„Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition.“
— John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
— Thomas Aquinas Italian Dominican scholastic philosopher of the Roman Catholic Church 1225 - 1274
„There are lots of women who are attracted to tyrannical men. Like moths to a flame. And there are some women who do not need a hero or even a stormy lover but a friend. Just remember that when you grow up. Steer clear of the tryant lovers, and try to locate the ones who are looking for a man as a friend, not because they are feeling empty themselves but because they enjoy making you full too. And remember that friendship between a woman and a man is something much more precious and rare than love: love is actually something quite gross and even clumsy compared to friendship. Friendship includes a measure of sensitivity, attentiveness, generosity, and a finely tuned sense of moderation.“
— Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness
„What nobler relationship than that of friend? What nobler compliment can man bestow than friendship?“
— Manly P. Hall Canadian writer and mystic 1901 - 1990
Context: What nobler relationship than that of friend? What nobler compliment can man bestow than friendship? The bonds and ties of the life we know break easily, but through eternity one bond remains — the bond of fellowship — the fellowship of atoms, of star dust in its endless flight, of suns and worlds, of gods and men. The clasped hands of comradeship unite in a bond eternal — the fellowship of spirit.
— Jeff Buckley American singer, guitarist and songwriter 1966 - 1997
„There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.“
— Washington Irving writer, historian and diplomat from the United States 1783 - 1859
— Woodrow Wilson American politician, 28th president of the United States (in office from 1913 to 1921) 1856 - 1924
Red Cross Speech http://books.google.com/books?id=f6l-dsvnjhEC&pg=PA406&dq=%22Friendship+is+the+only+cement%22, New York (18 May 1918)
„We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.“
— Orson Welles American actor, director, writer and producer 1915 - 1985
— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 до н.э.
„Your life will be good and secure when aliveness will mean more to you than security; love more than money; your freedom more than party line or public opinion“
— Wilhelm Reich Austrian-American psychoanalyst 1897 - 1957
Context: You beg for happiness in life, but security is more important to you, even if it costs you your spine or your life. Your life will be good and secure when aliveness will mean more to you than security; love more than money; your freedom more than party line or public opinion; when your thinking will be in harmony with your feelings; when the teachers of your children will be better paid than the politicians; when you will have more respect for the love between man and woman than for a marriage license.
„To love can mean 'to love oneself,' and often love is no more than a juxtaposition of two solitudes.“
— Pope Paul VI 262nd Pope of the Catholic Church 1897 - 1978
— Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890