During the second half term in autumn, we focus on FRIENDSHIP as a whole school value.

What do you think friendship means?

What does it mean to be a friend?

Is friendship always easy?


These are some quotes about friendship from the Bible.

'I speak to you as my friends' (John 15:15).

Jesus was known as the 'friend of sinners' (Matthew 11:19).

'A friend is always a friend' (Proverbs 17:17).

'A true friend is closer than your own family' (Proverbs 18:24).

'You can trust a friend who corrects you' (Proverbs 27:6).

Abraham and Moses are known as 'friends of God' (2 Chronicles 20:7 and Exodus 33:11).

'You are better off having a friend than being all alone... If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble' (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).


Words about Friendship

There are lots of famous sayings about friendship written by the great and the good. You can find many in books of quotations or in those little 'books of friendship' often sold in stationers. The fact that there is such a wealth of advice and wisdom on friendship shows how important friendship is for our general well-being and our fulfilment as people.

Some of the following quotes include the words 'man' and 'he' and you may like to change these to more inclusive language. Here are some possible quotes to use:

'A faithful friend is a strong defense; and if you have found such a one, you have found a treasure.'
from the Apocrypha

'What sweetness is left in life if you take away friendship.'

'Friendship is equality.'

'A man should keep his friendships in constant repair'.
Dr Johnson

'No man is useless while he has a friend.'
Robert Louis Stevenson

'A friend is the gift of God, and only he who made hearts can unite them.'
Robert Southey

'The man who has one friend is infinitely better off than the man who has no enemies and a million acquaintances'
E.F. Benson

'The only way to have a friend is to be one.' Ralph Waldo Emerson

 'Friendship is a sheltering tree.'

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

'Friend is a word of royal tone; friend is a poem all alone.'
Hafiz (Persian poet)

'I get by with a little help from my friends.'
John Lennon and Paul McCartney

'Each friend represents a world in us; a world possibly not born until they arrived, and is only by this meeting that the new world is born.'
Anais Nin

'Fate chooses your relations; you choose your friends.'
Jacques Delille

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