A Baker’s Dozen of Quotes for Friendships Well-Done.

Via Marthe Weyandt
on Jun 1, 2012
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Do you want to have a friend? Be a friend.

1. “A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” ~ Albert Einstein

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

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

4. “If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.” ~ Dalai Lama

5. “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

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

7. “Always forgive your enemies—nothing annoys them so much.” ~ Oscar Wilde

8. “The struggle of my life created empathy—I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

9. “Avoid popularity if you would have peace.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

10. “He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” ~ Winston Churchill

11. “Allow the world to live as it chooses, and allow yourself to live as you choose.” ~ Richard Bach

12. “When a man’s best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.” ~ Edward Abbey

13. “Put a rose in a sack of fish and soon the rose will start to stink too. Be careful of the company you keep.” ~ His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorje

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About Marthe Weyandt

Marthe Weyandt is a Pittsburgh-based yoga instructor and freelance writer. She enjoys traveling and spending time in the great outdoors. She is currently learning to play guitar, albeit badly and at frequencies only dogs can hear. She believes in the power of the word, creatively and lovingly rendered, to create positive change in the world. She has a Bachelor’s in English and Religion from Dickinson College and a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. She spent two years as an English instructor with the United States Peace Corps in Madagascar. Check out some of her other work here.


4 Responses to “A Baker’s Dozen of Quotes for Friendships Well-Done.”

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