Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is slow-ripening fruit.
The friendship that can cease has never been real.
- Saint Jerome, Letter
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True 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
Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendship and intimacies, and soon their places will know them no more, and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to keep by force of inertia.
- William James
True friendship is never serene.
- Marie de Rabutin-Chantal
True friendship is seen through the heart not through the eyes.
I do not believe the expenditure of $2.50 for a book entitles the purchaser to the personal friendship of the author.
- Evelyn Waugh
A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.
- Pam Brown