Relationships are the fabric of life, each with a unique color, style, and texture. We have first-hand relationships with our spouse, family, friends, business colleagues, neighbors, church family, and casual acquaintances. Also, the concept known as “six degrees of separation” implies that we have transient, distant, indirect, and/or transcendent relationships with virtually everyone in the world. We are all intricately connected to one another.
Friendships are the most valuable of all relationships. As I sorted through hundreds of quotes about friends, I was surprised to notice that recent quotes tended to be more cynical than older ones. I suspect this reflects our culture. So, rather than turn this into a “Dr. Phil session” I’ve simply avoided the issue by selecting quotes that define friendship in a positive way, identify the benefits of friendship, and that speak of how to choose, value and respect our friends.
Who Are Our Friends?
“My friends are my estate.” — Emily Dickinson
“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren’t bad people; they’re just acquaintances.” — Jay Leno
“When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.” — Japanese Proverb
Finding a Friend
“There was a definite process by which one made people into friends, and it involved talking to them and listening to them for hours at a time.” — Rebecca West (1892 – 1983)
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” — Dale Carnegie
“A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.” — Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 – 1680)
“Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.” — Anonymous
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” — C.S. Lewis
The Value of Friendship
“Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.” — Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
“Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.” — Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)
Be a Friend
“When a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is any thing you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.” — Edgar Watson Howe (1853 – 1937)
“Reprove thy friend privately; commend him publicly.” — Solon (638 BC – 559 BC)
“Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.” — Seneca (5 BC – 65 AD)
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” — Bible, John 15:13
Let a friend know you care. Call or write TODAY!
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