A true friend is the most precious of all possessions and the one we take the least thought about acquiring
Make books your companions; let your bookshelves be your gardens; bask in their beauty, gather their fruit, pluck their roses, take their spices and myrrh.
"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
No man is wise enough by himself.
So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
The light of friendship is like the light of phosphorus, even plainest when all around is dark.
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.
Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attentionÖ. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world, and the best that we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
Friendship is a sheltering tree.
Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.
There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.
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
The verb "to love" in Persian is "to have a friend." "I love you" translated literally is "I have you as a friend," and "I don't like you" simply means "I don't have you as a friend."
We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends.
It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
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Alone, we slip into a self reinforcing haze. A place of isolation in which the only voice we hear is our own, and we become more and more convinced that our world view, what we see, is the only one that makes sense, the only one that is correct. Living in our own heads we build empires, cast down the unworthy, glory in our intellect. We become a floating island of ego, living within ourselves and living only for ourselves. Other people are the only antidote to this. Friendship offers not only companionship, love, and fun, but it offers a reflector as well. Our ideas, prejudices, hatreds, misconceptions and brilliant notions bounce off another human being and are reflected back. We are forced to face ideas other than our own. Our mental lives become less rigid, we gain the ability to grow, to change our minds and to understand the perspectives of others.