14 Quotes on friendship from Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Friendship requires that rare mean betwixt likeness and unlikeness, that piques each with the presence of power and of consent in the other party.

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

The essence of friendship is entireness, a total magnanimity and trust.

Our friends early appear to us as representatives of certain ideas, which they never pass or exceed.

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

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 they discover that someone else believes in them and is willing to trust them with their friendship.

The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.

A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

A friend may be nature’s most magnificent creation.

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

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

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.