All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
We are bound to lose Ireland in consequence of years of cruelty, stupidity and misgovernment and I would rather lose her as a friend than as a foe.
Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?
An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.
My friend is he who will tell me my faults in private.
Listen! Clam up your mouth and be silent like an oyster shell, for that tongue of yours is the enemy of the soul, my friend. When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues.