Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Give me the avow’d, the erect, the manly foe,
Bold I can meet—perhaps may turn his blow;
But of all plagues, good heaven, thy wrath can send,
Save, save, oh! save me from the candid friend.
Canning.—New Morality. Rede’s Memoir of Canning, Page 80.

’Tis thus that on the choice of friends
Our good or evil name depends.
Gay.—The Old Woman and her Cats, Part I. Fable XXIII. Line 9.

A lost good name is ne’er retriev’d.
Gay.—The Fox Dying, Part I. Fable XXIX. Line 46.

Thou dost conspire against thy friend, Iago,
If thou but think’st him wrong’d, and mak’st his ear
A stranger to thy thoughts.
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act III. Scene 3. (The Moor.)

Eternal blessings crown my earliest friend,
And round his dwelling guardian saints attend.
Goldsmith.—The Traveller, Line 11.

To virtue only and her friends, a friend.
Pope.—Book II. Sat. I., To Fortescue, Line 121.

To friends a friend.
Longfellow.—Coplas de Manrique.

I am not of that feather, to shake off
My friend when he most needs me. I do know him,
A gentleman that well deserves a help,
Which he shall have: I’ll pay the debt and free him.
Shakespeare.—Timon of Athens, Act I. Scene 1. (Timon to the servant of Ventidius.)

And for his friend, his very crook he sold.
Shenstone.—Elegy III. Verse 5.

What need we have any friends, if we should ne’er have need of them?
Shakespeare.—Timon of Athens, Act I. Scene 2. (Timon.)

An open foe may prove a curse,
But a pretended friend is worse.
Gay.—Fable XVII. Line 33.

Who dares think one thing, and another tell,
My heart detests him as the gates of hell.
Pope.—The Iliad, Book X. Line 412.

Friends I have made, whom envy must commend,
But not one foe whom I would wish a friend.
Churchill.—The Conference, Line 297.

Poor is the friendless master of a world:
A world in purchase for a friend is gain.
Dr. Young.—Night II. Line 572.

A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities.
Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act IV. Scene 3. (Cassius to Brutus.)

Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not.
Proverbs, Chap. xxvii. Ver. 19.

To God, thy country, and thy friend be true.
Vaughan.—Rules and Lessons, Verse 8.

Keep thy friend under thy own life’s key.
Shakespeare.—All’s Well that Ends Well, Act I. Scene 1. (The Countess to Bertram.)

If any touch my friend, or his good name,
It is my honour and my love to free
His blasted fame
From the least spot or thought of blame.
George Herbert.—The Temple, Unkindness.

For to cast away a virtuous friend, I call as bad as to cast away one’s own life, which one loves best.
Buckley’s Sophocles.—Œdipus Tyrannus, Page 22.

Whoever knows how to return a kindness he has received, must be a friend above all price.
Buckley’s Sophocles.—Philoctetes, Page 309.

What good man is not his own friend?
Buckley’s Sophocles.—Œdipus Colo., Page 64.

No friend’s a friend till he shall prove a friend.
Beaumont and Fletcher.—The Faithful Friends, Act III. Scene 3.

The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
And proves by thumps upon your back,
How he esteems your merit,
Is such a friend that one had need
Be very much his friend indeed,
To pardon or to bear it.

To buy his favour I extend this friendship:
If he will take it, so; if not, adieu;
And, for my love, I pray you wrong me not.
Shakespeare.—Merchant of Venice, Act I. Scene 3. (Shylock to Antonio.)

Alike above your friendship or your hate,
Here, here I tower triumphant.
Dr. Dodd.—Thoughts in Prison, Second Week.

Smile at the doubtful tide of Fate,
And scorn alike her friendship and her hate.
Stepney.—From Horace, Book IV. Ode 9.

Friendship by sweet reproof is shown
(A virtue never near a throne):
In courts such freedom must offend;
There none presumes to be a friend.
Gay.—Fable I. Line 9.

The dart that deepest to my bosom went,
Flew from the bow pretended friendship bent.
Robert Noyes.—Distress.

And what is friendship but a name,
A charm that lulls to sleep;
A shade that follows wealth or fame,
And leaves the wretch to weep?
Goldsmith.—The Hermit, Verse 19.

Who friendship with a knave hath made,
Is judg’d a partner in the trade.
Gay.—Fable XXIII.

A sudden thought strikes me,
Let us swear an eternal friendship.
Canning.—(See the Play of “The Rovers,” in the Antijacobin.)

Friendship, like love, is but a name,
Unless to one you stint the flame.
Gay.—Fable LIX., Line 1.

Friendship is constant in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love.
Shakespeare.—Much Ado About Nothing, Act II. Scene 1. (Claudio.)

A generous friendship no cold medium knows,
Burns with one love, with one resentment glows;
One should our interests and our passions be,
My friend must hate the man that injures me.
Pope’s Homer.—The Iliad, Book IX. Line 725.

Friendship’s the wine of life.
Dr. Young.—Night II. Line 582.

But a few friendships wear, and let them be
By nature and by fortune fit for thee.
Cowley.—Martial, Book IX. Epigram 47.

Are such the friendships we contract in life?
O, give me then the friendship of a wife!
Adieus, nay, parting pains to us are sweet,
They make so glad the moments when we meet.
Crabbe.—Tales of the Hall, Book XXII. Par. 8.