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Proverbs containing the word Friend

When I lent I had a friend; when I asked he was unkind

This means the same as 'Lend your money and lose your friend'. See also Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

Success has many friends

Those who have won big prizes in the pools will doubtless agree with this! From the social rather than the financial angle, a successful man... Read more →

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them

It is not until a rich man has come down in the world that he knows who are his real friends.

No news is good news

Bad news is an urgent matter and people usually write off at once to tell their relatives or friends. Good news, of course, can be just as... Read more →

May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies

A tactless or blundering friend can often cause more mischief than an enemy.

A hedge between keeps friendship green

We remain better friends if we do not see too much of one another. Our neighbour does not live in our house and we do not live in his. Hedge or... Read more →

He travels the fastest who travels alone

An ambitious man can get along much better when he is not hampered by a wife and family, or by friends who hold him back. The quotation comes... Read more →

He that hath a full purse never wanted a friend

Here 'wanted' means 'lacked. A similar proverb is Success has many friends. Because a man is rich, he is always surrounded by flatterers and... Read more →

A friend in need is a friend indeed

Your real friends are those who remain your friends when you are really in need of help.

Books and friends should be few but good

People who have too many books often find they haven’t any time to read them. In the same way people with too many friends cannot find enough... Read more →