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"I get by with a little help from my friends."
-- John Lennon and Paul McCartney, British rock musicians, in: "With a Little Help from my Friends"

"It redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in halves."
-- Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher and statesman, in" "Of Friendship", Essays

"If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair."
-- Samuel Johnson (1709-84), English writer, quoted in: Life of Samuel Johnson, by James Boswell


One friend in a lifetime is much; two is much; three is hardly possible.
-- Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), American historian and scholar, in: The Education of Henry Adams

Those friends thou has, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
-- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English dramatist and poet, in: Hamlet

The holy passion of friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring in nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
-- Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer, humorist and novelist, in: Pudd'nhead Wilson


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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