Best friends, old-time buddies, school friends, casual friends, life long pals—friendships are vital to an emotionally healthy life. Quantity isn’t as important as quality, even a loner needs a friend or two.

In You Are Who You Meet-The Importance of Friends, we began a new series of posts on friendship. In this post we’ve chosen 18 quotes about friends, and next time we’ll talk about some of them in terms of emotional well-being and mental health.

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas Jefferson

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love. Hubert Humphrey

As iron sharpens iron so a friend sharpens a friend. King Solomon

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. Arnold Glasow

The bird a nest; the spider a web; man friendship. William Blake

Talk to God as you would with your best friend. Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

My friends are my estate. Emily Dickinson

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. George Washington

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

It is not a lack of love but a lack of friendship that creates unhappy marriages. Friedrich Nietzsche

When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. E. W. Howe

It’s not hard to push a person away. The real work is to draw him close and uplift him. Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success. Doug Larson

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. Euripides

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends? Abraham Lincoln

The best time to make friends is before you need them. Ethel Barrymore

Friendship with ones self is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world. Eleanor Roosevelt

You win the victory when you yield to friends. Sophocles