16 Maxims on Friendship and Company.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” Proverbs 23:20-21


“Too much familiarity breeds contempt.”

“Suspect extraordinary and groundless civilities.”

“Suspect a tale-bearer; and never trust him with your secrets who is fond of entertaining you with those of another person. No wise man will put good liquor in a leaky vessel.”

“By the company a man keeps, you may know what he is, or, at least, what he shortly will be.”

“He who walks with wise men shall be wise; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

“No man can be provident of his time—who is not prudent in the choice of his company.”

“Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man you shall not go, lest you learn of his ways, and get a snare to your soul.”

“Beware of a reconciled enemy and an untried friend.”

“Your own friend, and your father’s friend, forsake not.”

“Prosperity gains friends; adversity tries them.”

“Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.”

“A friend in need, is a friend indeed.”

“The best mirror is an old friend.”

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

“Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; so does the sweetness of a man his friend, by hearty counsel.”

“The best friendship is that which is cemented by love to Christ, the best of Friends. Those who are thus united, will, like David and Jonathan, strengthen each other’s hands in God; and the friendship begun on earth will be carried on and perfected in heaven.”

– Gorham Abbott, The Family At Home