Famous Friendship Poems
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Famous Friendship Poems

These famous friendship poems and musings are ideal for quoting in birthday cards or reading out at a friend's birthday party.

They highlight the importance of friends and remind us that friendship has been crucial in our lives since time immemorial.

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Small Service by William Wordsworth

Small service is true service while it lasts
Of friends, however humble, scorn not one;
The daisy, by the shadow that it casts,
Protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun.

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Oh, the comfort . . . By George Elliot

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort,
Of feeling safe with a person; having neither
To weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to
Pour them all out just as they are chaff and
Grain together, knowing that a faithful hand
Will take and sift them, keep what is worth
Keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness,
Blow the rest away.

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Old Friends by Horace Walpole

Old friends are the great blessing of one’s latter years. Half a word conveys one’s meaning. They have a memory of the same events, and have the same mode of thinking. I have young relations that may grow upon me, for my nature is affectionate, but can they grow old friends?

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Old Coats, Old Friends - by Victor Hugo

My coat and I live comfortably together. It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere, has moulded itself on my deformities, and is complacent to all my movements, and I only feel its presence because it keeps me warm. Old coats and old friends are the same thing.

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Without Friends by Aristotle
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods; even rich people, and those in possession of office and of dominating power are though to need friends most of all; for what is the use of such prosperity without the opportunity of beneficence, which is exercised chiefly and in its most laudable form towards friends?

Or how can prosperity be guarded and preserved without friends? The greater it is, the more exposed it is to risk. And in poverty and in other misfortunes people think friends are the only refuge.

It helps the young, too, to keep from error; it aids older people by ministering to their needs and supplementing the activities that are failing from weakness; those in the prime of life it stimulates to noble actions . . . for which friends people are more able both to think and to act.


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