Friendship Quotes from the Wisdom of Great Philosophers

Great philosophers’ wise quotes and sayings on the importance and relevance of friendships.

Great philosophers have been quoted with numerous sayings. This article explores their philosophies and ideas on friendship through their wise quotes – from ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle and Epicurus, to later philosophers, Kierkegaard and Voltaire. These quotations all convey what friendships and friends mean to them.

Aristotle, Greek Philosopher

Aristotle (384 B.C.-322 B.C.), was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. From the age of 17, he took his education in Plato’s Academy. Later, he founded his own “the Lyceum” institution.

“It is better to pay a creditor than to give to a friend.” ~Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (4th-century B.C.)

Epicurus, Ancient Greek Philosopher

Epicurus (341 B.C. – 270 B.C.), was an ancient Greek philosopher and founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism, an atomic materialist who followed the footsteps of Democritus.

“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.” ~Epicurus, attributed (3rd-century B.C.)

Plato, Ancient Greek Philosopher

Plato (c.427B.C. – 347 B.C.), was an ancient Greek philosopher, mathematician, and student of Socrates. He was the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first reported institution of higher education. The Republic is Plato’s masterpiece.

“Friendship is, strictly speaking, reciprocal benevolence, which inclines each party to be solicitorus for the welfare of the other as for his own. The equality of affection is created and preserved by a similarity of disposition and manners.” ~Plato, attributed.

Søren Kierkegaard, Danish Philosopher

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), was a Danish philosopher born in Copenhagen. He is often considered the father of existentialism, who like Heidegger, came before he famous existentialist, Jean-Paul Sartre.

“Job endured everything – until his friends came to comfort him, then he grew impatient.” ~Søren Kierkegaard, Journal (1849).
Voltaire, French Philosopher and Writer

Francois-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), or simply Voltaire, he was a famous French philosopher and writer. Socially and politically engaged, Voltaire He made famous the age of reason more than any other philosopher during the Age of Enlightenment. He was greatly influenced by the works of John Locke and Isaac Newton.

“The wicked can only have accomplices, the voluptuous have companions in debauchery, self-seekers have associates, the politic assemble the factions, the typical idler has connections, princes have courtiers. Only the virtuous have friends.” ~Voltaire, “Friendship,” Dictionnaire Philosophique (1764).

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