Pooh Click to tweet

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. Jim Morrison Click to tweet

Friendship is a sheltering tree. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Click to tweet

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. Abraham Lincoln Click to tweet

It’s not what we have, but who we have. Winnie The Pooh Click to tweet

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. Elbert Hubbard Click to tweet

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough. Walt Whitman Click to tweet

Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave and impossible to forget. G. Randolf Click to tweet

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The Best Friendship Quotes

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The language of friendship is not words but meanings. Henry David Thoreau

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met. William Butler Yeats

Friendship is not about whom you know the longest. It is about who came and never left. Paulo Coelho

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light. Helen Keller

How distant I am from people when I am with them, and how close when they are far away. Kahlil Gibran

Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives. Alexander Dumas

“Stay” is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary. Louisa May Alcott

Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words. George Eliot

My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you’re most ashamed of. Jodie Foster

Man’s best support is a very dear friend. Cicero Click to tweet

Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. Virginia Woolf Click to tweet

The real test of friendship is can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple? Eugene Kennedy

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. Octavia Butler

Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. Kahlil Gibran

Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. Eleanor Roosevelt

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be. Winnie The Pooh

Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth. Herman Melville

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. Eleanor Roosevelt

A good friend is like a four-leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have. Irish Proverb

A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth. Charles Darwin

The friendship which can cease has never been real. St. Jerome (This is one of my favorite friendship quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)

What Is Friendship?

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Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. Woodrow Wilson Click to tweet

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. Samuel Butler

Friendship is not always the sequel of obligation. Samuel Johnson

Friendship is what gets you through the bad times and helps you enjoy the good times. Unknown

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. Muhammad Ali

Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest, it’s about who walked in to your life, said ‘I’m here for you,’ and proved it. Unknown

Friendship is a wildly underrated medication. Anna Deavere Smith

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. George Washington

Friendship is something that creates equality and mutuality, not a reward for finding equality or a way of intensifying existing mutuality. Rowan Williams

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. Thomas Aquinas

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. Kahlil Gibran Click to tweet

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The Most Famous Friendship Quotes (Emerson, Confucius, Mark Twain, etc.)

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The only way to have a friend is to be one. Ralph Waldo EmersonClick to tweet

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. Audrey Hepburn

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? Abraham Lincoln

If you have one true friend you have more than your share. Thomas Fuller

Of all possessions a friend is the most precious. Herodotus

We cannot hope to only leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account. We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend. George H. W. Bush

A friend to all is a friend to none. Aristotle Click to tweet

Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Socrates

Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. Confucius

Constant use had not worn ragged the fabric of their friendship. Dorothy Parker

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain

I get by with a little help from my friends. The Beatles

A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies. Aristotle

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Life is nothing without friendship. Cicero Click to tweet

True friendships are eternal. Cicero

Friends are the family you choose. Unknown

Friendship = vulnerability * time. Sahil Lavingia

No friendship is an accident. O. Henry

Truth springs from argument amongst friends. David Hume

Love is friendship on fire. Susan Sontag

Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.

Opposition is true friendship. William Blake

Between friends, words are optional.

Though friendship is not quick to burn, it is explosive stuff. May Sarton

Keep the ones that heard you when you never said a word.

A friend is a gift you give yourself. Robert Louis Stevenson

There cannot be friendship without equality. Swami Sivananda

The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two. Sophie Swetchine

The best mirror is an old friend. George Herbert Click to tweet

Friendship is essentially a partnership. Aristotle

There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. William Hazlitt

My friends are my estate. Emily Dickinson

The secret to friendship is being a good listener.

Friends are proved by adversity. Cicero

Friendships are discovered rather than made. Harriet Beecher Stowe

The best cure for a bad day is a good friend.

Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer. Jean de La Fontaine

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Inspirational And Deep Friendship Quotes

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No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. Charles Dickens Click to tweet

You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. Aristotle

Friendship is more than being there for your friends when they need you, it’s also allowing your friends to be there for you. Shane Parrish

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. Walter Winchell

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. William Shakespeare

One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention. Clifton Fadiman

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. C.S. Lewis

If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone. Maxwell Maltz

When was the last time you asked your friend how he/she was doing? Maxime Lagacé

As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen. Winnie The Pooh

If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever. Winnie The Pooh

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. Thomas Sowell

Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams. Henry David Thoreau

Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead; Do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead. Anna Cummins

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. Anais Nin

Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which strengthens with the setting sun of life. Jean de La Fontaine

One friend in a storm is worth more than a thousand friends in sunshine. Matshona Dhliwayo Click to tweet

The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words. Cicero

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. Jane Austen

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform. Theodore H. White

Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking. George Eliot

True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance. Henry David Thoreau

Friendship however is a plant which cannot be forced – true friendship is no gourd spring up in a night and withering in a day. Charlotte Bronte

The most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people. Nicholas Sparks

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. Amy Poehler

Friendship, as has been said, consists in a full commitment of the will to another person with a view to that person’s good. Pope John Paul II

When people are friends, they have no need of justice, but when they are just, they need friendship in addition. Aristotle

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. Oscar Wilde

Friendship is held to be the severest test of character. Charles Eastman

It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. Marlene Dietrich

The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. Aristotle

A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship. Saint Francis de Sales

Your friend is your needs answered. Kahlil Gibran

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Funny And Surprising Friendship Quotes

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I love how badass we think we are when we’re together. Click to tweet

Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom. Francis Bacon

Friendship is love minus sex plus reason: Love is friendship plus sex minus reason.

There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. Linda Grayson

I’m a controversial figure. My friends either dislike me or hate me. Toni Morrison

I have no trouble with my enemies. But my goddam friends… they are the ones that keep me walking the floor nights. Oscar Levant

The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money. Mark Twain

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. Oprah Winfrey

I like to hang out with people who make me forget to look at my phone.

No one will ever be as entertained by us as us.

True friendship is when you walk into their house and your WiFi connects automatically.

There are small ships and big ships but the best ships are friendships.

The better the friend, the less cleaning you do before he comes over.

Real friends don’t get offended when you insult them. They smile and call you something even more offensive. Click to tweet

We are best friends. Always remember that if you fall I will pick you up after I finish laughing.

The friendship of one intelligent man is better than that of all the unintelligent. Democritus

Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used. Elbert Hubbard

The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef; love, like being enlivened with champagne. Samuel Johnson

A day spent with you is my favorite day. So today is my new favorite day. Winnie The Pooh

A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside. Winnie The Pooh

We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh? asked Piglet. Even longer. Pooh answered. Winnie The Pooh

The older I get the more selective I am of who is in my tribe. I would rather have four quarters than a hundred pennies.

You are I are more than friends. We’re like a really small gang.

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success. Doug Larson

Cute Friendship Quotes And Metaphors

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A friend is what the heart needs all the time. Henry Van Dyke Click to tweet

‘Stay’ is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary. Amos Bronson Alcott

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends. H. Jackson Brown Jr.

If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you. Winnie The Pooh

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. Robert Louis Stevenson

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever. Alfred Tennyson

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child. Henry Ward Beecher

Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. Georgia O’Keeffe

We don’t need sugar, flour or rice or anything else. We just want to see our dear ones. Hafiz of Persia

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over. Ray Bradbury

A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world. Leo Buscaglia

Wise Quotes About Friendship (Words of Wisdom)

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The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. William Blake Click to tweet

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. William Blake

What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it. C. S. Lewis

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them. Publius Syrus (The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus)

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance. Rabindranath Tagore

Friendship is given us by nature, not to favor vice, but to aid virtue. Cicero

We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young. Letty Cottin Pogrebin

In friendship we find nothing false or insincere; everything is straight forward, and springs from the heart. Cicero

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. Confucius Click to tweet

We hate some persons because we do not know them; and will not know them because we hate them. Charles Caleb Colton

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies. William Hazlitt

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends. Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us. Epicurus

If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends – you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue. Alice Miller

Friends make the good things better and the bad things not so bad.

We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends. Francis Bacon

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Dale Carnegie

In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends. John Churton Collins

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Part 3. Friendship Quotes ABOUT…

Friendship Quotes About Love (And Marriage Too)

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This is my beloved and this is my friend. Song of Solomon Click to tweet

Friendship often ends in love. But love in friendship; never. Charles Caleb Colton

Love is a friendship set to music. Joseph Campbell

Friendship is the finest balm for the pangs of despised love. Jane Austen

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love. Hubert H. Humphrey

Friendship is the most constant, the most enduring the most basic part of love. Ed Cunningham

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Ann Landers

A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. Saint Basil

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing. Elie Wiesel

All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand. Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Love everyone with a deep love based on charity, but form friendships only with those who can share virtuous things with you. The higher the virtues you share and exchange with others, the more perfect your friendship will be. St. Francis de Sales

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. Martin Luther King Jr

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words. Rachel Naomi Remen

Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation. Samuel Richardson

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves. Oliver Goldsmith

Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship. Lord Byron

However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship. Francois de La Rochefoucauld Click to tweet

The verb ‘to love’ in Persian is ‘to have a friend’. ‘I love you’ translated literally is ‘I have you as a friend’. Shusha Guppy

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the mother for the child. Henry Ward Beecher

Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty. Cicero

Love is friendship set on fire. Jeremy Taylor

Quotes About Friendship And Life

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Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. Baltasar Gracian Click to tweet

Friendship is infinitely better than kindness. Cicero

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? George Eliot

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. Hubert H. Humphrey

A friend is someone you can share your incomplete thoughts with. People need a private space where they can speak and refine their “work in progress” thinking. The Stoic Emperor

If you set out to do what you really want to do, you may lose a lot of friends but you will not lose a single friend who is worth having. Alan Watts

There is nothing we like to see so much as the gleam of pleasure in a person’s eye when he feels that we have sympathized with him, understood him. At these moments something fine and spiritual passes between two friends. These are the moments worth living. Don Marquis

Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company. Booker T. Washington

I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff. Jon Katz

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back: a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. Anais Nin

We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy. Arthur Ashe

If one is estranged from oneself, then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, ‘What are you going through?’ Simone Weil

There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you. Paramahansa Yogananda

Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life. James F. Byrnes

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. Kahlil Gibran

That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end. Francis Quarles

Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend. Sarah Dessen Click to tweet

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Quotes About Friendship, Happiness And Gratitude

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How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. Winnie The Pooh Click to tweet

Friends are medicine for a wounded heart and vitamins for a hopeful soul. Steve Maraboli

Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace. Christie Brinkley

Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving. Osho

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing. Katherine Mansfield

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference. Audre Lorde

I often find myself saying a little prayer of thanks for you. Unknown

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. Cicero

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship. Epicurus

It’s not that other people don’t get me at all… It’s that you get me completely.

Quotes About Best Friends (BFF) And True Friendship

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True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks. Saint Jerome Click to tweet

One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about. Mindy Kaling

True friendship isn’t about being inseparable it’s being separated and nothing changes.

We come from homes far from perfect, so you end up almost parent and sibling to your friends – your own chosen family. There’s nothing like a really loyal, dependable, good friend. Nothing. Jennifer Aniston

That’s when I realized what a true friend was. Someone who would always love you – the imperfect you, the confused you, the wrong you – because that is what people are supposed to do.

True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. David Tyson

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. Thomas Aquinas

What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship? Anais Nin Click to tweet

Best friends are the people you can do anything and nothing with and still have the best time.

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. Arnold H. Glasgow

True friendship is like sound health. The value of it is seldom known until it be lost. Charles Caleb Colton

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. Elizabeth Foley

A true friend is the most precious of all possessions and the one we take the least thought about acquiring. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Silence is the true friend that never betrays. Confucius Click to tweet

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.

True friendship consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and value. Ben Jonson

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else. Len Wein

The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes. Sallust

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. Henry Ford

Quotes About Friendship, Sadness, Tough Times, Ups And Downs

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Friends, though absent, are still present. Cicero Click to tweet

The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for. Bob Marley

There is a scarcity of friendship, but not of friends. Thomas Fuller

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship. Francis Bacon

Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. Stephen Chbosky

The best way to mend a broken heart is time and girlfriends. Gwyneth Paltrow

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. Euripides

Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give.

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. Henri Nouwen

When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. Edgar Watson Howe

Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life–and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next. Dean Koontz

The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. Barbara Kingsolver

Few friendships would survive if each one knew what his friend says of him behind his back. Blaise Pascal

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity. Charles Caleb Colton Click to tweet

Don’t feel bad if people remember you only when they need you. Feel privileged that you are like a candle that comes to their mind when there is darkness.

There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend. Katharine Butler Hathaway

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life. Thomas Jefferson

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships. Francis Bacon

Friendship has its illusions no less than love. Stendhal

Quotes About Friendship, Religion, God, The Bible, Spirituality

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Friends are God’s way of taking care of us. Click to tweet

For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. Saint Teresa of Avila

What a good favor God does to those he places in the company of good people! Saint Teresa of Avila

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Samuel 18:1

We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

In the spiritual life nowhere do our ideals meet the actual more truly than in how we relate to each other, in how we make, sustain and are friends. James Ishmael Ford

It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. Mahatma Gandhi

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals. 1 Corinthians 15:33

Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Hebrews 10:24

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. Luke 6:31

Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Proverbs 19:20

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17

The righteous person is a guide to his friend, but the path of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26

Iron sharpens iron; so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

Friends are the siblings God never gave us. Mencius

A faithful friend is the medicine of life. Ecclesiasticus 6:16 Click to tweet

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Quotes About Fake Friends

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True enemies are better than false friends. Matshona Dhliwayo Click to tweet

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. Martin Luther King Jr

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. Plutarch

No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. Alice Walker

Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with their sad, supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for their miserable lives. Paulo Coelho

Losing friends that are easily lost is no loss at all. The Stoic Emperor

It is difficult to say who do you the most mischief: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best. Edward Bulwer-Lytton

False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports. Richard Burton

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. Buddha

Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit. Socrates

Suspicion is the cancer of friendship. Petrarch

Quotes About Friendship, Time And Distance

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Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Dr. Seuss Click to tweet

There are friendships imprinted in our hearts that will never be diminished by time and distance. Dodinshy

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. Robert Brault

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. Washington Irving

Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that. Ally Condie

Those truly linked don’t need correspondence. When they meet again after many years apart, their friendship is as true as ever. Deng Ming-Dao

Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners. Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command. Ralph Waldo Emerson

It takes a long time to grow an old friend. John Leonard

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Quotes About Friendship And Jealousy

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Jealousy is the fear of comparison. Max Frisch Click to tweet

Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend’s success. Oscar Wilde

You can be the moon and still be jealous of the stars. Gary Allan

The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time. Johann Kaspar Lavater

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius. Fulton J. Sheen Click to tweet

He that is jealous is not in love. Augustine of Hippo

True friends stab you in the front. Oscar Wilde

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Quotes About Friendship, Trust And Respect

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One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. Euripides Click to tweet

Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings. Miles Franklin

Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I’ve ever thought I’d have. Ernie Banks

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship. Henry Ward Beecher

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship. Ralph Waldo Emerson

One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life. E. M. Forster

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Karl Menninger

You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job. Laurence J. Peter

Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports. Kenneth Branagh

There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity. Samuel Johnson

Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected. Charles Lamb

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Part 4. Quotes About Friendship From Movies And TV Shows

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Sesame Street

Sometimes me think, ‘What is friend?’ Then me say, ‘Friend is someone to share the last cookie with. Cookie Monster


Only a true friend would be that truly honest. Shrek


We will be friends until forever, just you wait and see. Winnie The PoohClick to tweet

We didn’t even realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun. Winnie The Pooh

If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Winnie The Pooh

I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Never, no, never. Your friendship is the best present ever. Tigger

Some people are worth melting for. Olaf

If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true. Cinderella

When I look at you, I can feel it. I look at you and I’m home. Dory

You’ve got a friend in me. Toy Story

We’re a family, we stick together. Toy Story

No matter what happens, you’ll always be a prince to me. Aladdin

I’ll miss you when I wake up. Alice In Wonderland

When you’re the best of friends having so much fun together… you’re not even aware, you’re such a funny pair. The Fox and The Hound

You and I are a team. Nothing is more important than our friendship. Monsters, Inc.

Every minute spent in your company becomes the new best moment of my life. Bolt

My dream wouldn’t be complete without you in it. The Princess And The Frog

Thelma & Louise

Louise, no matter what happens, I’m glad I came with you. Thelma

Sex And The City

We made a deal ages ago… men, babies, it doesn’t matter. We’re soulmates. Samantha

Game Of Thrones

Old stories are like old friends, she used to say. You have to visit them from time to time.

Lord Of The Rings

I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam. J.R.R. Tolkien

Harry Potter

It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends. Harry Potter

The Intouchables

Anyone can change your life, if you let them. The Intouchables


Friendship isn’t about being inseparable, but about being separated and knowing nothing will change. Ted

Anne of Green Gables

True friends are always together in spirit. Anne of Green Gables


The human spirit is more powerful than any drug and that is what needs to be nourished with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter. Awakenings


It’s an insane world but in it there is one sanity, the loyalty of old friends. Ben-Hur


An old friend is never an extra guest. Notorious

The Godfather

Keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer. The Godfather

Fast And Furious

The most important thing in life will always be the people in this room. Right here, right now. Dom Toretto

I don’t have friends, I have family. Dom Toretto Click to tweet

Good Will Hunting

Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first. Good Will Hunting

Part 5. Friendship Poems And Quotes That Rhyme

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Here together, friends forever. Some things were just meant to be, and that’s you and me. Winnie The Pooh

True friends are never apart. Maybe in distance but never in heart.

You give me reasons to smile and reasons to laugh, but most of all, you give me memories I could never forget.

Flowers will die, the sun will set, but you’re a friend I won’t forget. Your name is so precious, it will never grow old. It’s engraved in my heart in letters of gold.

At the end of every tunnel, there is a light somewhere, a light of hope and reason, and a light to guide us to the safety from the dark, to outstretched hands there. These hands hold out friendship, something everyone needs, for friendship brings a wealth much more than anything money can buy, for without this wealth, many of us would just shrivel up and die. David Harris

Don’t walk in front of me. I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me. I may not lead. Walk beside me, just be my friend. Albert Camus

Part 6. Conclusion

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The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this? Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet

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Wisdom is the ability to learn from change.

Age is no guarantee of maturity.

Sometimes it’s better to react with no reaction.

The quieter you become the more you can hear.

Follow your heart but take your brain with you.

Never make promises when you’re happy and never make decisions when you’re angry.

Laughing is the best medicine, but if you laugh without any reason, you need medicine.

If you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room.

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

Don’t waste your time with explanations. People only hear what they want to hear.

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless.

Wise people are not always silent, but they know when to be.

Anger is a feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten.

Be the type of person you want to meet.

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.

Never give someone the opportunity to waste your time twice.

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

Grades don’t measure intelligence and age doesn’t define maturity.

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

Never trust your tongue when your heart is bitter.

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.

We stopped checking for monsters under our bed when we realized they were inside us.

If you expect the world to be fair with you because you are fair, you’re fooling yourself. That’s like expecting the lion not to eat you because you didn’t eat him.

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist.

Once you’ve accepted your flaws. No one can use them against you.

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.

When you forgive, you heal. When you let go, you grow.

Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back. They are behind you for a reason.

If your absence doesn’t affect someone neither does your presence.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. Philosophy is wondering if that means ketchup is a smoothie.

To be rich, is not what you have in your bank account, but what you have in your heart.

In the end, you’ll realize the best thing in life is not something you can touch, but something you can feel.

Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have it when they take a bite out of you.

The same boiling water that soften the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.

Once you feel you are avoided by somebody never disturb them again.

Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.

Sometimes those who are heartless, once cared too much.

A hungry stomach, an empty wallet and a broken heart teach you the most valuable lessons in life.

Don’t burn your opportunities for a temporary comfort.

Forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, and laugh uncontrollably.

How you see your future is much more important than what has happened in your past.

The tallest mountain is still lower than the grass that grows on its top.

Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.

I cried because I had no shoes, then I met a man who had no feet.

People who do not understand your silence will never understand your words.

Sometimes those who don’t socialize much aren’t actually anti-social. They just have no tolerance for drama, stupidity, and fake people.

The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.

Getting high and drunk is just borrowing tomorrows happiness and you’re gonna have to pay it back.

The Meaning of Life in 15 Wise Quotes. 5. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” ―Nelson.

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External Links[edit]

  • [ Lucius Annaeus Seneca Quotes],

Note that current consensus, as seen on WQ:VP, is to not link to quote sites. Thanks ~ MosheZadka(Talk) 16:42, 29 July 2005 (UTC)

Quote format[edit]

The quotes in nested bullets (in particular the Epistles section) seemed to be too unorganized. I tried cleaning it up the following way:

When both Latin and its English translation is available for a quote, the Latin (italicized and followed by reference in parentheses ()) was placed in bullet level 1, then in the following line, the English translation was placed in bullet level 2.

If only one of Latin (italicized) or English is available, it was placed in level 1, also followed by a parenthesized reference.

--Immer in Bewegung 01:48, 24 April 2008 (UTC)

"Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment"[edit]

I find this quote at all the usual suspects, but is it legitimate, I've never seen it sourced? – OttoMäkelä (talk) 12:26, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

"True, False, Useful" Quote[edit]

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful" is attributed to Seneca at, question III. 22:31, 26 January 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the comment, but that link is broken. I realize that you can find many, many, MANY places on the internet that repeat this quote, yet not a single one of them say precisely where this quote comes from (They never say which of Seneca's works includes this passage). If you google the quote you find hudreds and hundreds of people who repeat it, but not a single one of them seems to know where it came from. This has become somewhat of a personal quest for me these last few days. I even went to the old-fashioned public library to see if I could sort this out, but without any success. I am always wary of internet-circulated quotes that don't offer a decent citation. The thing that makes me wonder if this quote is genuine is this...

The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful. - Edward Gibbon (1776)(Chapter II: The Internal Prosperity In The Age Of The Antonines.—Part I. Second Paragraph)
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful. - Seneca (ca. 4 BC –AD 65)
All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher. - Lucretius (94 BC - 49 BC)

Either a couple of these guys are plagiarist, or some internet fiend has been misattributing this quote and duping hundreds of other internet sites into thinking the quote is genuine. I can't find a proper citation for Lucretius either. Some sites say that the quote comes from his work On the Nature of Things. But I found a copy of this work[1] on the Internet and that quote wasn't in it. Something fishy is going on here. If these quotes are genuine, I want to accurately source them. If they aren't, we need to list them as "misattributed". - Big Brother 1984 22:11, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

I found a fairly comprehensive collection of Seneca's works here. I searched through every text they had available and could not find this passage. It's difficult to "prove a negative" and declare with certainty that Seneca never wrote these words, but I'm about ready to list this quote as "misattributed". I'll keep searching, though... - Big Brother 1984 00:02, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. I, ch. II:

"The policy of the emperors and the senate, as far as it concerned religion, was happily seconded by the reflections of the enlightened, and by the habits of the superstitious, part of their subjects. The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful. And thus toleration produced not only mutual indulgence, but even religious concord." [2]

Since Gibbon was writing here about the beliefs of the ancient Romans, it appears that what he wrote has ended up attributed to Roman authors. It's analogous to a very well-known quote that has often been attributed to Voltaire; but it turns out to have been said by an author who was merely summarizing Voltaire's beliefs. - InvisibleSun 00:38, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Something like that may be happening here. I ran into the same issue when I was trying to source a quote from Celsus -- Somebody had taken Origen's commentary on Celsus and attempted to guess what Celsus' original words were, then the quote began to circulate as Celsus' original words. But if the Seneca/Lucretius quotes are merely this kind of paraphrasing, they should be listed as misattributed.

But I do have some good news. According to this the two quotes (Seneca and Lucretius) come from a book by James Haught titled 2000 Years of Disbelief (Prometheus, 1996)[3]. I was able to determine where Haught got the Lucretius quote from. Luckily, the "look inside the book" feature let me see the Lucretius quote. It seems that Haught's source is a book by Ira D. Cardiff named What great men think of religion (New York, Arno Press, 1972 [c1945]) [4]. Now I just need to figure out where CarDiff found this quote.

As for Seneca's quote, it appears on page 21 of Haught's book, but the "free preview" ends with page 20. What a crock. The search continues... - Big Brother 1984 01:56, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

I found a copy of "What Great Men Think About Religion" by Ira D. Cardiff at the St. Louis Public Library. As far as I can tell, this book is THE source for both the Seneca quote and the similar passage by Lucretius. Unfortunately, the book doesn't include a bibliography. It doesn’t say explicitly where either of these quotes came from. The only clue to where these quotes came from can be found in the introduction to the book...

I was reared a Christian; was taught that good and great were, as a matter of course, always religious -- Christians to be sure.
Being a rather persistent and omnivorous reader, I, soon after reaching the age of discretion, began to discover that many of the great men of the past and present were not religious. In fact a great many seemed anti-religious.
After a time I commenced making note of some of the opinions of the great men and women with reference to religion, and I find after a number of years of this practice that I have accumulated a considerable number of such opinions - many of which are to me, exceedingly interesting.
[…]It is not maintained that they represent the thought of all great men, or of any certain group of class. The quotations are simply the gleanings from the desultory reading of a busy business man. - Ira D. Cardiff, introduction to "What Great Men Think About Religion" (1972 [c1945])

It appears that these quotes come from this "business man" who just found these quotes somewhere, and jotted them down in a little notebook -- but didn't bother to document where any of these quotes came from. Besides being a bit unscholarly, does this sound a litle fishy to anybody else? Every place on the internet that repeats this quote cites this book as a source (when they cite any source at all, that is). Is it possible that they've all been fooled by Dr. Cardiff? - Big Brother 1984 00:15, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

It is also cited in "The Great Quotations", p 627, George Seldes, Citadel Press, ISBN 0-8065-0817-5

Does it say where the quote comes from? The problem that I have with this quote is that have been unable to find it in any of Seneca's extant works. If Seneca did indeed write this line, I want to know where he wrote it. The same goes for the Lucretius quote as well. Books which merely repeat the quote don't do me any good. They all could be using the Cardiff book as a source. And as I explained above, this might not be a trustworthy source. - Big Brother 1984 23:27, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Do check the Lives of Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius. Many quotes and anecdotes related to the ancient greats are found in that book, but not in their extant works, due to those works being lost in time. E.

Thanks for the suggestion. But it appears that Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers contains nothing about Seneca nor Lucretius. And yes... I am STILL curious about this issue TWO-AND-A-HALF YEARS LATER. -- Big Brother 1984 20:07, 11 September 2009 (UTC)

I found a somewhat older source. "Little Journeys: To the homes of great philosophers" Volume 8 by Elbert Hubbard on page 79 (Google Books page link) published in 1916. Hubbard seems to be using the Edward Gibbon quote in some manner to show this sentiment. (I've not throughly looked at the source.) -- MicahDCochran 16:59, 7 November 2009 (UTC)

Here is the direct quote from Hubbard's book:

The Emperor was the head of the Church, and he usually encouraged the idea that he was something different from common men —that his mission was from On High and that he should be worshiped. Gibbon, making a free translation from Seneca, says, " Religion was regarded by the common people as true, by the philosophers as false, and by the rulers as useful."

It is the same quote except for it being in the past tense ("was") and using "philosophers" instead of wise. -- MicahDCochran 18:22, 7 November 2009 (UTC)
Possibly the earliest edition of this book (in volume 14) was printed in 1903 on page 60 (Google Books page link). It just seems to me that Hubbard is "making a free translation" of Gibbon. -- MicahDCochran 19:05, 7 November 2009 (UTC)

Just to say, wow, great work trying to find this. Thank you-- 00:14, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

A "free translation"? Dammit. It looks like this thing is just as genuine as my favorite Voltaire quote. But I still don't understand how Seneca got dragged into all of this.
The policy of the emperors and the senate, as far as it concerned religion, was happily seconded by the reflections of the enlightened, and by the habits of the superstitious, part of their subjects. The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful. And thus toleration produced not only mutual indulgence, but even religious concord.
History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire — Volume 1[5]
Why did Hubbard say that this passage by Gibbon was a "free translation" of Seneca? A free translation of what? The Gibbon passage appears to be the source of this quote, but Gibbon makes no mention of Seneca. It appears to be entirely Gibbon's own words. So why did Hubbard try to tie these words to Seneca? -- Big Brother 1984 04:25, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

I found a reference which sheds some light upon this discussion:

"The common worship was regarded," says Gibbon, "by the people as equally true, by the philosophers as equally false, and by the magistrates as equally useful." And this famous remark is little more than a translation from Seneca, who, after exposing the futility of the popular beliefs, adds: "And yet the wise man will observe them all, not as pleasing to the gods, but as commanded by the laws. We shall so adore all that ignoble crowd of gods which long superstition has heaped together in a long period of years, as to remember that their worship has more to do with custom than with reality." "Because he was an illustrious senator of the Roman people," observes St. Augustine, who has preserved for us this fragment, "he worshiped what he blamed, he did what he refuted, he adored that with which he found fault."

Wise, witty, eloquent kings of the platform and pulpit , edited by Melville De Lancey Landon, page 471. 23:15, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

It's been 6 years. Can we classify this quote as "misattributed" yet? -- Big Brother 1984 (talk) 07:29, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

I checked the Latin text of De Rerum Natura, it does not contain the quote attributed to Lucretius or anything like it. Not that the sentiment is entirely un-Lucretian, but this isn't even a reasonable gloss of anything he actually said. it's indeed amazing how these things spread on Internet.Fbunny (talk) 10:24, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

SOLUTION TO THE QUESTION: The quotation of Augustine found in Landon (ed.), Wise, witty, eloquent kings of the platform and pulpit," referenced above, is itself merely a reproduction of something written by Archdeacon F. W. Farrar (see id. (1894) "Seekers after God," p. 45). Farrar quotes from Augustine, "City of God" ("De civitate dei") Book 6, Chapter 10, where Augustine quotes Seneca, "De superstitione" (a lost text attested only by Augustine, as far as I know). Augustine does NOT give the Seneca quotation in question. In fact, the misattributed Seneca quotation REALLY belongs to Gibbon, "Decline and Fall," Chapter 2 (p. 56 in vol. 1 of the Womersley edition for Penguin), and it runs, "The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful." Gibbon's words get "quoted," usually inexactly, throughout the 19th-century. Farrar (o.c.) caused the confusion by quoting Gibbon (somewhat inaccurately) and then saying, "And this famous remark is little more than a translation from Seneca..." Gibbon was not REALLY translating from Seneca. Rather, Farrar merely thought the substance of Gibbon's remark accurately reflected the opinion of Seneca-as-quoted-by-Augustine (in DCD 6.10). From there, the careless took up what were originally Gibbon's words and attributed them to Seneca. Clear?

"... a little crazy" quote[edit]

Hey y'all.

A long time back I memorized and enjoyed a quote attributed to Seneca. It's got lots of gHits but can't find a reputable source that verifies.

"Aliquando et insanire iucundum est." My translation would be, "At times, it can even be [or "be even"] enjoyable to be crazy." Obviously variants may be superior. I would not translate it so loosely as to turn it into, "Sometimes, you feel like a nut. Ain't we got fun."

If anybody has a source for the Latin, the phrase appears widely on webpages, usually by people taking the crazy and the enjoyable far too seriously. Or not seriously enough. Thanks! Eh Nonymous

Aulus scripsit:

Adding to this, unless anyone can provide the specific notation (work, book, chapter and line) for this "quote" as well as the original Latin, said quote has to be treated as suspect, at the very least.

In short, if you are going to post quotes allegedly from Classical authors, claiming some nebulous skene of truth, be prepared to back it up with the original language and commonly accepted citation of its source. Anything less is just masturbatory exhibitionism. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) at 6:56 on January 21, 2008 (UTC)

Running the phrase Aliquando et insanire iucundum est through Google Book Search, I got a number of results, including the original source. As seen here, it's from Seneca, Dialogue IX, Ad Serenum De Tranquillitate Animi, 17.10: Sive Graeco poetae credimus, aliquando et insanire iucundum est. ("If we believe the Greek poet, sometimes it is even pleasant to be mad.") The translation I used here is from one of the other Google Book Search results (which can be seen in their totality here). - InvisibleSun 07:21, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

Not sure about that Seneca quote, but Horace says in Carmina IV, 12: 28: "Dulce est desipere in loco", which translates exatly as the phrase you are looking for. Knobkerrie 14:29, 13 September 2010 (UTC)

"Luck is what happens when..." Quote[edit]

This is listed on the wikiquote page on Luck but not here. Was this said by the Elder? Does anyone know more?

You mean the phrase: "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." I'm pretty sure it's not by Seneca (either of them). The oldest book on Google Book Search which ascribes this saying to Seneca is from 1999! [6]. Some earlier books ascribe the saying to either Darrell K. Royal (former American football player, born 1924) or Elmer G. Letterman (Insurance salesman and writer, 1897-1982). Both men probably made use of the saying, indeed Elmer Letterman seems to have written a book entitled "Elmer Letterman's Book of Useful Quotations" (1972). But this saying pre-dates Darrell Royal, and predates Letterman's professional career. The oldest instance I can find of a quote like it is from the 1912 Youth's companion: Volume 86, [7], where we find written "HE is lucky who realizes that "luck" is the point where preparation meets opportunity." I doubt that's the earliest instance of the quote, but I can't trace it any further back. Singinglemon 19:32, 30 September 2010 (UTC)
I found a discussion [8] which pointed to the possible source of this quote. In Seneca's On Benefits[9], he writes:

"The best wrestler," he would say, "is not he who has learned thoroughly all the tricks and twists of the art, which are seldom met with in actual wrestling, but he who has well and carefully trained himself in one or two of them, and watches keenly for an opportunity of practising them."

Obviously there is no mention of "luck," and it's worth noting that Seneca is quoting his friend w:Demetrius the Cynic. Singinglemon 21:59, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

Quote about Death[edit]

  • Death is the release from all pain and complete cessation, beyond which our suffering will not extend. It will return us to that condition of tranquility, which we had enjoyed before we were born. Should anyone mourn the deceased, then he must also mourn the unborn. Death is neither good nor evil, for good or evil can only be something that actually exists. However, whatever is of itself nothing and which transforms everything else into nothing will not all be able to put us at the mercy of Fate.

I am moving this quote from the main page to the Discussion page due to sourcing issues. Quote was originally added to the Unsourced section (November 2006); the link to a poster that was on sale at the bodyworldshop was added in 2008. This link is now broken and returns a 404 error. In searching for another source to cite, I found that A) a Google Books search turns up no matches, while B) a Google internet search finds occurrences such as Myspace pages, a Xanga Site page, funeral home Guestbooks and a blogspot, but nothing which has sourcing info or even material that could be used as a basis for further searches. Perhaps someone else can locate new sourcing for this quote, but so far, my efforts in this regard have been fruitless. CononOfSamos (talk) 20:51, 23 April 2011 (UTC)

It can be found in De Consolatione ad Marciam XIX.5. Original Latin from
Mors dolorum omnium exsolutio est et finis ultra quem mala nostra non exeunt, quae nos in illam tranquillitatem in qua antequam nasceremur iacuimus reponit. Si mortuorum aliquis miseretur, et non natorum misereatur. Mors nec bonum nec malum est; id enim potest aut bonum aut malum esse quod aliquid est; quod uero ipsum nihil est et omnia in nihilum redigit, nulli nos fortunae tradit.
I can't find the source of this exact translation. The essay doesn't appear in the popular Norton edition of Seneca's works, and Davie and Basore translate the passage slightly differently. Perhaps one of those kids on Myspace has a little Latin. - Calmypal 03:42, 8 May 2011 (UTC)
Congratulations & thanks to Calmypal for the above cite. You da man, Calmypal! Thanks to your info, I was able to locate the quote in question in a PDF download of Seneca's Minor Dialogues that I have on my computer. I will be adding this quote back to the main page as soon as I format it properly. CononOfSamos (talk) 23:34, 22 May 2011 (UTC)


Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations). Accordingly, I have removed the recently added section on the Seneca the Younger page. The associated quote has now been moved to a new section (Other Works) with the best sourcing information that I was able to locate. If anyone has additional information about this quote ("Toil to make yourself remarkable ..."), please add it to the main page or record it here: a specific text by L. Anneus Seneca, or the original Latin, would be nice. CononOfSamos (talk) 00:21, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

Progress quote[edit]

"The greater part of progress is the desire for progress." I saw this attributed to Seneca on a loading page. Is this correctly attributed?--Brainy J (talk) 00:41, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

Yes, "the greater part of progress is the desire to progress" is precisely how Richard Mott Gummere's translation reads [10] ; from Moral letters to Lucilius, letter 71, 36

Anger quote[edit]

Widely attributed to Seneca the Younger, on the web:

Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

I had a bit of a look on Google book search - there seems to be mention of it at least back to 1968, but that was a book of quotes for toastmakers (which sounds potentially unreliable) and I couldn't view the text for attribution details. Also couldn't find it on Wikisource. --Chriswaterguy (talk) 05:41, 31 August 2015 (UTC)

Very similar to these words from Moral letters to Lucilius, Letter 81, 22; translation by Richard Mott Gummere:

My master Attalus used to say: "Evil herself drinks the largest portion of her own poison." The poison which serpents carry for the destruction of others, and secrete without harm to themselves, is not like this poison; for this sort is ruinous to the possessor.

Cheers, IOHANNVSVERVS (talk) 18:31, 31 August 2015 (UTC)


Improperly sourced[edit]

  • Shun no toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other; yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely; for science is but one.
    • In Many Thoughts of Many Minds (1862), Henry Southgate (ed.), Griffin, Bohn, and Co. (London), p. 340.

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