Friendliness (quotes)


Friendliness is about being kind and pleasant to someone 


The rewards of friendliness


The world needs more friendliness

  • I pray for a more friendly, more caring, and more understanding human family on this planet. To all who dislike suffering, who cherish lasting happiness, this is my heartfelt appeal. The Dalai Lama
  • One thing everybody in the world wants and needs is friendliness. William E. Holler
  • Our object should be peace within, and peace without. We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial friendly relations with our immediate neighbours and with the world at large. Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Friendliness brings happiness

  • Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will live. Charles M. Schwab
  • The greatest comfort of my old age, and that which gives me the highest satisfaction, is the pleasing remembrance of the many benefits and friendly offices I have done to others. Cato
  • The secret of happiness is this – let your interests be wide as possible and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile. Bertrand Russell
  • Happiness

Goodness is the touch of a friendly hand

  • And when we come to think of it, goodness is uneventful. It does not flash, it glows. It is deep, quiet, and very simple. It passes not with oratory, it is commonly foreign to riches, nor does it often sit in the places of the mighty: but may be felt in the touch of a friendly hand or the look of a kindly eye. David Grayson
  • Goodness

Cultivate friendliness


Be friendly to everyone …

  • Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will live. Charles M. Schwab
  • Be friendly to everyone. Those who deserve it the least need it the most. Bo Bennett

… not just your friends but your enemies too

  • It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. Mahatma Gandhi
  • The difference between a friend and an enemy is friendliness. Frank Delaney
  • Enemies

If you’re friendly, everyone will seem friendly too

  • Everybody is like a magnet. You attract to yourself reflections of that which you are. If you’re friendly, then everybody else seems to be friendly too. David R. Hawkins
  • The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are. Thomas Dreier
  • When you look at the world in a narrow way, how narrow it seems! When you look at it in a mean way, how mean it is! When you look at it selfishly, how selfish it is! But when you look at it in a broad, generous, friendly spirit, what wonderful people you find in it! Horace Rutledge

Cultivate friendliness through compassion

  • The more compassionate you are, the more generous you can be. The more generous you are, the move loving friendliness you cultivate to help the world. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Compassion

Use friendly, sincere words

  • The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Be friendly even in competition

  • I kinda see everyone as competition. I’m a very competitive person. But I think that’s good. Competition is great. And as long as it’s friendly and not a malicious thing, then I think it’s cool. Janet Jackson
  • Competition

Be friendly to life


Be friendly to life

  • It will support and deepen your mindfulness to bring an attitude of curiosity, openness, non- judgmental acceptance, and even a kind of friendliness to the things you’re aware of. Rick Hanson
  • Embrace life

Be friendly with the present moment

  • Rather than seeing your present moment as an obstacle, see it as the supreme miracle. “Wayne, this is the only moment you have,” is a sentence I often say to myself to keep me on friendly terms with the now. Think about that: the only moment you have. When you realize the significance of this, you’ll immediately want to shift into a state of awe and gratitude for it, regardless of what is transpiring. Wayne Dyer
  • This one moment — Now — the only thing you can never escape from, the one constant factor in your life. No matter what happens, no matter how much your life changes, one thing is certain: it’s always Now. Since there is no escape from the Now, why not welcome it, become friendly with it? Eckhart Tolle
  • Live in the present

Be friendly towards other religions

  • If we are to respect others’ religions as we would have them to respect our own, a friendly study of the world’s religion is a sacred duty. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Religion

Believe in a friendly universe

  • The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe. Albert Einstein
  • Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work. Abdul Kalam
  • The universe

Final thoughts

  • A good motto is: Use friendliness but do not use your friends. Frank Crane
  • A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile.
  • Always hold your head up but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level. Max L. Forman
  • Don’t wait for people to be friendly. Show them how.
  • Every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.  Maya Angelou
  • Health is the first benefit. Content is the fortune. Friendliness is the first kindness. Nirvana is the first happiness. Buddha
  • Women pay more attention to that friendliness vs. hostility quality and are more concerned when it’s out of line than are men. Men are more interested in issues of control in their lives. Tim Smith
  • Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked. Yoga Sutras
  • Better a friendly refusal than an unwilling consent. Spanish Proverb
  • One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time. Hermann Hesse
  • A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Bible
  • I forgot to shake hands and be friendly. It was an important lesson about leadership. Lee Iacocca

On a lighter note

  • A lawyer is never entirely comfortable with a friendly divorce any more than a good mortician wants to finish his job and then have the patient sit up on the table. Jean Kerr
  • America is a large friendly dog in a small room; every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair. Arnold Toynbee
  • Bridge is a friendly game invented by two married couples who disliked each other.
  • Canadians are more polite when they are being rude than Americans are when they are being friendly.
  • If the banks are so friendly how come they chain down the pens? Alan King
  • Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them. Samuel Butler
  • Sex should be friendly. Otherwise stick to mechanical toys; it’s more sanitary. Robert A. Heinlein
  • User-Friendly: Of or pertaining to any feature device or concept that makes perfect sense to its programmer.