Shakespeare Quotations on Friendship
Keep thy friend
Under thy own life’s key.
(All’s Well That Ends Well 1.1.65-6), Countess to Bertram
Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel.
(Hamlet 1.3.62-3), Polonius to Laertes
A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities.
(Julius Caesar 4.3.85), Cassius to Brutus
Friendship is constant in all things
Save in the office and affairs of love.
(Much Ado About Nothing 2.1.166-7), Claudio
I count myself in nothing else so happy
As in a soul remembering my good friends.
(Richard II) 2.3.46-7, Bolingbroke to Percy
The band that seems to tie their friendship together will be the very strangler of their amity.
(Antony and Cleopatra 2.6.150), Enobarbus
To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes,
Recanting goodness, sorry ere ’tis shown;
But where there is true friendship, there needs none.
(Timon of Athens 1.2.20), Timon
I desire you in friendship, and I will one way or other make you amends.
(The Merry Wives of Windsor 3.1.133), Antonio
To mingle friendship far is mingling bloods.
(The Winter’s Tale 1.2.135), Leontes
Thy friendship makes us fresh.
(1 Henry VI 3.3.87), Charles to the Bastard of Orleans
Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice
And could of men distinguish her election,
Sh’ath sealed thee for herself.
(Hamlet 3.2.75-7), Hamlet to Horatio
I would not wish
Any companion in the world but you.
(The Tempest 3.1.60-1), Miranda to Ferdinand
If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not
As to thy friends; for when did friendship take
A breed for barren metal of his friend?
(The Merchant of Venice 1.3.133), Antonio to Shylock
There is flattery in friendship.
(Henry V 3.7.102), Constable to Orleans
That which I would discover
The law of friendship bids me to conceal.
(The Two Gentlemen of Verona 3.1.5-6), Proteus to the Duke
Love, friendship, charity, are subjects all
To envious and calumniating time.
(Troilus and Cressida 3.3.180-1), Ulysses to Achilles