„Plato is my friend — Aristotle is my friend — but my greatest friend is truth.“
These are notes in Latin that Newton wrote to himself that he titled: Quaestiones Quaedam Philosophicae [Certain Philosophical Questions] (c. 1664)
Variant translations: Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my best friend is truth.
Plato is my friend — Aristotle is my friend — truth is a greater friend.
This is a variation on a much older adage, which Roger Bacon attributed to Aristotle: Amicus Plato sed magis amica veritas. Bacon was perhaps paraphrasing a statement in the Nicomachean Ethics: Where both are friends, it is right to prefer truth.
Original: (la) Amicus Plato — amicus Aristoteles — magis amica veritas
Source: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
— Javad Alizadeh cartoonist, journalist and humorist 1953
Quoted in Humor & Caricature (April 1995), p. 3
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
— Tom Waits American singer-songwriter and actor 1949
— Francis Bacon English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, and author 1561 - 1626
— Emily Dickinson American poet 1830 - 1886
Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them.
Letter to Samuel Bowles (August 1858 or 1859), letter #193 of The Letters of Emily Dickinson (1958), edited Thomas H. Johnson, associate editor Theodora Ward
Variant: My friends are my "estate." Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them.
— Marc Benioff American businessman 1964
Quoted in Miguel Helft, " Google and Salesforce Join to Fight Microsoft http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/14/technology/14google.html?_r=1&oref=slogin", New York Times (April 14, 2008).
„I had my group of friends, you know, like my real group of friends, and then I had, like, party friends.“
— Jack Osbourne Son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne 1985
MTV.com Jack Talks About His Addiction and Recovery
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
„Come, then, affliction, if my Father wills, and be my frowning friend. A friend that frowns is better than a smiling enemy.“
— George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist 1824 - 1905
— John Boyne Irish novelist, author of children's and youth fiction 1971
Source: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
„But, Bubba? Aren’t you and Mark friends? (Nick)
Ah, hell no. Mark’s not my friend, he’s my minion. (Bubba)“
— Sherrilyn Kenyon Novelist 1965
— Abigail Adams 2nd First Lady of the United States (1797–1801) 1744 - 1818
Last words in a letter to John Adams, as quoted in Famous Last Words (1961) by Barnaby Conrad
History of the Church, 6:549 (22 June 1844)
Smith's reply when friends accused him of cowardice for intending to leave Illinois to avoid legal prosecution.