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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
A clear bargain, a dear friend.  Italian.  1
A courageous is better than a cowardly friend.  2
A fair weather friend changes with the wind.  Spanish, Portuguese.  3
A faithful friend is the true image of the deity.  Napoleon.  4
A false friend and a shadow attend only when the sun shines.  Franklin.  5
A false friend has honey in his mouth, gall in his heart.  German.  6
A false friend is worse than an open enemy.  German.  7
A lather is a treasure, a brother a comfort, but a friend is both.  8
A foe to God was never true friend to man.  Young.  9
A friend and look to thyself.  10
A friend as far as conscience allows.  11
A friend at one’s back is a safe bridge.  Dutch.  12
A friend cannot be known in prosperity nor an enemy be hidden in adversity.  13
A friend in need is a friend in deed.  14
A friend in the market is better than money in the chest.  15
A friend is best found in adversity.  16
A friend is better than money in the purse.  Dutch.  17
A friend is never known till needed.  18
A friend is not known till he is lost.  19
A friend is not so soon gotten as lost.  20
A friend is often best known by his loss.  German.  21
A friend is one who jumps down and puts on the drag when he finds you are going down hill too fast.  Punch.  22
A friend is to be taken with his faults.  Portuguese.  23
A friend—one soul, two bodies.  Oriental.  24
A friend should bear a friend’s infirmities.  Shakespeare.  25
A friend that you buy with presents will be bought from you.  26
A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.  Spanish.  27
A friend to my table and wine is no good neighbor.  French.  28
A friend without faults will never be found.  29
A friend’s dinner is soon dressed.  Dutch.  30
A friend’s faults should be known but not abhorred.  Portuguese.  31
A friend’s faults may be noticed but not blamed.  Danish.  32
A friend’s frown is better than a fool’s smile.  33
A good friend is better than silver and gold.  Dutch.  34
A good friend is my nearest relation.  35
A good friend never offends.  36
A good-natured friend is often only an enemy in disguise.  Punch.  37
A man may see his friend need but winna see him bleed.  38
A man without a friend is only half a man.  39
A plaster house, a horse at grass,
A friend in words, are all mere grass.  Dutch.
A ready way to lose your friend is to lend him money.  41
A reconciled friend is a double enemy.  42
A rich friend is a treasure.  43
A sure friend is known in a doubtful case.  44
A table friend is changeable.  French.  45
A thousand friends are few, one foe many.  Turkish.  46
A treacherous friend is the most dangerous enemy.  Fielding.  47
A true friend does sometimes venture to be offensive.  48
A true friend is above all things sure capital.  German.  49
A true friend is better than a relation.  Turkish.  50
A true friend is forever a friend.  Geo. McDonald.  51
A true friend is known in the day of adversity.  Turkish.  52
A true friend is the nectar of life.  Tamil.  53
Admonish your friends in private, praise them in public.  Publius Syrus.  54
Aft counting keeps friends lang thegither.  55
Ah! how good it feels, the hand of an old friend.  Longfellow.  56
All are not friends who speak one fair.  57
An old friend is better than two new ones.  German, Russian.  58
An untried friend is like an uncracked nut.  Russian.  59
At weddings and funerals friends are discovered from kinsfolk.  60
Avoid a friend who covers you with his wings and destroys you with his beak.  Spanish.  61
Be a friend to thyself and others will be so too.  62
Be blind to the failings of your friends but never to their vices.  Tacitus.  63
Behold thy friend and of thyself the pattern see.  64
Before you make a friend eat a peck of salt with him.  Scotch.  65
Better a good friend than silver and gold.  German.  66
Better an open enemy than a false friend.  Danish.  67
Better foes than hollow friends.  Shakespeare.  68
Better have a friend on the road than gold or silver in your purse.  French.  69
Better have a friend in the market-place than money in your coffer.  Portuguese.  70
Between two friends, a notary and two witnesses.  Spanish.  71
Beware of a reconciled friend as of a devil.  Spanish.  72
Bought friends are not friends in deed.  73
By requiting one friend we invite many.  74
Can’t I be your friend, but I must be your fool too?  75
Defend me from my friends, I can defend myself from my enemies.  Marechal Villars.  76
Desertion of a calumniated friend is an immoral action.  Dr. Johnson.  77
Even reckoning keeps long friends.  78
Everybody’s companion is nobody’s friend.  German.  79
Everybody’s friend and nobody’s friend is all one.  Spanish, Portuguese.  80
Everybody’s friend is everybody’s fool.  German, Dutch, Danish.  81
Eye-friend, false friend;—eye-friend, back enemy.  German.  82
Faithful are the wounds of a friend.  Bible.  83
Fall not out with a friend for a trifle.  84
Fall sick and you will see who is your friend and who is not.  Spanish.  85
Familiar paths and old friends are the best.  German.  86
False friends are worse than open enemies.  87
Few there are that will endure a true friend.  88
Fire and water are not more necessary than friends are.  89
Fresh fish and poor friends grow soon ill-fav’r’d.  90
Friends agree best at a distance.  French.  91
Friends and mules fail us at hard passes.  Gallician.  92
Friends are far from a man who is unfortunate.  Latin.  93
Friends are like fiddle strings: they must not be screwed too tight.  94
Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why?
To find one good you must a hundred try.  Claude Mermet.
Friends are not so soon got or recovered as lost.  96
Friends are the nearest relations.  97
Friends become foes and foes are reconciled.  Latin.  98
Friends got without desert are lost without cause.  99
Friends living far away are no friends.  Greek.  100
Friends may meet but mountains never greet.  101
Friends need no formal invitation.  102
Friends tie their purse with a cobweb thread.  Italian.  103
Give out that you have many friends and believe that you have but few.  French.  104
Go slowly to the entertainments of thy friends and quickly to their misfortunes.  Chilo.  105
God keep me from my friends, from my enemies I will keep myself.  Italian.  106
Good neighbors and true friends are two things.  107
Happy men shall have many friends.  108
Have but few friends though much acquaintance.  109
He is a fair weather friend.  110
He is my friend who grinds at my mill.  Spanish, Portuguese.  111
He is my friend that succoreth me, not he that pitieth me.  112
He is no friend that eats his own by himself and mine with me.  Portuguese.  113
He makes no friend who never made a foe.  Tennyson.  114
He never was a friend who ceased to be so for a slight cause.  Portuguese.  115
He never was a friend who has ceased to be one.  French.  116
He is a friend at sneezing time, the most that can be got from him is a “God bless you.”  Italian.  117
He that seeks to have many friends never has any.  Italian.  118
He that trusts a faithless friend has a good witness against him.  Spanish.  119
He that would have many friends should try a few of them.  Italian.  120
He who cannot counterfeit a friend, can never be a dangerous enemy.  121
He who for his own sake would expose a friend deserves not to have one.  Rousseau.  122
He who has a good nest finds good friends.  Portuguese.  123
He who has a thousand friends, has not a friend to spare,
He who has one enemy shall meet him everywhere.  Persian.
He who has many friends has no friends.  Aristotle.  125
He who has no enemy has no friend.  German.  126
He who is everybody’s friend is either very poor or very rich.  Spanish.  127
He who is his own friend is a friend to all men.  Seneca.  128
He who is wanting but to one friend loseth a great many by it.  129
He who makes friends of all keeps none.  130
He is a good friend that speaks well of us behind our backs.  131
Here’s to our friends and hang up the rest of mankind.  132
Hit him again, he has no friends.  133
I am on good terms with the friend who eats his bread with me.  Spanish.  134
I was wounded in the house of my friends.  Bible.  135
I will be thy friend but not thy vices’ friend.  136
I would rather have a dog my friend than enemy.  German.  137
If you had had fewer friends and more enemies you had been a better man.  138
If you have one true friend you have more than your share.  139
If you want enemies excel others, if you want friends let others excel you.  140
If you wanted me an’ your meat, you would want a gude freende.  141
In time of prosperity friends will be plenty.
In time of adversity not one amongst twenty.
It is a good friend that is always giving though it be never so little.  143
It is as bad to have too many friends as no friend at all.  Latin.  144
It is better to decide a difference between enemies than friends, for one of our friends will certainly become an enemy, and one of our enemies a friend.  Bias.  145
It is good to have friends everywhere.  146
It is important but not easy to distinguish a true friend from an agreeable enemy.  Petrarch.  147
It is more disgraceful to suspect our friends than to be deceived by them.  French.  148
It is no small grief to a good nature to try his friends.  Euripides.  149
It is no use hiding from a friend what is known to an enemy.  Danish.  150
Keep your mouth and keep your friend.  Danish.  151
Let him who is wretched and beggared try everybody and then his friend.  Italian.  152
Let not one enemy be little in thy eyes, nor a thousand friends be many in thy sight.  Hebrew.  153
Let our friends perish provided our enemies fall with them. (An atrocious maxim of the Greeks and Romans.)  154
Let us be friends and put out the devil’s eyes.  155
Let us be friends, let our purses be at variance.  Modern Greek.  156
Little intermitting makes gude freends.  157
Make no friend of thy thrall.  Northmen.  158
Make not thy friend too cheap to thee, nor thyself to thy friend.  159
Many a man is a good friend but a bad neighbor.  Danish.  160
Many friends and few helpers in need.  German.  161
Many humble servants but not one true friend.  162
Many kinsfolk, few friends.  163
May God not prosper our friends that they forget us.  Spanish.  164
My friend is he who helps me in time of need.  German.  165
My friend’s enemy is often my best friend.  German.  166
No better friend than the man himself.  German.  167
No friend a friend until he shall prove a friend.  Beaumont and Fletcher.  168
No longer foster, no longer friend.  169
Nothing is more annoying than a tardy friend.  Plautus.  170
Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend. (This maxim is illustrated by the fable of the bear and the man.)  La Fontaine.  171
Old friends and new reckonings.  French.  172
Old friends are best.  Selden.  173
Old friends and old ways ought not to be disdained.  Danish.  174
Old friends and old wine are best.  175
Old friends are not to be paid with gold.  German.  176
Old tunes are sweetest and old friends are surest.  177
On the choice of friends our good or evil name depends.  Gray.  178
One enemy can harm you more than a hundred friends can do you good.  German.  179
One enemy is too much for a man in a great post and a hundred friends are too few.  180
One God no more, but friends good store.  181
One seldom finds white ravens and true friends.  German.  182
One should fly a laughing enemy and a flattering friend.  German.  183
Prove thy friends ere thou have need.  184
Rather have a little one for your friend, than a great one for your enemy.  Italian.  185
Save me from my friends.  186
So long as fortune sits at the table friends sit there.  German.  187
Sweet language will multiply friends.  Spectator.  188
Tell nothing to thy friend which thy enemy may not know.  Danish.  189
Tell your friend your secret and he will set his foot on your neck.  Italian, Spanish, Portuguese.  190
The best friend often becomes the worst enemy.  German.  191
The best looking-glass is an old friend.  German.  192
The best of friends must part.  193
The enemy of my friend is often my best friend.  German.  194
The false friend is like the shadow of a sundial.  French.  195
The friend looks at the head, the enemy at the foot.  Turkish.  196
The friends thou hast and their adoption tried,
Grapple to thy soul with hooks of steel.  Shaksespeare.
The goods of friends are in common.  Pythagoras.  198
The greatest affliction that can befall a man is the unkindness of a friend.  Fielding.  199
The greatest blessing is a pleasant friend.  Horace.  200
The hireling is gained by money, the true friend by an obliging behavior.  Chinese.  201
The interested friend is a swallow on the roof. (Prepared to leave on the appearance of winter.)  French.  202
The oldest friend is the best friend for a man.  Plautus.  203
The only way to have a friend is to be one.  Emerson.  204
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.  Holmes.  205
The voice is powerful of a faithful friend.  Homer.  206
There is no living without friends.  Portuguese.  207
There is no more hold of a new friend than of a new fashion.  208
There’s no living without friends.  Portuguese.  209
They are rich who have friends.  Spanish, Portuguese, Latin.  210
They are rich who have true friends.  211
They cease to be friends who dwell afar off.  Latin.  212
’Tis easier to preserve a friend than to recover him when lost.  213
To a friend’s house the road is never long.  Danish.  214
To be every one’s friend is to be every one’s fool.  German.  215
To preserve a friend three things are required: to honor him present, praise him absent, and assist him in his necessities.  Italian.  216
Treat your friend as if you knew that he will one day become your enemy.  Laberius.  217
Trust not the praise of a friend nor the contempt of an enemy.  Italian.  218
Try your friend ere you trust him.  219
Try your friend with a falsehood and if he keep it a secret tell him the truth.  Italian.  220
Unless you bear with the faults of a friend you betray your own.  Publius Syrus.  221
We can live without a brother but not without a friend.  German.  222
We can live without our friends but not without our neighbors.  223
We must ask what is proper from our friends.  Cicero.  224
We shall never have friends if we expect to have them without fault.  225
We should behave toward our friends, as we should wish them to behave toward us.  Aristotle.  226
We should have many well wishers but few friends.  Spectator.  227
When a friend asketh there is no to-morrow.  Spanish.  228
When friends meet, hearts warm.  229
When good cheer is lacking, our friends will be packing.  230
When there are two friends to one purse, the one sings, the other weeps.  Spanish.  231
Where friends, there riches.  German, Portuguese.  232
Where shall a man have a worse friend than he brings from home?  233
Where two faithful friends meet, God makes up a third.  234
Wherever you see your friend trust yourself.  235
Wherever you see your kindred, make much of your friends.  236
Who has no friends only half lives.  German.  237
Who has true friends is rich.  German.  238
Who in want a hollow friend doth try,
Directly seasons him his enemy.  Shakespeare.
Who makes friends of all keeps none.  German.  240
Who would have many friends let him test but few.  Italian.  241
Without a friend the world is a wilderness.  242
Your candid friend has never anything pleasant to say to you; he reminds you of his pet virtue by wounding you with it.  243

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