1. A friend in need is a friend indeed.
A friend that sticks with you and helps you when you’re in trouble is a true friend. For example, if you have a friend who helps you even when you have nothing to give back to them at that moment, they are a true friend.
2. A friend to all is a friend to none.
A friendship with a person who is friends with everyone is not unique or truly valuable. You can’t count on them. They won’t protect you or stick up for you when you have problems with others because they’re also friends with the other people too.
3. A friend’s eye is a good mirror.
Sometimes we don’t see ourselves as clearly as we do others. A good friend will truthfully tell you whether you do something good or bad which is valuable to have.
4. A man is known by his friends.
People judge you by the company you keep. Others will look at your friends and make assumptions about you based on the friends you choose to have in your life.
They also mean to say that it’s important who you pick as your friends because it affects your reputation.
Also known as: “A man is known by the company he keeps.”
5. Birds of a feather flock together.
People who like the same things and have similar personalities tend to enjoy spending time together. For example, different teenagers who like listening to rock music and skateboarding will all become friends and enjoy spending time together.
6. False friends are worse than open enemies.
It’s better to at least know who your enemy is, instead of believing someone is your friend only to find out that they aren’t.
At least when you know who your enemy is, you know not to trust them. Whereas if the person you are counting on won’t be there when you need them, it would be better to know you can’t count on them sooner rather than later.
7. Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
It’s easy to make friends when you first meet someone. But over time to develop a real friendship takes effort and hard work. Similarly to how keeping money is harder than making it.
8. A friend at hand is better than a relative at a distance.
Close companions in your life are more valuable than your family if you are not close to them.
This phrase is similar to the idea that your neighbor is more important in your life than your parents if they life far away. Because, if something happened to you, your neighbor could be there to help you.
9. Lend your money. Lose your friend.
You should never let your friends borrow your money. If you do lend them money, there is a big chance that you will either have problems with them paying you back, or they may become upset with you when you ask for your money back.
10. A man who has friends must himself be friendly.
Friendship is created through two people. A friendship won’t last long if only one person makes an effort. Just like any relationship, both sides of a friendship must actively work at the friendship for it to continue and develop.