‘Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say.’
A friend is one who knows you as you are,
Understands where you’ve been,
Accepts who you’ve become,
And still invites you to grow.
Spirit Level by Ann Bird, Methodist Publishing p54
‘If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.’
Winnie the Pooh
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
Charles Caleb Colton
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
‘Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.’
Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.
Friends are the Bacon Bits in the Salad Bowl of Life.
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A friend is one who walks in when others walk out
“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend. ”
Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
I get by with a little help from my friends.
“True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. ”
–Charles Caleb Colton
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
My friends are my estate.
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. ”
“Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends. ”
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival. ”
–C. S. Lewis
“I might give my life for my friend, but he had better not ask me to do up a parcel. ”
–Logan Pearsall Smith
The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.
–Abraham Lincoln, (sent by Heather Myers)
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him, his own. ”
“Though our communication wanes at times of absence, I’m aware of a strength that emanates in the background. ”
“I can trust my friends. These people force me to examine, encourage me to grow. ”
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. ”
Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
True friendship is never serene.
It’s the friends you can call up at 4am that matter.
A friend is a gift you give yourself.
–Robert Louis Stevenson
“Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success. ”
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody.
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
“Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with. ”
“Thus nature has no love for solitude, and always leans, as it were, on some support; and the sweetest support is found in the most intimate friendship. ”
“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind. ”
–Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The best mirror is an old friend.
What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies.
The friendship that can cease has never been real.
“I count myselt in nothing else so happy As in a soul rememb’ring my good friends. ”
“I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial. ”
“Sir, more than kisses, letters, mingle souls; For, thus friends absent speak. ”
“Too late we learn, a man must hold his friend Unjudged, accepted, trusted to the end. ”
–John Boyle O’Reilly
Friends have all things in common.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
“No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence. ”
“It is a sweet thing, friendship, a dear balm, A happy and auspicious bird of calm… ”
The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.
“The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters. ”
There is no hope of joy except in human relations.
“The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man’s success in life. ”
–Edward Everett Hale
“Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them.”
–Oliver Wendell Holmes
“The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this? ”
–Henry David Thoreau
“Friendship that flows from the heart cannot be frozen by adversity, as the water that flows from the spring cannogt congeal in winter. ”
–James Fenimore Cooper
“Friendship without self interest is one of the rare and beautiful things in life. ”
–James Francis Byrnes
True friendship’s laws are by this rule express’d, Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.”
“One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter. ”
Friendship is always a sweet responsibilty, never an oppourtunity.
“There is magic in the memory of schoolboy friendships; it softens the heart, and even affects the nervous system of those who have no heart. ”
I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.
True friendship is never serene.
–Marquise de Sevigne
“When friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance. ”
Friends are born, not made.
“This communicating of a man’s self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joy, and cutteth griefs in half. ”
“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what is made by the friends whom we choose. ” –Tehyi Hsieh
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch. Then the long collaboration fell apart.
It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.
One morning there was a knock on John’s door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox. “I’m looking for a few days work” he said. “Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there. Could I help you?”
“Yes,” said the older brother. “I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That’s my neighbor, in fact, it’s my younger brother. Last week there was a meadow between and he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll go him one better. See that pile of lumber over by the barn? I want you to build me a fence –an 8-foot fence — so I won’t need to see his place anymore. Cool him down, anyhow.”
The carpenter said, “I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I’ll be able to do a job that pleases you.”
The older brother had to go to town for supplies, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing. About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer’s eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence at
all. It was a bridge — a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work, handrails and all — and the neighbor, his younger brother, was coming across, his hand outstretched. “You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I’ve said and done.”
The two brothers met at the middle of the bridge, taking each other’s hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. “No, wait! Stay a few days. I’ve a lot of other projects for you,” said the older brother.
“I’d love to stay on,” the carpenter said, “but I have so many more bridges to build.”