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Eustace Budgell Quotes

Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.

Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship; it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting.

The medium between a fop and a loven is what a man of sense would endeavor to keep; yet one well advises his son to appear, in his habit, rather above than below his fortune; and tells him he will find a handsome suit of clothes always procures some additional respect. My banker ever bows lowest to me when I wear my full-bottomed wig; and writes me "Mr." or "Esq." according as he sees me dressed.

The most difficult province in friendship is the letting a man see his faults and errors, which should if possible be so contrived that he may see our advice is given him, not so much to please ourselves as for his own advantage. - The reproofs, therefore, of a friend should always be strictly just, and not too frequent.