THE friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel,
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch’d, unfledged comrade.
ONLY be admonished by what you already see, not to strike leagues of friendship with cheap persons, where no friendship can be. Our impatience betrays us into rash and foolish alliances which no God attends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
FOR where else is friendship than where faith is, where piety is, where there is an interchange of virtue, and none of other things than that?
WITHOUT Me friendship hath no strength, no continuance; neither is that love true and pure, which is not knit by Me.
Thomas A Kempis