The best time to make friends is before you need them.
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.
Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.
Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?