If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.

Zig Ziglar – American author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur (1926-2012)

Watch children

Watching children grow up is a great delight. You see in them your own faults and your wife’s virtues, and that can be a very stabilizing influence.

Sir Peter Ustinov – English actor and writer (1921-2004)


Our record of persuading decent, intelligent people to stop doing dumb things is very poor. (Munger added, “Worse than poor.”) When people want to do something, they do it. When someone rises to be CEO, he doesn’t want to hear a shareholder telling him that his latest idea is dumb.

It’s better to be in a business with management you’re simpatico with than in a great business in which this isn’t the case.

We’ve learned more about human nature than understanding businesses in our long-term experience.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), at the general assembly 2001, Quotations book 2002


Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.

The Bible, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) – Quotations book 2016

Turn to

Ò δέ καθήμενος μετὰ ἀδελφῶν, οὐκ ὀφείλει εἶναι τετραγωνιαῖος, ἀλλὰ στρογγύλος, ἵνα πρὸς πάντας κυλίηται.

wisdom of Abbas Matoe – early Christian monk, as quotet in “The Words of the Fathers” (“Apophthegmata Patrum”), a book about the first Christian monks in Egypt (3rd to 5th century)

Real friendship

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

attributed to Walter Winchell – American journalist (1897-1972), Quotations book 2019

Friend – Ships

There are good ships, and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be.

Irish saying – Quotations book 2018


Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.

William H. “Bill” Gates – American Software entrepreneur, Microsoft (b. 1955)


A friendship founded on business is a good deal better than a business founded on friendship.

John D. Rockefeller – American oil magnate, sundays school teacher at at his time richest man of the world (1839-1937)


Always look for a neighbour before you look for a house.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2007

Le sourire

Il est un bon moyen de se créer une âme amicale : le sourire. … Le sourire large, net. …
Savoir sourire : quelle force ! Force d’apaisement, force de douceur, de calme, force de rayonnement.

Guy de Larigaudie – scout et écrivain français (1908-1940), de Étoile au grand large” (postum 1943)


There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.

Proverb, seen at Linda Grayson – American entrepreneur (Printwick Papers), often falsely attributed to Charles Dickens


You can find out more about someone in an hours play than during a year of discussing..

Plato – Greek philosopher (ca. 428-348 BC), Quotations book 2002

True friendship

You only love your friend truly, when you love God in your friend, either because he is in him, or in order that he may be in him.

Augustine of Hippo – known as Aurelius Augustinus, early Christian theologian and philosopher, one of the four Latin Doctors of Church (354-430), Sermon 336,2


Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… it has no survival value; rather, it is one of those things that give value to survival..

C. S. Lewis – British writer (1898-1963)


Marriage is the beginning and the pinnacle of culture.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-1832), from “Elective Affinities”, part one, chapter nine (1809)


Christians, like snowflakes, are fail,
but when they stick together they can stop traffic.

Dr. Vance Havner – American pastor and author (1901-1986)

What matters

One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.

Dr. Forest E. Witcraft – American Scholar and boy scout(1894-1967), from “Within My Power” (1950), Quotations book 2003


FAMILY = Father And Mother, I Love You

from the dictionary


You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

Indira Gandhi – Indian politician, 1966-77 and 1980-84 Prime Minister (1917-1984), Quotations book 2014


Integrity has no need for rules.

Albert Camus – Frech philosopher and writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1957 (1913-1960), from “The Myth of Sisyphos” (“Le mythe de Sisyphe”, 1942), Zitateheft 2009


Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur.

Quintus Ennius – Roman writer (239-169 B.C.), quoted by Marcus Tullius Cicero (Roman politician, 106-43 B.C.) in “Laelius de amicitia” (44 B.C.), Quotations book 2016

Happy life

Happy wife – Happy life

American men’s wisdom

Value of joy

To get full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), from “Following the Equator” (“Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar”, chapter XLVIII, 1897), Quotations book 2021


Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.

Wisdom – Quotations book 2016

Friend and enemy

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales – Spanish philosopher and writer (1601-1658), Quotations book 2006


God does not give you a wife to frustrate you but to complement you.

Howard G. Hendricks – American Professor at the Dallas Theological Seminary (1924-2013), Quotations book 2008

Free of depts

Neither a borrower or lender be,
for loan oft(en) loses both itself and friend,
and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

William Shakespeare – English writer (1564-1616), in “Hamlet”, 1st act, Scene 3 “Polonius”(1603), Zitateheft 2012


Ὧν ἡ σοφία παρασκευάζεται εἰς τὴν τοῦ ὅλου βίου μακαριότητα, πολὺ μέγιστόν ἐστιν ἡ τῆς φιλίας κτῆσις.

Epicurus from Samos – Greek philosopher (341-270 B. C.); from “Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers” (Book ten, Epicurus) by Diogenes Laërtius (Greek historian and doxographer, 3rd century CE)


Everyone sees a piece of the world, together we see the whole.



Comme donc ceux qui tirent le gravier du Tage en séparent l’or qu’ils y trouvent pour l’emporter, et laissent le sable sur le rivage, de même ceux qui ont la communication de quelque bonne amitié doivent en séparer le sable des imperfections, et ne le point laisser entrer en leur âme.

François de Sales – fondateur de l’ordre, mystique et évêque de Genève de 1602-22 (1567-1622), de “Introduction à la vie dévote”, troisième partie de l’Introduction “Contenant plusieurs avis touchant l’exercice des vertus”, ​Chapitre XXII “Quelques autres advis sur le sujet des amitiés” (1609)


The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), from his essay “Friendship” (1841), Quotations book 2021


Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester – English writer (1647-1680)


Friendship is like a track on the sand, it vanishes if not consistently re-done.

from Kamerun